Echo360 Video Recording 

Echo360  is a comprehensive lecture capture and video hosting system that allows Nazareth University faculty to record video lectures for students to view at any time online. Think of it as a private Youtube channel for each course you teach at Naz.

You can create and host videos in Echo360, and then connect those videos to specific Moodle courses each semester. The system provides you with rich analytics to help support student engagement and success.

Echo360 can be used in one of three of ways: 

  • Classroom recording and live-streaming of weekly or guest lectures (enabled classrooms only)
  • Personal video recording for before-class lectures, content review, and/or weekly overviews
  • Real-time polling & quizzing 

Video is stored on the system in your private faculty account. You can reuse video you create each semester or mix-and-match what you share across courses. 

Echo360 Training Materials

Managing and Sharing Video Content
Personal Video Recording using Universal Capture

Faculty and staff can create and upload instructional videos to Echo360 using the Universal Capture application. 

Downloading Universal Capture (Written instructions)

Creating a video using Universal Capture (Written instructions)

Creating a video using Universal Capture (Video)

Trimming a Video using the Echo360 Video Editor (Written instructions)

Need more information about the benefit and process of creating instructional videos? Review the help guide: Tips and Tricks for Effective Video Production.

Polling & Quizzing Tools

Lecture Recording & FERPA

Can students record their classes?

Whether classes or other interactions with Nazareth personnel are in-person or virtual, students must always ask the instructor for permission if they wish to record the class.

Students seeking to record a class or interaction with Nazareth personnel as an accommodation for a documented learning disability should contact Student Accessibility Services to discuss this accommodation.

Acceptable Practices

Depending on how the recordings are created or edited, they may constitute educational records that are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) -- the federal student privacy law.

For more information about FERPA, please visit our FERPA information page. This section explains acceptable practices for utilizing video and audio recordings in the classroom setting.

Note: Content on this page was adapted from UMassAmherst. 

Is a recorded lecture (audio or video) a protected student record?

If a recording includes only the instructor, it is not a student record and FERPA does not limit its use.

If the recording includes students asking questions, making presentations, or leading a class, and it is possible to identify the student, then the portions containing recordings of the student do constitute protected educational records. Educational records can only be used as permitted by FERPA or in a manner allowed by a written consent from the student if the content is to be viewed by a third-party audience.

May a recording that includes student participation be posted for other class members to view or listen to?

Yes. If access is limited to other students in the class, such as when a lecture is recorded by Echo360 and viewed through Moodle, FERPA does not limit or prevent its use.This allows students in a class to watch or re-watch past class sessions recorded within the current semester.

We recommend adding text to the syllabus. Instructors must inform students in writing and/or verbally when class sessions are recorded.  

What is the easiest way to comply with FERPA if I am recording my class sessions and wish to share them with a third-party audience?

Plan the recordings so that they do not show students who are asking questions, don’t refer to the students by name, and avoid repeating the student’s name in the recording. De-identifying the students removes the need for a specific consent from each student depicted.

Because student presentations make it more difficult to de-identify the student, the instructor should obtain a FERPA consent from the student making a presentation if you intend to show the recording to a third-party audience. 

Can the instructor show recordings from last year’s class to the current class?

Under FERPA, this situation must be treated as if the recordings were being shown to a third-party audience which requires FERPA compliance through use of written consents or de-identification of any students depicted.

Please use the Classroom Recording Release Form provided in this section if you wish to reuse recorded classroom content for a third-party audience. 

Can an instructor allow individuals outside of a class to access a video of that class that includes student participation?

Maybe. There are several ways to use recordings that include student participation:

  1. The instructor may obtain individualized FERPA consents from the students in the recording which allow use of this portion of the recordings. 
  2. Recordings can be edited to either omit any student who has not consented to the use of their voice or image, or be edited to de-identify the student in the recording.
  3. Recordings can also be planned so that students are not shown in the video or referred to by name.
Classroom Recording Release Form

Consent to release student information relating to reusing recorded lectures for third-party viewers, including students in future sections of a course, should be obtained from each identifiable student in a classroom recording using the release form below. 

Classroom Recording Release Form

Classroom Capture Locations

  • Arts Center: Wilmot Recital Hall 
  • GAC: 38
  • Library: Media B
  • Peckham Hall: 14
  • Smyth: 260, 321, 360 
  • YWRI: 250, 255

Want your weekly lectures recorded? Request one of these rooms when submitting your course schedule to the department chair. 

Faculty can request recording and live-streaming in an Echo360 enabled classroom using this form

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