Adding an Activity Link to Echo360 in Moodle Courses

In order for students to access the Echo360 content for a course, an Activity link to the Echo360 external tool must be added to each course.

Who can do this? A Moodle Admin can do this for all courses, or an Instructor or non-managing Teacher can do this for their own courses.   

To add the Echo360 LTI tool link to a course

  1. Navigate to the Course Page: Home > Course Name.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the course page, click the Turn editing on button.
  3. In the main course row at the top of the page, select Add an activity or resource.
    DO NOT click under a specific weekly entry on the page UNLESS you are linking directly to the Classes in your Echo360 section. In this case, you may prefer to use the weekly entries for these links.
    Course configuration in Moodle with navigation and add activity selections identified for steps as described
  4.  Select External Tool from the Activity list and click Add.
    Add activity list in Moodle with External Tool selected as described
  5. On the Add a new External tool page, enter an Activity name that clearly identifies this as the Echo360 tool.
  6. In the External tool type list, select the Echo360 tool configured for Moodle.  

    IMPORTANT: DO NOT enter the Launch URL in this screen. That information is added in the external tool configuration, NOT in the course activity configuration. If you select the Echo360 tool already configured, this field should dim.

    Add external tool to a course in Moodle for steps as described

  7. From the Launch container drop-down list, select New window.
    If the LTI tool was configured to open in a new window, you can leave this at Default, but if you are not sure, select New window. This allows Echo360 to open in a new tab/window, resolving issues experienced by Safari users where Echo360 would not open inside of the LMS frame. As an added bonus, the new tab provides more space in the Echo360 window for viewing and navigating through classroom media and functionality.
  8. Click Save Changes. The course page should now show an activity link to Echo360.
    Moodle course with Echo ALP tool added as described
  9. On the Course page, click Turn editing off.

When the user clicks this tool link, the Echo360 interface opens in a new tab/window, showing their section classes and other items from Echo360. Instructors will click this to open Echo360 and link their sections to their Moodle sections.

NOTE that users may have to allow pop-ups from the Moodle site for the new tab/window to launch.

Chrome browser showing popup options for the browser