Some programs at WesternU routinely record classroom lectures and make the recordings available for review through Blackboard or SharePoint. If your program is one of these, please read the following.
Location and Types of Lecture Capture Files
Lectures recorded through our Echo360 lecture capture system are scheduled in advance and may be uploaded to specific SharePoint folders or Blackboard courses at the discretion of the program or instructor. In Blackboard, links to these recordings can be found within an online dashboard area called the EchoCenter and include the following types of files:
- Audio Video Webcast is a streaming presentation (not downloadable) that can be viewed at different connection speeds. The EchoPlayer is set to a high connection speed (broadband) by default, so you can viewing the video and PowerPoint slides, with audio, for any recorded lecture. A low connection speed option (dial-up) is also available for viewing Powerpoint slides with audio only.
- Audio Podcast is an audio-only, mp3 file that can be downloaded to your mobile device or computer.
- Video Podcast or Enhanced Lecture is only the audio and PowerPoint slides. The file is an m4b file and can be downloaded to your mobile device or computer for viewing.
To learn more about the EchoCenter and related features, please see our Guided Tour of the EchoCenter.
NOTE: Under normal network traffic conditions, a recorded lecture will require about the same amount to process and post as it takes to make the original recording. Therefore, an hour-long lecture will post approximately one hour after the lecture has ended.
Variable Speed Playback
With the installation of Echo360 v5.2, a new variable speed feature was added to the Echo Player. Located next to the other player controls, the Variable Speed Player (VSP) will allow you to view the PowerPoint presentation with audio at either one-half or twice the normal speed. Video is not supported and will be blacked out while the VSP is in use.
This feature is only compatible with newer browsers that support the HTML5 standard. See Echo360 Compatible Browsers for more information.
Live webcasting is a new feature of Echo360 that provides a real-time video stream, simulating the classroom experience for remote learners. If a live webcast is scheduled for one of your courses, refer to our Live Webcasting Guide to learn how to join and participate in such a webcast.
If you experience slowdowns and momentary pauses while watching the lectures, it could be due to network congestion. Because the high speed connection uses a much higher bandwidth, increasing network traffic, we recommend using the low speed connection whenever possible. Other issues you may encounter while viewing lecture recordings include the following:
- Can’t hear the audio portion of the lecture – Check to make sure that the volume on your computer’s audio output is turned up and not muted.
- Can’t find a recorded lecture – While we do our best to ensure that the lectures are recorded as scheduled, hardware and software failures can happen. However, Lecture Halls 1 and 2 are equipped with a backup system that records audio only in the event of such a failure.
- Can’t play the recording – Contact our technical support hotline x5432 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, the recorded lectures are not a substitute for attending classes!
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