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Echo 360

Echo360 is a technology that allows you to record your lecture in certain classrooms on campus. It captures the audio in the room, the presentation content from the computer, and video of you at the podium. The lecture can be published in a variety of formats including Rich Media Flash, MP3 audio, and M4V video with the ability for files to be automatically uploaded to Blackboard or iTunesU.

One thing that is very important to understand is the strict storage policy in place set by the system administrators. The policy as they write it is:

The published files can be viewed for two weeks beyond final exams of each semester. At that time all files from that semester will be purged. You will have 14 days after the original recording to make any modifications or simple edits. You will also have the option of downloading those files within the 14 day time period for advanced editing or saving to a media format of your choice. Downloading of those files will be the responsibility of your department. Throughout the year, any captures older than 15 days and marked as "Unavailable" will be deleted.

The important takeaway from this is: if you want to access your files beyond the semester in which they are recorded, you need to download them to your computer.

Another significant attribute to consider is the original intent of Echo360. This system was initially implemented for means of review. Faculty teaching on campus would record their lectures for their students to revisit later. We do not recommend Echo360 as a tool for content development; we instead recommend Camtasia.

For information about which classrooms on campus are equipped with Echo360, please refer to this list of classrooms maintained by AV Services. Scheduling for these classrooms is handled through the Registrar’s Office in the same manner any other on campus classroom is. Departmental and college IT support staff are trained to use and schedule Echo360 lecture capture. For further information about training contact AV Services.

If you are interested in more information about Echo 360, you may visit the Echo 360 page within the Academic Technology Training Library.