Adding a Link to Echo360 in Your Course

This guide will demonstrate how to add a link to Echo360 in your Blackboard course and connect it to your respective Echo360 section

Image of a Blackboard Content area showing the Tools menu open. An arrow points to the Tools button with instructions to click on Tools. In the menu, the Echo360 option is outlined with a red circle with an arrow pointing to it with instructions to select Echo360

Navigate to the content area you wish to add the Echo360 link so you and your students can access the Echo360 platform. Click on Tools at the top of the page and select Echo360 from the menu. You only need to add the link to the course once, as students will access all Echo content from this link.

You will now see a screen labeled Create Echo360. Under the section labeled Information, you will be asked to enter the following:

  1. Name: Enter a name for the link here.
  2. Description: Enter a description for the link in textbox provided.
  3. Attach File: Click Browse My Computer or Browse Course to attach files.

About Grading Options

The step below explains how to turn on grading for the link to Echo360 for capturing grade data from interactive activity slides. The purpose of this feature is to enable faculty to push grade data from interactive activity slides to Blackboard's Grade Center. Grades are not captured for individual video views. If you do not wish to enable grading, skip this step and proceed to the Availability Options step.

When you first create a link, there is no option to "Enable Evaluation." If you do not wish to grade activities within Echo360, submit the page, and edit the link, and the ability to turn evaluation off will appear. This is a known issue in Blackboard.

Grading Options

Image of the Grading section with the following annotations: 1.Enable Evaluation: Select Yes to enable grading for Echo content.2.Points Possible: Enter the total number of points possible here.3.Visible to Students: Select Yes to make the item visible to students in My Grades4.Due Date: Use the time and date selectors to select a due date for the item.

The Grading section allows you to create a column in the Grade Center to push grade data from Echo to. If you link to the Echo360 section home and select this option, a single column will be created that will reflect the total for all activities. If you link to a classroom session, only grade data from that session will be pushed to the Grade Center. More details on linking content can be found in Connecting Your Blackboard Course to Your Echo360 Account.

  1. Enable Evaluation: Select Yes to enable grading for Echo content.
  2. Points Possible: Enter the total number of points possible here.
  3. Visible to Students: Select Yes to make the item visible to students in My Grades
  4. Due Date: Use the time and date selectors to select a due date for the item.

Availability Options

Image of the Options section with the following annotations: 1.Permit Users to View this Content: Select Yes to make the item available to students.2.Track Number of Views: Select Yes to enable Statistics Tracking for this item to record how many times students access the link.3.Select Date and Time Restrictions: Use the date selectors to select the beginning and ending date for the content availability.4.When finished, click the Submit button.

The Options section allows you to modify the item's availability to students. (Note: This option only allows you to change the availability of the entire Echo360 link from students. If you are interested in changing the availability of only certain videos in the system, please follow the instructions in the Changing the Availability of Content in a Course guide.)

  1. Permit Users to View this Content: Select Yes to make the item available to students.
  2. Track Number of Views: Select Yes to enable Statistics Tracking for this item to record how many times students access the link.
  3. Select Date and Time Restrictions: Use the date selectors to select the beginning and ending date for the content availability.
  4. When finished, click the Submit button.

Accessing Echo360 from Blackboard

Image of a content area in Blackboard showing a link to Echo360 with an arrow pointing to it.

To access Echo360 from Blackboard and to link your Echo360 content to Blackboard, click on the link you have just created using the instructions above.  You can then link to either the Section Home in Echo360, where users would be able to access all available Echo360 videos and interactive presentations from one link, or you can link to individual class sessions, where students would be taken directly to the video or presentation you wish for your students to view. Note: If you are accessing the Active Learning Platform through Blackboard for the first time, you will be prompted to log into Echo360 using your Echo360 username and password. This will only appear the first time you access your Echo content from Blackboard.