2019 North American Community Conference

Hosted by Columbia University

July 17-18, 2019

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What to expect

The Echo360 team is excited to welcome you to the 2019 Echo360 North American Community Conference. Get a front row seat to hear from fellow academic and technology leaders about best practices in video capture and active learning, innovations in the classroom and new ways to use student learning data to drive change. Get a sneak peek into the Echo360 roadmap and influence future features and functionality.

Register today – it’s sure to fill up quickly.


Where and When

Columbia University School of Law 435 W 116th St. New York, NY 10027

Wednesday, 17 July 

Pre-Conference Workshops, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Welcome Reception, 5:00pm – 7:00pm


Thursday, 18 July 

Conference Sessions, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Info

Tim Weir



Pre-Conference Workshops

Join us for an afternoon of interactive pre-conference workshops with leading Echo360 experts. Whether you’re new to Echo360 or have an advanced Echo360 knowledge base you can select the right workshop to meet your needs. The interactive workshop will give you a hands-on experience to learn within the Echo360 platform, a chance to collaborate with other attendees and the opportunity to receive an Echo360 certification.

Seating is limited, and registration is required for pre-conference workshops at a flat daily rate of $99.00. Participants must register for their workshop to reserve a seat.

Pre-Conference Certified Workshop: What’s Next: A deeper dive into Using Echo360 in your Course Work

Echo360 is pleased to offer an all new advanced certified workshop at this year’s conference. During this interactive and immersive workshop, attendees will go beyond the basics and dive into advanced workflows with instructional/course design strategies in mind.

Participants will:

Explore unconventional ways of using Echo360 features they are already familiar with
Leverage new Echo360 features to support a variety of both common and unique use cases
Participate in in-depth pedagogical and research based discussions
Hear what expert users wish they knew when they started using the Echo360 Platform
Collaborate on adoption challenges and solutions
Receive certification following successful completion of workshop assessment

Who should attend:

This workshop is designed for faculty, instructional designers and technologists who are established in their use of Echo360 and knowledgeable of the features and functionality in the platform. Because of the advanced level interactions on the platform, we recommend this workshop for those are the tech savvy and/or have participated in previous Echo360 trainings.



What's Next: A Deeper Dive Into Using Echo360 in Your Course Work

1:00 - 1:20

Academic Creativity and Echo360

Heather Bliss, Ph.D Candidate, Instructor, Instructional Technologies Researcher, University of Mississippi

1:20 - 1:35


Jason Gildner, Customer Success Manager, Echo360
A brief review of the agenda and Echo360 overview will be covered. Participants will login to Echo360 as an instructor.

1:35 - 2:35

Innovative Ways to Leverage Echo360

In this segment, we will explore innovative ways to leverage Echo360 features in both common and unique use cases. This will include the use of Universal Capture (UCAP), the new Echo360 Library, and engagement activities in various course designs and delivery methods. Participants will have an opportunity to join break out sessions based on their Learning Management Systems. Instruction will be provided on various ways to share and organize content in the LMS to drive engagement and interactivity. Users will have UCAP installed on devices prior to training.

2:35 - 2:50


2:50 - 3:25

Balancing Pedagogy and Technology

The prioritization of content, strategy and students can be accelerated through the use of technology. We will explore collaborative conditions that foster student success with the aid of Echo360. This includes initiating group work, community forums, and using Echo360 to meet Quality Matters standards

3:25 - 3:55

Take Advantage of ASR

Supplemental resources in the modern classroom are a necessity for student equity, inclusion and success. Participants will receive a demonstration of Echo360’s automated speech recognition (ASR), and hear how to create an efficient review experience for students and optimize their learning.

3:55 - 4:30

Incentivize Students with Analytics

Research suggests, feedback through learning analytics dashboards impacts students’ motivation. Commonly, students’ awareness of their progress results in a positive effect on their motivation and effort, especially when measured against their peers. In this session, we will explore methods to motivate student participation through competition and insight to Echo360 scores. We will practice setting engagement scores and break outs based on LMS to explore exporting data from the platform to share in a meaningful way.

4:30 - 4:40

Closing and Q&A

Any outstanding questions will be answered at this time. A final activity and dialogue pertaining to reflections from the day will be administered. Resources will be highlighted for ongoing support.

