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1 Nick Baker Acting Director, Office of Open Learning
3/31/2017 Echo360 and Lecture Tools: Piloting a student engagement platform for UWindsor OUCC Conference 28 April, 2014 Nick Baker Acting Director, Office of Open Learning

2 Join the presentation in Lecture Tools

3 Overview Windsor and Provincial context Selecting a solution
Intro to Echo360 and Lecture Tools Considerations, challenges and unexpected outcomes Demo of the system and trying it out (time permitting)

4 What challenge are we trying to address?
Enhancing student engagement and learning, especially in large classes Reducing cost to students Clicker use declining (with no replacement) MTCU Ancillary fee policy Class sizes increasing Trying to increase quantity & quality of distance and hybrid courses Positioning ourselves to take advantage of the OOI funding & MTCU directions

5 Provincial Context Productivity and Innovation Fund (PIF) Grants
Multi-institutional and institutional Total of $45m shared across colleges and universities $1.32m funding across 7 projects 3 Institutional projects - $500k Money had to be spent by March 31, 2014

6 University of Windsor Institutional PIF Grants
Proposal Title Funding Navigating Large Foundational Classes: Providing Scalable Infrastructure for Next-Generation Blended Learning Classrooms to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes, Access and Choice $349,925 Leading the Leaders: Developing Metrics and Management Mechanism for Embedded Educational Leadership Initiatives $100,000 Enabling Cost-Effective Data-Driven Decision Making: Shoestring Analytics $49,468

7 Large Classes PIF Technology Echo360 lecture capture system
Lecture Tools Student Engagement System Classroom upgrades Electronic Course Outline System (ECOS) ePortfolio system

8 Instructor support Funds for development support
Instructional/curriculum design support Technology support Hardware

9 Echo360

10 What is Echo360? Integrated student engagement platform
Classroom lecture capture Personal lecture capture Rich Media Tool Learning analytics Lecture Tools (clickers on steroids!) (Echo) (LT + Echo)

11 Why Echo360? Feature set Price
Integration with existing systems (Crestron, Sakai etc) Existing expertise e.g. Wowza server for streaming media, Linux Streaming and recording Integration with Lecture Tools – powerful additional functionality

Students review class materials and collaborate with peers online to master content Teachers create and record study materials with embedded polls and quizzes Teachers engage with new interactivity, can monitor and adapt to student activity Students ask questions, take notes, flag issues, and respond to in-class questions No Clickers Required! Teachers receive real-time reports on student engagement and comprehension Students review and respond to prepare and provide feedback BEFORE CLASS DURING CLASS AFTER CLASS Slide Reference: Echo360, 2013

13 Multiple Recording Solutions
SafeCapture HD Appliance Hardware based capture Full integration with room A/V environment Ideal for auditoriums, smart classrooms, etc. Classroom Capture Software EchoSystem capture software Automated classroom capture using existing technology investment Personal Capture Software EchoSystem capture software on laptops/desktops Create modules and tutorials from anywhere with an internet connection KEY MESSAGE: In addition to the EchoSystem capture appliance, there are three other recording options available native to the EchoSystem that help institutions capture instruction in classrooms and beyond. All four options are fully integrated and managed with a single backend. __________ But let’s say you have classroom computers that your institutions has already invested in. That’s OK with us.  EchoSystem Podium capture software - the same that runs on the EchoSystem capture appliance - is also an option.  It is completed automated, can be scheduled and all the production and publishing of the instructional media happens without manual intervention. (IF WE ARE IN A COMPETITIVE SITUATION, MAY WANT TO MORE DIRECTLY ADDRESS THAT WE ARE NOT A HARDWARE ONLY CAPTURE SOLUTION) Outside of the classroom, we have two options.  First is personal capture, which allows instructors to record their computer screens from their desk, office, home.  It records video via a webcam, and is perfect for creating learning modules and tutorials that introduce or clarify a topic. Media Upload allows your institution to ingest external media created with popular consumer and professional-grade cameras and screen cast software.  Perfect for recordings that augment lectures researchers in the field or even student presentations. Again, all four of these options are available for your institution to choose from and managed with the same backend solution.  Its easy for your instructors, easy for your staff. Media Import Capture content using 3rd party tools Easily ingest content into EchoSystem with consistent look/feel/branding/security Slide Reference: Echo360, 2013

14 Capturing options 2 x video streams + 1 audio recorded
e.g. PC, external laptop, webcamera, VC cameras, document camera, electronic whiteboard, digital microscope…anything that can go through projector! HD Capture appliance Software Capture (no Mac, no streaming) Personal Capture Media Ingest

15 Media Import: Easily Upload Content from External Sources
The current EchoSystem 2.6 release already supports the creation of ad hoc teaching content through its Personal Capture module depicted at the top of this diagram. Personal Capture, or PCAP, allows users to capture user-generated learning objects on their individual PC or Mac and automatically publish this content into the standard EchoSystem packaging and publishing workflow. For the new external sources shown on this slide, EchoSystem 3.0 supports an exciting new feature called External Media Ingest that allows these and other forms of content to be easily moved into the EchoSystem environment as usable instructional content. Slide Reference: Echo360, 2013

16 HD Appliance - Video Any VGA, DVI-I or HDMI enabled device
H.264 standard 240kbps – 3.2Mbps Digital (HDMI) or analogue (composite) input Configurable output frame rate Output to stream (via Wowza server) + asynchronous “Echoes”

