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Embedding Echo360 Videos into Moodle
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019 01:18PM EST

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

Prerequisites for using the Echo360 Embed button:
1) A Moodle Administrator must have installed and enabled the Echo360 Embed button for your Moodle instance.
‚Äč2) The public links option must be turned on, so that you have the authority to generate a public link for embedding.   
3) You must have content YOU OWN in your Content Home/Library (or you must be an Echo360 Admin). Only content owners (or Admins) can embed videos in an LMS content window. 

If a Moodle Admin has installed it for your institution, Echo360 provides a content embed button that appears in the toolbar of a content window. This button allows you to select a video and embed it directly into the page.

Embedding a video can be done anywhere Moodle provides a content window for posting items (e.g., Pages added to a course Topic, responding to a Discussion post, etc.).

Moodle content window with Echo button identified as described

Instructors and Students can select any video they own from their Content Home page. Once inserted, the video appears in the content window and users can play the video directly in the page. Moodle Administrators who are also Echo360 Administrators can select any capture in the system they have access to.

Embedded videos DO NOT generate Echo360 analytic information for which students have viewed the video or how much of it. Moodle may provide some of that information for you however. Check with your Moodle administrator if you are not sure.

The procedure below adds a Page into a Topic segment of a Moodle course. You can add any element you like to hold the video into any type of course segment (i.e., you use Weekly format instead of Topic format for your courses), as long as the element contains a content window into which the video can be embedded.

To embed an Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Moodle.
  2. Open the Course in Moodle where you want to post the video.
  3. If necessary, click the Settings icon for the course and Turn Editing On. Alternately, find the item you want to respond to in order to post content.
    Course settings in Moodle with Turn editing on selection identified
     
  4. Find the Topic into which you want to add the page to display the video, and click Add an activity or resource
    Topic in Moodle course with Add activity or resource link identified for steps as described
     
  5. Select the item to add. The figure below shows a Page being added to the course Topic. 
    Add an activity dialog box with Page selected as described
     
  6. Give the item a Name that identifies either the video you are posting or the purpose for posting it (extra credit, ancillary research, etc.).
  7. Scroll down to the Content section of the page (do not try to embed the video into the Description area of the page).
  8. Directly above the main portion of the content window, click the Echo360 icon, as identified in the below figure. 
    Moodle page content window with Echo360 button identified for steps as described
     
  9. A dialog box appears listing all of the video media you own. If you are an Echo360 Admin, you will see a list of all captures in Echo360 to which you have access.
    dialog box for selecting video from library as described
     
  10. If necessary, use the Search text box and/or Filter by drop-down lists to find the video you want to embed into the window.
  11. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  12. Select the video you want to embed.
    The row expands to show additional embedding options.
  13. From the Select size drop-down list, select the size you want for the embedded video. There are three size options, along with Link, as shown in the below figure.
    The Link option does not embed the video in the window but instead enters a URL (also sometimes called a public link) for the video that when clicked opens in a new browser tab. The link posted uses the Video title as the text for the link; it does not post the full URL.
    embed video selection list with item selected to show additional options for steps as described
     
  14. After selecting a size, you have the option to Autoplay the video (it will play as soon as a user opens the page you are embedding it into).
  15. If you enable Autoplay, you then have the option to Automute (the video will play on entry but with no sound).
  16. If appropriate, set a Start At time. If set, the video will begin playing at that timestamp, although users will be able to rewind/scrub the player to view any segment of the embedded video.
    Select video to embed dialog box with all options shown as described.
     
  17. When finished, click INSERT
    A preview of the inserted video appears inside the content area.
  18. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Save and return to course or Save and display as appropriate.

Once the item is added, students can open the page and view the embedded video. If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those are enacted for the user upon viewing.

Moodle page in a Course Topic with embedded video as described

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