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Configuring Moodle for Use with Echo360
Last Updated: May 13, 2019 02:34PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

Echo360 has developed multiple modes of interoperability with the Moodle LMS.

The steps below provide a high-level workflow for integrating Echo360 with Moodle, and provide links to articles with more detailed procedures as needed. The procedures in the linked articles are provided as guidelines to the Moodle setup process. Where the Moodle product/interface is discussed, refer to the Moodle documentation for additional details or contact Moodle product support if you need further assistance.

Step 1: Add a Moodle LMS Configuration in Echo360

As an Echo360 Admin, click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear) and select Configurations. The LMS Configurations page appears by default.

If you do not have a Moodle LMS Configuration already, click Add Configuration, then select Moodle from the drop-down list, and click Save.

A Moodle LMS Configuration appears on the page as shown below. These are the fields you will use for the Echo360 tool configuration and plugin settings fields in Moodle.

LMS configurations page with Add Configuration button identified and a Moodle LMS Configuration block showing

For more detailed procedures, see Generating LMS/LTI Configuration fields in Echo360.

Step 2: Create an Echo360 External Tool in Moodle

Add Echo360 as an External LTI Tool in Moodle. We STRONGLY recommend using the "configure a tool manually" option, identified in the below figure.The tool configuration will use the Key, Secret, and URL values generated with the LMS Configuration in Echo360 in the above step.
Moodle Activity modules plugins interface with options for steps as described

When creating the tool, be sure to set the Accept grades from the tool option to Always. This allows instructors to export Echo360 student analytics to the Moodle gradebook.

Once you have the tool created, you can link Moodle Courses to Echo360 Sections.

Step 3: Link Moodle Courses to Echo360 Sections/Classes

This is potentially the most complicated step in the process, not because it's difficult, but because there are lots of different possible ways to do it, depending on the policies at each institution, whether the links are created and configured by Instructors or Administrators, and whether or not links to specific classrooms are needed instead of or in addition to a main link to the Echo360 section class list. 

The main process is:

  1. Add an activity link to each Course in Moodle using the Echo360 External Tool created in Step 2. If the tool was set to accept grades, configuration of this link provides fields for points possible and grade unit (points/percentage, etc). The grading option allows instructors to export Echo360 student analytics to the Moodle gradebook.
    This step can be done by the Admin or the Instructor.
    Course configuration in Moodle with navigation and add activity selections identified for steps as described

  2. Click the Content link to Echo360 and select the Echo360 section this Moodle Course should link to.
    This step can be done by the Admin or the Instructor.
    Echo360 section selection options for Moodle course activity link as described

Any user who executes the link-through step is automatically enrolled into the linked Echo360 section as an instructor.

Moodle course instructors are automatically enrolled into the Echo360 section as an instructor when they click through the Echo360 link, if they were not already enrolled. Instructors may also have their Echo360 account created if it does not already exist when they pass into Echo360 from Moodle. See also Disabling Automatic Instructor Creation (for LMS users) if this is not appropriate for your institution.

When a student passes through the link from Moodle into Echo360, they are automatically enrolled into the section as a student. If the student is not yet an Echo360 user, their Echo360 account is automatically created when they pass into Echo360.

Step 4: Install Echo360 Plug-in and Filter to provide Echo360 Video embedding in Moodle

Echo360 also provides the ability to have an Echo360 "easy" embed button added to the toolbar for content windows in Moodle. You can limit this embedding capability to only Instructors and Administrators, or you can configure Moodle to allow Students to embed content from their Echo360 content library.

In addition, you can configure Moodle to allow students to embed Echo360 videos as Assignment submissions in Moodle courses, and for Instructors to view those submissions in the Assignments grading page. The Student assignment feature requires installation of version 1.0.10 or later of the Echo360 atto plugin and filter.

The process for enabling Echo360 "easy" embeds is:

  1. Install the Echo360 Atto Plug-in and Filter onto your Moodle instance.
  2. If you want to allow students to embed videos, enable Trusted Content in the Moodle Site Policies, and edit the Student role to allow trusted content
  3. Be sure that the Echo360 feature toggles to Allow public links are turned on.

If for some reason you do not want to add the Echo360 easy embed button to content windows toobars, users can always manually paste the link or embed code for a video into a content window.

Step 5: Provide Articles to Instructors and Students as necessary

Once the Echo360 interoperability has been added to Moodle, let instructors and students know how to take advantage of it.
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