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Learning and teaching tools: Videos

A portal to information about key learning and teaching tools used at Monash

Notice

Accessing live-stream (March 6, 2019)

We’re now live streaming your unit using Echo360. Check the information on this page if you need tips or support. You'll also need to install Flash.

Please also note, effective March 7, 2019, sessions will no longer be recorded in Panopto.

Live streaming

Enabling Flash for live-stream

Live-streaming with Echo360 requires the use of Adobe Flash. When live-streaming through a Learning Management System, like Moodle, to ensure that you're not prompted to enable Flash each time, you'll need to configure your browser settings.

The guides below show you how to set up your browser to seamlessly live-stream with Echo360.

View the live-stream­

  1. Navigate to your Moodle unit and go to lecture recordings link.

The live class appears with a LIVE badge next to the class name. If the class is happening now, the LIVE badge is green and there is a green dot to the left of the class name.

class list showing a currently happening live class as described

  1. Click the class name to enter the classroom.
  2. Click Show Live Stream (it will not autoplay)

The classroom toolbar appears across the top of the screen, allowing you to:

Tips:

  • If viewing the Live stream on a mobile device: it automatically buffers 40 seconds of the stream to ensure smooth playback. This means you may experience a delay in the start of the stream, and that your view will lag anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute behind the real-time action.
  • Viewing Live streams is not supported on Android devices.

 

Ask questions during a live-stream

For Live streaming classes, the Questions panel appears by default

screenshot of new question window

  1. Enter text into the New question textbox
  2. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your question.
  3. Select whether to Reference class content with the question. This simply means that the classroom presentation will synch to the question when another user selects it.
  4. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post the question without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  5. Click POST QUESTION.

Note: The Lecture Capture Q&A feature is primarily used during live streaming sessions. If you are viewing a pre-recorded session, you can still use the Q&A to ask questions, however your lecturer may not respond promptly to them. It is recommended that you post your questions to your Moodle unit forum instead.

 

To view classroom discussions

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon to open the Discussions panel.

screenshot of discussions panel

  1. Click the question/post you want to respond to.
  2. Click RESPOND TO THIS QUESTION.
  3. Enter your response in the text box.
  4. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your response (optional).
  5. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post your response without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  6. Click POST.
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Lecture recordings

Accessing Echo360 recordings

Access to recordings is through Moodle.

Find the link to the Echo360 recordings on your unit's Moodle page and click through to it. 

If there's no link or you're unsure, check with your faculty admin or lecturer to see if they intend to give access to recorded material through Moodle.

Note: The Lecture Capture Q&A feature is primarily used during live streaming sessions. If you are viewing a pre-recorded session, you can still use the Q&A to ask questions, however your lecturer may not respond promptly to them. It is recommended that you post your questions to your Moodle unit forum instead.

FAQ

I'm having trouble accessing/playing recorded lectures on my units Moodle page. What can I do?

Still having problems? Record the unit code and lecture date/time and any error message. Then report the error to Service Desk Online or telephone 9903 2777 (or x32777 from a University landline on campus).

 

Echo360 Mobile Apps

The Echo360 mobile app permits you to access content and interact with presentations in classes. To download the latest version of the Echo360 app for your platform, click here. Two things you must know:

  1. You will need to create an Echo360 password to use the app. Your Moodle and Echo360 email address are (and must be) the same.
  • Enter Echo360 as you normally do, through Moodle.
  • Click the Settings icon in the top right corner of the screen (it looks like a gear).
  • Select Account Settings.
    Be sure to make note of your email address; this is the email address you will enter into the app when logging in.
  • Click CREATE PASSWORD.
  1. You will need to access Learning Capture from EACH of you Moodle unit to identify you as a student in each unit at least once through a browser.

To download recording via Mobile App

  1. Log into Echo360 App using your Monash email address and the Echo360 password you’ve created in above step.
  2. Select the course you want to access.
  3. Scroll through the class list to find the recording/s you’d like to download.
  4. Click on the … button on the top right corner and click download.
  5. If the recording has a dual-video feed, select whether to download video one or video two.

When finished, the class list will note for you that you have downloaded the video and can view it offline.

Only the Echo360 Mobile App can be used to view downloaded videos.

Effective 7th March 2019, sessions will no longer be recorded in Panopto.