4:40 - 5:00


Attendees will complete an assessment to achieve their certification. The certification will be distributed after the conference has ended.

5:00 - 7:00

Welcome Reception

Join the Echo360 team and network with peers at the Columbia School of Law immediately following the pre-conference workshops Wednesday evening from 5-7. Don’t miss out on tasty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and great conversation surrounding active learning.

Thu, Jul 18

8:00 - 9:00

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome from Echo360

Chris Huff, Senior Vice President, Academic Partnerships, Echo360

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome from Columbia Law School

Frantz Merine, Chief Information Officer, Columbia Law School

9:30 - 9:45

Supporting Educators by Building Confidence, Capacity, and Community

Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist, McMaster University

Fearful of using new online learning spaces like Echo360? Wondering how students experience using Echo360? Need a peer to ask how easy or useful active online learning in Echo360 could be? This session will introduce you to how McMaster University is making use of scenario-based learning and community engagement across campus to support faculty in building confidence, capacity and community.

9:45 - 10:00

Our Echo360 Evolution: An Ally for Active Learners!

Prakash K. Mansinghani, Faculty Senate Vice President, Associate Teaching Professor, Government Adjunct Faculty Advisor, Student Success Center
Academic Advisor, Laredo College

This presentation focuses on the evolution of Laredo College’s use of Echo360 from supplemental lectures, course introductions, and course how-to guides to study sessions, digital learning, and academic advising. The session will showcase how professors have utilized Echo360 across disciplines and also how its application has grown outside of the classroom itself into the advising and registration process as well.

10:00 - 10:15

Cultivating Faculty to Explore Content Capture

Ken Yoshioka, Senior Instructional Technologist Instructional Technology and Training Educational Technology Services, University of San Francisco

This session looks at different strategies used at the University of San Francisco to promote lecture/screen capture technologies for use in all teaching modalities. In this session, we will discuss methods of training faculty, not only in the technology tools but also in the best practices for content creation. We will also present approaches on how to best support faculty who are looking to take the plunge and use lecture/screen capture to create or record content for face to face, flipped or online courses to better engage today’s students.

10:15 - 10:30

How Wayne State University Enhanced the Faculty and Administrator Experience Through Automated Scheduling and a Custom LTI

Genetha Smith, Lead Applications Technical Analyst, Academic Technologies & Customer Services, Wayne State University

Wayne State University has used APIs and custom development to streamline the lecture capture scheduling experience for faculty and administrators. This custom development leverages native Echo360 APIs used to automate the creation of user and course accounts, recording schedules and default linkage between courses. Genetha Smith will discuss the history of WSU’s development efforts as well as the next evolution of this process; a custom LTI embedded into Canvas, our learning management system.

10:30 - 10:45

Morning Break

10:45 - 11:15

Scaling Up and Supporting Instructor Adoption Across Learning Environments and Pedagogies

Marisha Marks, Instructional Designer and Daniel Cannity, Instructional Design and Faculty Support Coordinator, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Responding to increased demand from students and instructors for video-based learning, the University of Massachusetts Amherst utilizes Echo360 technology across 4 campuses in over 750 courses in an academic year. This session will showcase best practices from the UMass Amherst team for the rollout of interactive video at scale in both physical and online learning environments across multiple pedagogies. Participants will take away strategies and considerations for planning, staffing, messaging, training and supporting the rollout and adoption of video capture and student engagement technology.

11:15 - 12:00

Birds of a Feather Discussion Table AM Sessions

Table 1: Shape the Future of the Echo360 Product Roadmap
Echo360 Host: Paul Lawler, Vice President of Engineering and Tony Iraia, Product Manager

Table 2: Incorporating Echo360 Technology into the Course Curriculum
Echo360Host: Jason Gildner, Customer Success Manager

Table 3: Increasing Teaching Impact with Active Learning and Analytics
Echo360 Host: Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan, Head of Teaching Innovation at Echo360

Table 4: Using ASR For Smarter Search, Closed Captioning, and Greater Student Engagement
Echo360 Host: Cassidy Fein, Senior Product Manager

Table 5: Top Tips for Boosting Student Use of Echo360 in Your Courses
Echo360 Host: Chelsea Jenkins, Senior Training and Development Specialist and Mary Jane Pettola, Customer Success Manager

