Taking Notes and Asking Questions

Echo360 lets you take notes while you're viewing a class and maintain your own personal Study Guide for the course. You can also post questions to the Q&A forum that the instructor or other students can view and respond to.

This topic provides an overview of these study-aide features. For detailed information, see Taking Notes in Class, Reviewing your Study Guide as well as Posting Questions About Class Presentations and Participate in Class Q&A.

Taking and reviewing class notes

Notes you enter during class are synced to the video location or presentation slide you're viewing at the time, so that when you go back to look at them later, you have some context for the note you entered. This can be particularly useful if your notes are cryptic or you make a note of an item from the class you want to review again. (You can also just add a Bookmark, if a note is not needed.)

Two locations for taking or reviewing notes:

  • Within the classroom - While viewing the class video or presentation, click the Notes icon to open the Notes panel. Click in the Notes panel and begin typing. Your text is entered along with the timed location of the video or slide number showing when you began typing your note.
    Notes toolbar icon and notes panel showing in classroom as described

  • In the Study Guide - From the Class List page, click the Study Guide tab. This allows you to see the notes you've taken for each class (use the drop-down to select a class), and add to or edit them if necessary. You can also to enter general notes about the course, not associated to any particular class. Questions that have posted in the class also appear in your study guide.

    Only you can see the notes in your study guide, although the Instructor does know if you are taking notes through the Echo360 interface.
    Study Guide page with class list drop-down open and notes showing as described

Asking and responding to questions

NOTE: Some courses disable the Q&A functionality; if you do not see the Questions button within a classroom or Q&A tab described below, check with your instructor to see if this is the case with your course.

Questions or comments you post to the class at large can be synced to the video location or presentation slide you're viewing at the time, but do not have to be. Referencing content with your question may provide useful context for the question or comment, however.

TIP: Questions you post also appear in your Study Guide for the class. But if you find someone else's question interesting, bookmark it (click the little flag below the question; it turns blue!). Bookmarking a question makes it show up in your Study Guide.

Viewing and Responding to classroom discussions:

  • Viewing Discussions while in the classroom - While viewing the class media, click the Discussions icon to open the Discussions panel. Click a question to see any responses to it, or if you want to, enter a response of your own. You can also endorse (thumbs up) questions or responses in the Questions panel.
    Student classroom with discussions icon and panel shown as described

  • Posting a Question in the classroom - While viewing the class video or presentation, click the New Question icon to open the Questions panel with the new question entry box open and ready for input.
    student classroom showing new question icon and panel
    Posting a response to a question in the classroom - Click the Discussions icon, then click the question or post you want to respond to. The Discussions panel changes to showing only that post and any existing responses. Click Respond to Question to post a response.
    Discussions panel showing selected question and responses with respond button as described

  • In the Q&A Tab - From the Class List page, click the Q&A tab. This allows you to see the questions and responses posted by specific class or show All Questions for all classes (use the drop-down list). You can also post questions as well as respond to questions via the Q&A tab.
    Q&A Tab showing questions for a class with class dropdown list and Q&A tab identified as described

© 2017 Echo360 | www.echo360.com

Get Help

Questions about this topic? Don't see what you're looking for?

Email engrit-help [at] illinois [dot] edu, call the Help Desk at 217-333-1313, or contact your primary IT support professional.