Being "in the classroom" means viewing content or media in the class within an Echo360 course. You can also view content from your Library page if you have any. You may also find that you can view Echo360 content outside of Echo360 if someone has posted a Video Access Link or Embedded Video. This might apply to a window inside of your LMS/VLE or might be a video posted to your university's website.
If a video access link was posted, you can click the link (which is a direct URL) and open the item in a new tab. If the media was embedded in the page, typically a video plays directly on the page where it was placed. The tools you have access to when viewing content outside of the Echo360 Classroom are similar but not exactly the same as the In-Classroom tools you may be familiar with.
The playback bar, located at the bottom of the player, is identical for students and instructors and contains all the controls necessary for video playback as well as closed captioning and media source options.
The left side of the playback bar controls the playback of the video itself, while the right side of the bar contains additional controls for playback and viewing. These controls are listed below in the order they appear from left-to-right.
- Use the play/pause button to control the playback of the content.
You can also click on a location in the playback timeline to move the playback to that location.
If the play/pause button has focus you can use the left/right arrow keys to fast-forward or rewind by 10-second increments.
- The volume control button and slider allow you to change the volume of the playback, including clicking on the icon to mute the playback.
- The video timestamp shows the total length of the capture/video and the current location in playback.
- If the video has closed captions, the CC button is available, and clicking it presents the captions for the video using the standard HTML configuration.
- Use the Sources button to show/hide the video streams. You can view two streams at once, or one at a time as needed.
- Use the Speed button to change the speed of playback. You can playback the video at .5 (half) speed up to 2x speed, or anywhere in between, in .25 intervals as needed.
- The Open in a New Tab button allows you to open embedded content in a new, standalone tab.
The Transcript Panel behaves the same way as it does with the In-Classroom Transcript Panel, with one exception. You can also download an available transcript in either VTT or TXT format. When you can see the Transcript Panel is conditional based on how the content is accessed, as well as the availability of a transcript.
Transcripts for Video Links
The Transcript Panel is always shown when viewing content via a link whether or not a transcript exists for the media.
- When a link is created and a transcript exists, the transcript is shown.
- When a link is created and there is no transcript, a message is displayed in the panel that there is no transcript.
- If a link already exists and then a transcript is generated, the link will automatically be updated to show the transcript.
Transcripts for Embedded Content
When viewing embedded content, the availability of the Transcript depends on whether there was a transcript available at the time the Embed code was generated.
- When the embed code is created, if a transcript exists, any embedded content using that code will show the transcript (with the option to Hide it if desired).
- When the embed code is created, if there is no transcript, no transcript panel is displayed for any embedded content using that code.
- If an embed code already exists and has been used to create embedded content, and then a transcript is generated, the embedded content is not updated.
In order to see a transcript that was created after embedding:
- Click the Open in a New Tab button.
- Re-generate the embed code and update the page where the content is embedded.
Polls and Interactive Media
Polling Questions can be embedded into videos to create Interactive Media. Any poll "gates" the playback so that Students cannot continue viewing or listening (or viewing a transcript) until they respond to the poll. For more information, see Viewing Videos with Embedded Polling Questions.
BE ADVISED: Students can respond ONLY ONCE to embedded polls. This is because any response allows the user to continue viewing the video, thereby negating the purpose of gating it. Once they respond, the student is shown their answer along with the correct answer (if one is identified) for the question.