What is an embed code and how do I add one to my course?

What is an Embed Code?

An "embed code" is a block of HTML which is embedded in the page-source. It needs to be obtained from a site already hosting whatever is being embedded, because the "embed code" points back to that site.


How do I add an embed code to my course?


From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs an embed code added to it.


Click the "+Add to..." link.


Click "Embed Code".


When adding an "Embed Code" there are two fields that need to be filled in:

  • Activity Title
  • Enter or paste embed code (HTML obtained from another website)

Once filled in click "OK".


Now the embedded activity shows within the "Editor tool" of the course.

There are more settings that can be adjusted within this activity.

To begin adjusting these settings, click the "Editor" icon located next to the "Embed code" activity.


Within the "Editor tool" for this activity there are 3 tabs where one can adjust different settings:

  • Activity
  • Settings
  • History



 Within the "Activity Tab":

1. Add a thumnail for the activity

2. Content is selected as a "Course resource"

3. Add activity instructions

4. Add attachments that students might need to go with embed code

5. Select a specific group of students to assign the activity to

Note: Student groups must be set up before assigning this activity to a specific group of students.




  Within the "Settings" tab adjust the following settings:

  • Activity settings
  • Objective mastery
  • Badges
  • Advanced activity options
  • Gradebook and submission
  • Visibility and access
  • Metadata




Within the "History" tab a teacher can see when students have accessed the embed code or when changes have been made to it.



Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.



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