All timetabled lectures at ACU are automatically recorded by the lecture capture system Echo360, enabling lecturers and students to stream recordings via a link in their LEO unit. Echo360 records audio from the microphone(s) located in the room, plus visual content displayed on the presenter's computer in the learning space.

Staff and students may also create videos on their personal computers using the Echo360 Universal Capture software.

Echo360 also has useful features that can help you to teach remotely, such as live streaming, enhanced editing, and automatic speech recognition. Please see Echo360 Features for Remote Learning (PDF).

How do I use Echo360 for automatic lecture capture?

Echo360 Lecture Capture is an automated service that requires no technical knowledge of the system to use. Classes scheduled as "lecture" in the ACU timetabling system will be automatically recorded. You may also use Echo360-enabled rooms to manually record tutorials and lab classes.

As a lecturer, you are required to:

  1. Log on to the presenter's computer in the classroom before your class starts.
  2. Log off after your class has finished.
  3. Create a link to your recordings from your LEO unit.

Lectures must be recorded where the technology is available and be made available to students in the LEO unit in order to satisfy the ACU policy for the minimum expected use of LEO.

How do I create videos with Echo360 Universal Capture?

Please see the Create videos with Universal Capture information in the LEO Guides.

Help and support

Please submit Lecture Capture support requests through Service Central or call (07) 3623 7272. For urgent requests please contact your campus duty officer.

Key features of Echo360

  • Automated lecture capture: minimal input from the lecturers required to record lectures.
  • Cloud-based storage: all recordings are stored and edited online.
  • Analytics: view reports about who is looking at and interacting with your recordings.

Only classes that are scheduled in the timetabling system as a “lecture” will be automatically recorded. A class listed as a “tutorial” will not, however you can still record the class using the ad-hoc recording option.

Depending on the devices available in the room, Echo360 will record:

  • The presenter's computer screen (and any materials being presented on it)
  • Audio via the microphone device(s) provided (may be fixed to a lectern or a mobile microphone)
  • Video through the computer webcam (if installed and enabled manually by the lecturer)

You should not record or upload video of students as participants or presenters without their consent and approval.

Recording tips

When recording, you should be aware of the proximity of the microphone. If it is fixed to a computer or lectern, stay within range of it so that you can be heard properly in any recordings. Instructions for how to use the wireless microphone will be provided in every lecture capture enabled teaching space.

If you are fielding questions from your students, it is good practice to repeat the question when giving your response. This way you can ensure that the microphones will have picked up the audio. An answer without a question can be very confusing to students!

Don't use a physical whiteboard as a visual aid during your discussion. Instead type your responses into a Word document (or similar) so that it is captured by as part of the screen recording.

Ensure that you arrive at the lecture space a few minutes early. This will ensure that you don't have 'black space' at the beginning of your recording.

Ensure that you start and finish your lecture on time. If your lecture runs over schedule then the end of your lecture will become the beginning of someone else's!

Linking to recorded lecturers alone is generally not suitable for the purposes of assessment, though it is a university requirement that these recordings be made available for students through LEO.

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Owston, Ron, Lupshenyuk, Denys, & Wideman, Herb. (2011). Lecture Capture in Large Undergraduate Classes: Student Perceptions and Academic Performance. Internet and Higher Education, 14(4), 262-268.

Roberts, James C. (2015). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Lecture Capture: Lessons Learned from an Undergraduate Political Research Class. Journal of Political Science Education, 11(1), 45-60.

Sloan, Thomas W., & Lewis, David A. (2014). Lecture Capture Technology and Student Performance in an Operations Management Course. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 12(4), 339-355.

Page last updated on 14/05/2020

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