Navigating around Echo360 is done using the Top Menu options located at the top of the Echo360 window. For most users, there are three options:
- Library - This is your media Library. It holds all of the media you can view outside of a course. It contains both media you own as well as any media that another user has shared with you.
- Courses - This page lists all of the courses/sections you are enrolled in (as your current role; if you occupy multiple roles in the system, such as student and teaching assistant, change your role to see your courses with that role).
- Groups - This is where you can access any groups you are a member of, where you can create new groups to hold media, and invite users to your groups. Some institutions have the Groups option disabled; in this case you will not see a Groups option in the main menu.
Along with the navigation links described above, the main menu has a Create button. This allows you to Upload media to your library, OR launch Universal Capture for creating new media and then uploading it.
If you access Echo360 through an LMS/VLE, such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, or Brightspace, you may open Echo360 directly in a Course. If you need to access your Media Library in Echo360, click the Library option in the top menu, as shown above. Or click Groups to access your Groups. But you may not need to access your Courses from the main menu, as the LMS/VLE guides you into each of your courses.
Seeing Your Media Library
Click the Library option from anywhere to access your media library. The tiles show preview thumbnails of the media. By default, the Library page shows all media, including media you own, media that has been shared with you, and media that resides in any Groups you are a member of.
Use the Filter option located on the right side of the Library page to view only certain categories of media.
The Filter options include filtering by type of media, whether you own the media or not, whether it has been shared with another user or a course, and the ability to view media specific to a course (relevant if you are an instructor who owns a lot of media across many courses and terms).
Selecting to filter by Owner allows you to show only YOUR media, or only media that has been shared with you.
The Owner filtering options, shown in the below figure, include:
- Anyone is the default and shows all media regardless of whether you own it or it is owned by someone else and has been shared with you
- Select Me to show only media you own
- Select Anyone except me to show media that has been shared with you
- Select a specific user to see the media a particular user has shared with you
The content tiles provide at-a-glance information. They show the length of the video or the number of slides in the presentation, the name or title of the media, and at the bottom of the tile, the owner. If the owner listed is someone other than you, it is shared media, owned by another Echo360 user but shared with you so you can see it.
Hover over the tile and you get a menu button, as shown in the below figure. This is the menu button for all actions you can perform on the media.
Click the menu button. The options available on the menu depend on whether you are a student, teaching assistant, or instructor, whether or not you own this piece of media, and a few other system settings.
Click on the tile to open the Details page. As discussed in The Media Details Page, this page is the one location where just about everything you can do with media is available.
Seeing Your Courses
Click the Courses option from the Main Menu to access all of your Courses. The Courses in the current (or most recent) term are listed first and all courses are depicted as tiles on the Courses page, as shown in the below figure.
Each course tile shows the term, the course name, the course number, and the section name. The number in the main panel identifies how many classes there are in the course.
LMS/VLE Users: Your LMS/VLE (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Brightspace) should contain all the links you need to enter the course you are enrolled in. In particular, if you are a student, unless you have a reason to access your courses through the Courses page described here, you should access them ONLY through the LMS/VLE.