2019 North American Community Conference

Hosted by Columbia University

July 17-18, 2019

29Days 10Hours 49Minutes 33Seconds

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: The Basics of Teaching with Technology

Echo360 is pleased to offer a certified training workshop at this year’s conference. During this workshop, attendees will have an interactive, hands-on opportunity to become familiarized with the Echo360 platform and participate in hands on activities and facilitated group discussions.

Participants will:

Hear an introduction to Echo360 and its general functionality
Explore foundational steps to improve student success
Explore Echo360 use cases and how they can be incorporated into your teaching practices
Develop knowledge and analytical skills to address students’ learning challenges
Learn how to create and manage instructional videos
Learn how to share and present slides
Receive certification following successful completion of a workshop assessment

Who should attend:

This workshops is designed for faculty, instructional designers and technologists who are new to Echo360 and looking to learn more about the platform, and are interested in incorporating technology into their curriculum to engage students and drive improved student outcomes.

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.



Wed, Jul 17

12:00 - 1:00


Track 1: The Basics of Teaching with Technology

Wed, Jul 17

1:00 - 1:30

Guest Speaker

1:30 - 2:00

Introduction to Echo360

Chelsea Jenkins, Senior Training and Development Specialist, Echo360
Review agenda, Echo360 overview and discussion, login to Echo360.

2:00 - 2:45

Using Video in Education

In this segment, we will cover capture options in the Echo360 Platform. This includes the workflow for scheduled lecture captures and use of Universal Capture. Users will have Universal Capture installed on devices prior to training and work in groups to create, edit, and publish a capture.

2:45 - 3:30

Mastering Student Engagement

We will experience Echo360 from the instructor perspective as you prepare to deliver a class to students. We will explore the use of tools and development of classes with a focus on course delivery and class design. Participants will have the opportunity to present live with a partner while the audience explores the features and functions of the Echo360 platform as a student.

3:30 - 3:45


3:45 - 4:05

Predict Student Success to Improve Outcomes and Retention

A basic overview of analytics, focusing on monitoring student activity and behavior trends. This includes content viewing and engagement data.

4:00 - 4:25

Managing your Educational Content

Stay organized with the new Echo360 Home Page. Learn to manage your educational content in Echo360’s new Home Page. Users will learn about the saving, publishing, repurposing and uploading content into the platform.

4:25 - 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.



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

Track 2: : What's Next: A Deeper Dive Into Using Echo360 in Your Course Work

1:00 - 1:20

Guest Speaker

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 a super user’s take on 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.

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 - 10:15

To Engage or Not to Engage: Student Perspectives on the Role of Video and Active Learning

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

Ever wonder what’s going on inside the minds of your students? How they view new technologies and learning methods? How they would like to learn? This panel will feature a diverse group of students from several institutions who are using the Echo360 platform to engage, stay current and study both inside and outside of the classroom. In a lively discussion moderated by professor Perry Samson, the students will provide their thoughts on how video and active learning is changing the way they learn.

10:15 - 10:30

McMaster University

Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist, McMaster University

10:30 - 10:45

Our Echo 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

The presentation would focus on how the evolutions of our use of Echo360 at our institution frm supplemental lectures, course introductions, course how to guides, study sessions, digital learning and academic advising. i would like to showcase how professors have utilized canvas across disciplines and also how it’s application has grown outside of the classroom itself into the advising and registration process as well.

10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 11:15

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.

11:15 - 12:00

Birds of a Feather Discussion Tables Morning Session

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch and 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

3:00 - 3:15

Afternoon Break

3:15 - 4:00

Birds of a Feather Discussion Tables Afternoon Session

4:00 - 4:30

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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.