About Echo360

What is it?

Echo360 is an audio, video, and screen capturing software and streaming service at UK that can be integrated with Blackboard or iTunes U. Recorded content is hosted on the Echo360 server and can be published as Rich Media Flash files for viewing online, or MP3 audio or M4V video files for download. Streamed content is available for viewing until the end of the semester in which it was recorded, while downloaded content may be retained indefinitely.

Echo360 has two main parts:

Classroom Lecture Capture
Echo360 lecture capture enables presenters to simultaneously record ambient classroom audio, content displayed via the classroom projector, and video of the presenter at the podium. Content capture can be pre-scheduled to begin and end automatically at set times, or ad hoc recordings can be made while in the room. Presenters work with their college or department IT support staff to schedule the recording(s) and select recording options. Recorded content can be published as Rich Media Flash files for viewing online, or MP3 audio or M4V video files for download. Streamed content is available for viewing until the end of the semester in which it was recorded, while downloaded content may be retained indefinitely.

Personal Capture
Echo Personal Capture software, commonly refered to as Echo PCAP, can be used by individuals or small groups to record audio, video, and/or computer presentations from a office, home, or other location. Recordings are stored on the computer used to make them and can be uploaded to the Echo360 server, incorporated into a multimedia project, or published using a consumer platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.

How can I use it?

Echo360 is a good option for a variety of needs. Instructors may know in advance that they will be out of town for a conference or other event. Rather than losing a day of valuable class time or trying to recruit another professor to take their place, the instructor could record that day's lecture ahead of time and make it available to students to keep them on track and ready for the next meeting. Recording presentations and lectures can also be valuable for hybrid classes where face to face time and access to the instructor is limited. Similarly, distance learning courses can also benefit. Echo PCAP can also be used to record supplements to in-class instruction, such as videos that show students how to access online textbook content or solve sample math problems.

Echo360 can easily be integrated into a Blackboard course for streaming access by students, or into iTunes U for download access by students, other members of the UK community, and/or the general public.

Who can use it?

All members of the UK community can download, install, and create recordings with Echo Personal Capture software. Publishing content recorded with Lecture Capture or PCAP software to the Echo360 server requires an Echo presenter account, which may be obtained through the requester's college or department IT support staff. Access to view content varies based on the distribution options chosen by the content creator and ranges from a limited audience to the general public.

Where is it?

Classroom Lecture Capture
There are over 50 classrooms located across campus that are specially equipped to record lectures using Echo360.

Personal Capture
The personal capture software, commonly refered to as Echo PCAP, can be downloaded for Mac or PC computers from the UK download server.

Costs

Echo360 and Echo PCAP are fully site-licensed by UK, so usage is free for all UK individuals. Depending on the distribution options chosen by the content creator, non-UK guests and members of the general public can also view content created with Echo360 for free.

Getting Help

For technical support, call the UKIT Service Desk at 218-HELP (4357) or email helpdesk@uky.edu. For instructional support, including best practices for effective educational use, contact the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) or Distance Learning Programs (DLP).

Technical Requirements

Classroom Lecture Capture
Presenters must be in a classroom specially equipped to record lectures using Echo360. Video output from laptops or tablets will be captured if the device is connected to the overhead projection system in the room.

Personal Capture
To install and record content with Echo PCAP, your system and peripherals must meet or exceed the minimum system requirements.

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