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Configuring Moodle for Use with Echo360 - Integration Overview
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2019 12:44PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

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.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: You will want to determine if your Echo360 Courses and Sections will be created separately in Echo360 and then linked to through the LMS, OR if you want to enable the simplified One-Click Provisioning feature for your institution. The One-Click course provisioning auto-creates the course and section in Echo360 from the LMS link, using the same course code and name as the LMS. This is designed to accommodate institutions who want to limit administrative involvement in Echo360 management, and use Echo360 primarily as a content management solution for instructor class materials. You can still create capture schedules for the sections, to record and publish lectures, or allow instructors to generate ad hoc captures for their sections, if lecture capture is part of your institution's workflow. Beyond the one-click course provisioning feature, all other LMS integration steps remain essentially the same and are described below.
Finally, should you enable one-click auto provisioning, know that the Course ID in Moodle becomes the Section name/number in Echo360. Clear the field to use Echo's auto-numbering for these sections (001, 002), or populate the Course ID so that the auto-generated sections use that name/number as their identifier. 

Step 1: Add a Moodle LMS Configuration in Echo360

This step generates an authentication mechanism, allowing your Moodle instance to talk to your Echo360 instance. 

To add a Moodle LMS configuration to Echo360

  1. As an Echo360 Admin, click the Settings icon (it looks like a gear). 
  2. Select Configurations.
    The LMS Configurations page appears by default. 
  3. In the right side of the LMS configurations page, click Configurations, as shown below. 
  4. Click Add Configuration, then select Moodle from the drop-down list, and click Save.

A Moodle LMS Configuration appears on the page, as is shown in the below figure. The Key, Secret, and URL field values are the values you will copy and paste into Moodle for ALL of your Echo360 tool configurations.

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, whether the Echo360 sections already exist for linking to or if one-click course provisioning is turned on, whether instructors plan to export Echo360 analytics into their Moodle gradebook, and whether or not links to specific classrooms are needed instead of or in addition to a main link to the Echo360 section. 

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

     
  3. ALTERNATELY: If One-Click Course Provisioning is turned on, the initial click-through of this link will auto-create the course and section in Echo360, and you are immediately taken to the main section page. It will be empty (no classes) until an instructor creates one or more classes, launches an ad hoc capture, or an administrator configures a lecture capture schedule for the section. See also Instructor How To's for LMS One-Click Course Provisioning.

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

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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