Linking LMS Courses to Echo360 Sections

See also Linking LMS Course to Echo Classrooms if sending students directly into individual classrooms is more appropriate for your institution and situation.

LMS Courses can be linked to one or more Echo360 sections. While typically the relationship between LMS courses and Echo360 sections is 1-to-1, some institutions need a 1-to-many relationship. The linking process is the same, however, regardless of which approach fits your situation.

Echo360 cannot restrict student access to sections. If you are linking a single LMS course to multiple Echo360 sections and not all students should have access to all linked Echo360 sections, you must be certain to configure the links in the LMS to restrict which students can see or access them. Echo360 will automatically enroll any student who links into a section through an LMS link. Contact your LMS administrator for assistance if necessary.

The instructions below assume the Echo360 section you are linking to has already been created. These procedures can be performed by  an instructor or an administrator. Be advised however, if an administrator completes the linking process, they will automatically be assigned as an Instructor in the Echo360 section. Those admins can be un-enrolled from those sections through Echo360 once all the linking is complete.

If you are an Instructor completing these links and the selection lists are too cumbersome to navigate, contact your administrator and ask them about limiting the selections to only your enrolled Echo360 sections.

If the course/section does not yet exist in Echo360, an Admin or an Instructor can create the course and/or section, unless that capability has been disabled for the institution.

Allow Popups from the LMS site: If the LTI External tool link was properly configured to open in a new window/tab, the first time you access it, you may need to select to allow pop-ups from the LMS site in your browser. This should only be necessary on first access.

To link an LMS course or section to an Echo360 section

  1. Log into the LMS as either an instructor or an admin.
  2. Open the LMS course or section you want to link.
  3. Click the Echo360 tool link already added to the course. If there isn't one, see the appropriate instructional page for your LMS:
  4. Use the drop-down lists on the window that appears to find the course, term, and section to link to.
    select a section page for linking to LMS as described
  5. If necessary select the Link to your Section Home radio button (it is selected by default).
  6. Click LINK CONTENT as shown in the below figure.

    If you want to link directly into a particular class, follow the instructions in Linking LMS Course to Echo Classrooms.
    LMS Link to section with course and section selected and link to section home selected as described

The LMS course/section is now linked to the corresponding Echo360 section. Users clicking the Echo360 link in their LMS are taken to the Class List for the Echo360 section you just linked.

Admins that establish the link to Echo360 are automatically enrolled as instructors into the Echo360 section. They can be unenrolled later, after all the LMS links to Echo are established.

To link an LMS course or section to additional Echo360 sections

  1. Create an additional Echo360 tool link for the course. See the appropriate instructional page for your LMS (linked in above instructions) if necessary.

    When the Connect to Echo360 section page appears, it will list any Echo360 sections already linked to this LMS course, along with a Link a different section option.
  2. Click Link a different section.
    The page expands to show course/term/section drop-down lists to select from.
    link to Echo360 section page with existing linked sections and link to new section option as described
  3. Use the drop-down lists that appear to find the course, term, and section to link to.
  4. If necessary select the Link to your Section Home radio button (it is selected by default).
  5. Click LINK CONTENT.

    If you want to link directly into a particular class, follow the instructions in Linking LMS Course to Echo Classrooms.

The LMS course/section is now linked to the additional Echo360 section. Users clicking this Echo360 link in their LMS are taken to the Class List for the Echo360 section you just linked.

AS CITED ABOVE - Echo360 cannot restrict student access to sections. If you are linking a single LMS course to multiple Echo360 sections and not all students should have access to all linked Echo360 sections, you must be certain to configure the links in the LMS to restrict which students can see or access them. Echo360 will automatically enroll any student who links into a section through an LMS link. Contact your LMS administrator for assistance if necessary.