17 HD Appliance - Audio Stereo, mixed-mono, mono Capture in AAC
Pro-level or consumer level signals Balanced or unbalanced Stereo RCA or bare wire Control integrated with Crestron controller/touch panel


19 Software capture Site licence Same as Personal Capture now
Schedulable (personal capture not schedulable) Room AV input to PC Epiphan DVI2USB device ART Pro USB Dual pre-amp & computer interface No streaming, No Mac (Personal Capture does though) User must be logged in to start scheduled capture

20 Automated and Intelligent Workflow for Lecture Capturing
Record, Produce, Manage and Publish Instructional Media Slide Adapted from Echo360, 2013

21 Processing videos Internal HDD on Appliances for temporary local storage; PC HDD Push to ESS and Media Server via SFTP for processing Raw files stored on server, processed to ‘Echoes’ Raw = 60% of storage; delete these after 30 days & keep Echoes Processing time = real time + small % Processed in order received by server

22 Publishing videos Either released/published automatically or released manually by instructor Instructor can edit multiple times until raw files deleted (non-destructive editing) Multiple formats for same recording can be published Publish to LMS and EchoCentre Can make recording publically available Can publish to other locations e.g. iTunesU, RSS, webportal

23 Viewing recordings Access through LMS or EchoCentre
LDAP (requires Active Directory for full functionality), CAS, Shibboleth, Trusted System authentication Access on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, tablet/phone (app or browser) HTML5 interface

24 Echo Centre

25 Scheduling recordings
Schedule recordings based on Term, Course, Section, Instructor Campus, building, room Automatically schedule with integration to SIS (and/or other enterprise systems) Start automatically at scheduled time (appliance), or after log in (software) ‘Opt out’ at the moment Ad Hoc

26 Other considerations Can brand recordings automatically with institutional look and feel Can brand at the faculty or department level System Admins can change almost anything without additional assistance from Echo360 24/7/365 support from Echo

27 Lecture tools

28 What is Lecture Tools? Web-based student engagement platform
Similar to clickers but much more powerful Searchable repository Notes system Developed at UMich and sold to Echo360 Currently Flash-based with app for iOS (moving to HTML5) Can be integrated to LMS (LTI) (gradebook, access etc)

29 What is Lecture Tools? Very easy to use, upload files, add interactive slides, reorder etc. Drag and drop functionality Flat images of slides (no animations) Learning analytics (lite) Student notes, discussion forums, bookmarks, searchable lectures Student questions (anonymous or not)

30 Accessing Lecture Tools
LTI integration to Sakai – challenging but works Passes through roles but still need to create a password first time Students see list of lectures by date

31 First Use in CLEW

32 First Use in New CLEW Site

33 Outside of CLEW

34 Outside of CLEW Upload a file containing the following: address (mandatory), optional Last Name, First Name. No column headers, one student record per line Save as a .csv file

35 Student Access by Direct Link


37 Presenting in Lecture Tools
Can import previous presentation or upload new File types to upload can include .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pdf ‘Objectives’ slide can be created in the system Animations will be lost when uploading PPT Edits to slides need to be done in program they were created in, NOT online Delete, hide or rearrange order in Lecture Tools

38 Preparing a presentation

39 Question types Multiple question types inserted easily into presentation Behaves slightly differently on app (especially Image Quiz & visible characters) Results can be sent to gradebook in LMS

40 Developments coming in Echo360/Lecture Tools
Android App Integration with Echo360 as a single student engagement platform Improved analytics

41 Next steps Installation in classrooms over summer
Personal Capture rollout Lecture Tools trial in selected large classes Integrate with systems (LMS, SIS, etc)

42 Challenges & Considerations
Time restrictions on spending money Large project team Room AV setups different across campus Different reqs for appliance and software Integration with existing systems (LMS, SIS, HR) and level of integration Ongoing administration

43 Unexpected outcomes Increased deep collaboration across units
AV upgrades AV inventory New ways of managing AV in classrooms Policy review and development in a range of areas (e.g. security, archiving, copyright, appropriate use of IT, IP, course mode definitions etc.)

44 What are we trying to achieve?
3/31/2017 What are we trying to achieve? Going beyond one-off development Encourage development of new coherent credentialing programmes Attract new students Allow more current students to graduate/succeed Significant redevelopment of existing courses to DE/hybrid mode Redeveloping courses that are significant blockers for existing students

45 3/31/2017 What is the end game? Mainstreaming DE/Online/Flexible/Hybrid learning and teaching Building capacity in faculty, enabling new practices Sustainable offerings and practices Increasing quality in DE & blended offerings Improved reputation Providing more flexible options for all UWindsor students (and instructors!)

46 Summary Very simple to use, varying levels of automation possible
Expected high value return Lot of work, but worth it Need strong AV engineering, server, firewall/security teams Evaluation of outcomes longer term project Expect to see change over 2-3 years

47 Contact Nick Baker Acting Director, Office of Open Learning Erie Hall ext. 4925

48 Connect with us In person… Phone… On the web: Social media:
Erie Hall Phone… Ext 2008 On the web: Office of Open Learning Official Website (under construction): Open Learning Windsor Blog: Social media: Facebook:

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