Faculty: On-Campus Recording Using Echo360-Enabled Rooms

Echo360 Courses and Sections

Spring 2021: All CSU Courses and Sections appearing in the ARIESweb (Banner) registration system automatically have an Echo360 Course and Section created, and the assigned professor as the primary Echo360 instructor. Please make sure the registrar has any changes you make to courses, sections, room assignments and primary instructors so the system will reflect the appropriate changes made. These need to be made as soon as possible, preferably before students register. Contact the registrar through your department liaison.

Echo360 Recording Schedules

Spring 2021: Most courses and sections that occur in an Echo360 enabled classroom automatically have a recording schedule created. The recording starts at the official class start time: (for example, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm). The recording also stops at the official class stop time: (for example, 10:50 am, 1:45 pm). Contact the Echo360 Support Team to change start or stop times by no more than 5 minutes between classes and recordings. Prior to the first class date, it is a good idea to check and confirm your schedule.

Camera controls
Full Camera Controls
Clark C251 Creston
Choose your preferred camera shot each time.
Classroom Camera
Classroom cameras are mounted on back or side wall.

Steps for Recording in an Echo360 Classroom

As CSU approaches 200 classrooms enabled with Echo360 capabilities, faculty are finding that recording their lectures are a valuable asset to their Canvas Courses. To record in an Echo360 room:

  1. Turn on the Crestron AV System and select an input for screen capture, (NOTE: Whatever is sent to the projector is typically what is captured in Echo360.
    • Lectern PC
    • Laptop device plugged into the system
    • Document Camera
  2. Find the Camera Control button on the Crestron AV System Monitor, and select a camera shot
    • Tight – Close up framed shot of lectern
    • Medium – Wider shot to include around lectern area
    • Wide – Entire front of classroom, includes front few rows of student seating
    • Some rooms offer pan (left, right) tilt (up, down) and zoom (close, far) capabilities.
  3. Locate the mic
    • Most rooms have a Boundary Mic located somewhere on the Podium. Please stay within five feet of the mic for best audio quality. Stand behind podium or to one side. When a boundary mic is present, any other mic is for "voice lift" only, to help amplify a voice through the PA system. It does not record to Echo360.
    • If only the Belt Pac Shure type mic in the charging cradle is present, put on the belt pac and clip the lapel mic to the middle sternum or chest area. In the absence of a boundary mic, use this mic to record for Echo360. If the PA is needed, don't turn up too high.
    • A few rooms have ceiling mics. Nothing to turn on or off here.

Faculty, you are now ready to teach your course.

Important: To ensure privacy when having a private conversation where a lecture recording has been scheduled automatically, you should either turn off or mute (light turns red) the classroom microphone, or physically step away from the podium.

Echo360 Pod
The Echo360 Pod is a device that records and stores your recordings. It is hidden inside the lectern.

Pod (Recording Device)

Lectures will be recorded on the Echo360 Pod device installed in the lectern. These are not for faculty use, so don't ever touch, plug, or unplug anything. They remain inside the lectern and store all recordings for up to two weeks. When the scheduled recording finishes, it automatically uploads for processing and storage on the web. Nothing is stored locally here on campus at CSU, except the POD recordings that stay in the Pod for two weeks as backups, then get erased over.

Boundary mic on with green light
Boundary Mic

Microphones

Most Echo360-equipped classrooms now have a microphone permanently installed in each room.

Boundary Mic: You are recorded from a boundary mic installed and sitting on the lectern. You must stay within about 5 feet for the best quality audio quality for Echo360 recordings.

Lights: A red light means the Boundary mic is muted. A green light means it is ready to record. Press the button to turn it to green if necessary. Leave it on green when finished please.

Belt Pac on
Belt Pac, Lavaliere Mic
Lavaliere mic with belt pac
Green light must be on when recording for Echo360

Lavaliere Mic/Belt Pac: A few rooms still only have the Lavalier/Belt Pac type mic.

  • Clip on outside of a pocket or belt.
  • A green light must be on to record in Echo360.
  • Be gentle with the cords. Never bend or wind them. Leave them loose on the surface of the lectern.
belt pac in charging cradle
Belt Pac in charging cradle.
Red light indicates mic is charging.

Charging Cradle: These microphones will typically be located in a charging cradle located on the lectern.

  • The mics in the charging cradles for the most part are now for voice lift only.
  • When done, switch off the mic, place it in the charging cradle facing forward, and press firmly.
  • The red light should turn on, indicating the mic has started charging for next user.
Ceiling Microphone
Ceiling Mic

No Boundary or Lav mics present? Look up.

Ceiling Mic: In Clark A206, ENGRG B2, ENGRG B4, VTH A221, and VTH B213, each has a microphone system permanently mounted in the ceiling. A clip-on lavaliere microphone is not needed when recording in these classrooms.

Mic Checkout: Most rooms no longer require you to check out a microphone prior to class. However, there are a few exceptions.

  • When using CHEM A101 and CHEM A103, you must check out a microphone prior to each class from the Chemistry Department office.

If a microphone is missing, call the Morgan Library Help Desk: (970) 491-5920.