Lecture Capture (Echo360)
The Lecture Capture system records lectures and events in supported venues. Recordings are made available to students as streaming video, via the LMS.
What is Lecture Capture?
The Echo360 Lecture Capture system records audio and visual content from presentations in over 152 theatres and other supported venues across the University. This service is automatically accessible for centrally timetabled lectures and also available for public events and conferences scheduled using Venue Hire.
Teaching and learning applications
In addition to providing access to scheduled and ad-hoc lecture recordings, Lecture Capture can be used by staff to upload video content as part of their subject materials for students to stream. Presentations can be enriched with interactive activities such as polls, quizzes and media slides in your uploaded presentations and Q&A discussions can be turned on within live lectures or within the recordings.
While watching lectures and other recordings, students can use the system to anonymously flag ‘points of confusion’ for staff to review, add bookmarks and take study notes to utilise system-generated personal study guides.
In-venue best practice guidelines
To ensure high quality Lecture Capture recordings within a venue:
- Before your presentation, review the Copyright Office’s advice on using copyright material in lectures.
- Make sure you know how to use lectern touch panels.
- Make sure you know how to pause Lecture Capture recording, and remember to pause your recording when you present copyrighted material or confidential information.
- Always wear the lapel microphone provided.
- Repeat any questions asked by the audience to ensure both question and answer are recorded.
- Stop the Lecture Capture recording if you finish early, especially if you hold personal discussions at the end of a lecture.
Access and licensing
Access Lecture Capture for timetabled lectures
Both staff and students can access Lecture Capture using a tool link available in their LMS subject. For information about creating this tool link and making the existing Lecture Capture page accessible to students, please see the getting started guide for staff.
Staff do not need to book recordings for centrally timetabled lectures; alterations to the timetable will automatically adjust the recording schedule.
Access Lecture Capture for ad hoc bookings
Staff at the University of Melbourne are welcome to schedule a recording of other teaching activities (e.g. seminars or tutorials), or wider University activities (public seminars, departmental meetings, conferences and guest presentations). Once processed, a recording will be generated and accessible from the requesting staff member's Lecture Capture Library.
Staff can schedule any bookings following the process below:
- Check whether your venue is supported for the use of Lecture Capture.
- Log in to the Lecture Capture Schedule Assistant tool to create a new recording schedule.
- Once confirmed in the tool, the recording will start automatically at the scheduled time. Venues with touch panels will show the recording status when the session has started.
- Staff and students can access recordings in the Lecture Capture link in the LMS, or directly in the Lecture Capture system.
For more information, please see the booking and accessing public seminars and events guide.
Echo360 mobile app
Access your Lecture Capture recordings with the Echo360 app. Available for free for mobile and tablets on iOS, Android, or Windows. The app is supported for all University of Melbourne staff and students.
Help for this app is available on the Echo360 website: quick guide to the mobile apps.
Support and resources
Lecture Capture is supported by Learning Environments. Any questions regarding accounts, usage and training can be submitted through the LMS support request form.