Watching recorded sessions in Panopto

panopto video interface

Menu item Description
Content Displays chapters or sections within your session.
Notes Notes are synchronise to what you’re watching when you type them. This is useful as a student note-taking tool. You can mark them public or private. Type and hit Enter.
Bookmarks Add a bookmark to a specific time in your session that you wish to return to help you remember important moment. Type and hit Enter.
Discussion Ask a question or share a comment. Your post will be seen by everyone.
Download button Download icon. Click the icon to download as a Podcast.
settings button Settings icon. Click the icon to adjust sharing options, view quiz results, merge, copy & delete sessions.
sharing button Share icon. Click the icon to adjust your sharing options for your sessions or folders.
Edit button Edit icon. Click the icon to launch the Panopto Editor, where you can snip/edit sections, add quizzes, adjust captions, edit slides and much more.
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Video assignments

The ‘Panopto Embed Tool’ icon ‘Panopto Embed Tool’ icon is the function you use to record, insert or upload video content within Moodle. Students can use this tool to submit videos to the assignment folder.

 

To make a video file submission:

1. Click the Add submission button to bring up the online text editor page.

panoptoaddsubmission

2. Click on the Panopto icon 'Panopto Embed Tool’ icon

panoptoaddvideo

3. Choose the correct folder to submit your assignment to. Note: this is usually a subfolder of the unit folder with the word “[assignments]” at the end e.g. ACT2010 [assignments].

screenshot of choosing the correct Panopto folder

4.  A dialog box will appear, that will allow you to either:

screenshot of upload and record in Panopto

5. Click Insert.

6. Click Save Changes.

panoptosavechanges

7. There should now be a Last modified date and the file(s) uploaded will also be displayed.

submissionstatus

8. Depending on how the assignment is setup, the status will either read Submitted for grading - in which case no further action is need, or Draft (not submitted).

9.  If changes are required, click on Edit my submission.

editsubmission

10. Once ready to submit, click Submit assignment.

submit

11. Your lecturer may require you to agree to a submission statement before the submission process is finalised.  To agree to the student statement, check the tick box and click Continue.

continue

12. Note once the assignment is 'submitted' no further changes are allowed.

​Uploading a video to Panopto

  1. To upload an existing video file, click the Upload tab.
  2. Drag and drop multiple video or audio files at a time or click the dashed box to browse your computer for files.
  3. Click Insert when you are done and the recording will be published.

Note: Panopto will use the file name as the session name, but you can rename this while the content is uploading.

screenshot of where to drag and drop files for uploading

Recording with the Panopto recorder

1. Click the Record tab in the pop up window.

2. Type the title of your video and click the 'Record' button.

Note: If you do not have the Panopto software installed, please click the download link on the dialog box.

3. The Panopto software will be launched. Click "Sign in with Moodle SSO" and enter your Monash username and password.

panopto sign in options

 

4. Make sure that the folder selected is your assignment folder for the unit you're submitting to.

5. Select your Primary Sources. Use:

  • Video field to select your camera
  • Audio field to select your microphone
  • Quality field to select your preference. Here’s more info on video resolution quality. We recommend Standard.

You must have at least an audio input in order for the recording to be complete and usable without additional recordings.

Note: In the Video field, you can select None, if you do not want to record yourself.

6. You can choose to also capture what is displayed. Select your Secondary Sources.

  • Capture PowerPoint -
  • Capture Main Screen -

After you have selected your video and audio inputs, you can choose to also capture what is displayed on your screen and/or PowerPoint presentation.

You can also add an additional video source here if you have more than one camera/monitor plugged into your computer.

Note: In order to properly record PowerPoint presentations, after you have launched PowerPoint, you must have it in full screen presentation mode.

To adjust screen capture resolution, click the drop down menu to the right of Resolution and choose the resolution you desire. You can also adjust the bit and frame rate per second by dragging the sliders shown below. Click Apply to save changes.

screenshot of the resolution menu in Panopto

 

Starting, Stopping, and Pausing

To begin recording, click the red RECORD icon (or F8). Once your recording has started, the icon will change into PAUSE (or F9) and STOP (or F10).

To stop the recording and close it, click the STOP icon. If you had picked a folder before you started, it will then begin to upload the recording to the folder you had chosen.

To pause the recording, click the PAUSE button. Even though you've paused your video, it will continue to record, but will not show up in the final version on the website.

Note: If you forgot to un-pause and didn't get the end of your recording, you can still access the full recording.

After you’ve recorded your video a dialog box Recording Complete appears. Click Upload. Panopto will then process your video - this might take some time.

Go back to your Moodle page in your browser and click Insert when you’re done and the recording will be published.

 

Further resources

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