Table 6: Best Practices for Designing Courses and Tools to Support Faculty
Client Host: Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist, McMaster University
Client Host: Ken Yoshioka, Senior Instructional Technologist, Instructional Technology and Training Educational Technology Services, University of San Francisco

Table 7: Using Video and Active Learning Across Disciplines and Teaching Methods
Client Host: Heather Bliss, Ph.D Candidate, Instructor, Instructional Technologies Researcher, University of Mississippi

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch & Networking

1:00 - 1:45

Making Video Inclusive and Accessible: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Rich Caccavale, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Echo360
Presenters: Tony Ramirez, Texas A&M International University
Julie Gregg, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Genevieve Mathieson Kilmer, Case Western University
Sherri Restauri, Director of Online Learning, Coastal Carolina University

Inclusive and accessible video matters. It matters not only to the students requiring special accommodations, but also to the entire student population, comprised of individuals with diverse learning styles and environments. Making video accessible for all presents many challenges in addition to opportunities, and advances in technology are enabling great progress. In this panel discussion, hear how different institutions are using video to support accessibility and universal design on campus, implementing new technologies such as Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and changing culture and workflows to serve all students, including those with disabilities.

1:45 - 2:30

Enhancing the Instructor and Student Experience

Cassidy Fein, Senior Product Manager, Echo360 and Tony Iraia, Product Manager, Echo360

Learn about the recent and planned advances for instructor and student tools in the Echo360 platform that will help make video learning more active and engaging. The focus will be on new instructor capabilities and their effect on student learning.

2:30 - 3:00

Echo360 Academic Champions

Chelsea Jenkins, Senior Training and Development Manager, Echo360

New in 2019, the Echo360 Academic Champions program was established to assist and support academics in furthering the use of video and active learning within their courses. Eight institutions including nine champions were selected from a large pool of applications and participated in a two-day collaborative workshop earlier in the year. During this session you will have the chance to hear from the champions about their experience in the program thus far and their goals to increase engagement, adoption and student outcomes at their institution.

3:00 - 3:15

Afternoon Break

3:15 - 4:00

Birds of a Feather Discussion Table PM Sessions

4:00 - 4:30

Evidence for Why a Backchannel Should Be Part of Every Introductory Course

Dr. Perry Samson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan, Head of Teaching Innovation at Echo360

Many students in large college survey courses are reluctant to pose verbal questions during class. Entreating students with “any questions?” more often than not fails to produce a response and, when it does, comes from a small subset of all students. Highlights of this study include:

• Significant gender differences exist in student attitudes about verbalizing questions in a large lecture setting.
• The use of the Echo360 backchannel eliminated gender differences in posting questions in a large lecture setting.
• No difference existed in use of the Echo360 backchannel between students physically in class and those participating remotely.
• Students who reported discomfort asking verbal questions in pre-semester surveys asked as many questions as other students using the Echo360 backchannel.
• The discovery, through a longitutinal study, that a majority of course graduates felt the use of the Echo360 backchannel increased their willingness to pose verbal questions in subsequent courses.

As it is our responsibility to encourage participation from all students it is our responsibility to create an inclusive environment for student engagement. The Echo360 backchannel is an important step in creating such an environment.

4:30 - 5:00

Institutional Management of Your Echo360 Environment

Tony Iraia, Product Manager, Echo360

It’s now easier to manage capture options and platform configuration across your institution, no matter the size. Learn some of the best practices and options available and find out about future enhancements that will benefit administrators and all users as a result.


Hotel & Travel

Columbia University has pre-negotiated discounted rates at eleven hotels in New York City. You can book directly at any of these online by accessing the link below and then selecting the rates link next to the preferred hotel.

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Columbia University School of Law
435 W. 116th St
New York, NY 10027
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The conference will take place in New York City, at the Columbia University School of Law.

Public Transportation
To reach conference via subway, take the 1 train to the 116th Street-Columbia University stop at 116th Street and Broadway. By bus, the M11, the M104, and the M4 stop at 116th Street.

Yellow taxis can be flagged at any time. A New York City wheelchair-accessible taxi can be requested by calling the 311 operator.

Parking Lots
GGMC Garage: 512 West 112th St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
GMC Garage: 532 West 122nd St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Find more options in the complete list of nearby parking garages available for visitors.



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Conference & Welcome Reception: FREE, Pre-Conference Workshops: $99.00