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How to publish recorded lectures in Moodle
There are currently three ways you can use Moodle to publish lectures recorded by our Lecture Capture system, Echo360. Two are automated, but give limited control about how the links appear in your course. One gives you complete control over how and when the links appear, but requires you to enter each link manually. Unfortunately, automatic publishing of links to lecture recordings to the Moodle course calendar is no longer possible.
You can choose from the following two automated publishing mechanisms in Moodle:
- EchoCenter URL: add a link to a page of links that automatically updates each time a new lecture becomes available.
- RSS Block: a list of links, in a block at the side of the page, that automatically updates.
Each approach is explained below.
From the email that the lecture capture system sends you, look for the EchoCenter Course Portal section and copy the web address. The image below shows where this is found.
Then, in your Moodle course, click Turn editing on and choose URL from the "Add a resource" drop-down menu. In the "External URL" field, paste the address you copied from the email.
If you prefer to display the recordings in a block, then you should choose to add a RSS block (Remote RSS feed) to your course. See the guide to configuring an RSS block in Moodle for instructions. The "RSS feed URL" in this case should be copied from the Echo Feeds section of the email, as highlighted in the screenshot below.
This method gives you control over when and where recordings are released to students, and which "products" you make available.
Links to the three kinds of product are given under the Echoes heading, in the emails you receive after each recording.
Add these manually as a resource in Moodle. Select "URL" from the 'Add a Resource' drop-down menu. Give a suitable name for the recording. In the "External URL" field, paste the appropriate Echo URLs from your email.
Formats of the recordings
The EchoCenter URL resource and the RSS feed provide links to recordings in multiple formats (rich media, podcast and vodcast) for all kinds of viewing device, including mobile. The Rich Media product may not be playable on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. the podcast and podcast formats are downloadable. If lecturers have given permission for their lectures to be recorded using the lecture recording request form CLT/AV will also have a record of whether they have given permission to make downloadable formats available.
The Rich Media presentation includes the video stream, and is the best format for browsers
The vodcast is the best format for portable devices, such as smartphones, iPods and iPads
If you have any problems publishing recorded lectures, please email email@example.com