Note: This document references views and actions that are only available to Echo Administrators
Echo Administrators have many configuration settings to customize the domain. The pre-configured defaults will work best for most schools. In a few areas, there are settings that are important to configure to ensure the students and staff get the most from Echo.
Domain settings allows you to customize your domain to best suit your district or organization. The following guides through the options in Domain Settings to give an overview of this powerful feature.
From the Domain Detail page, select Domain Settings.
The domain settings panel has several alphabetized cards which control configurations of your domain and subdomains if applicable.
Activity templates: If enabled, Echo allows you to create activity templates that content authors can copy from the syllabus of the indicated course and edit for their own needs.
Authentication: Echo support the use of Single Sign-on (SSO) features to allow users to sign into one application (for example, a student information system) and be automatically logged into Echo without needing to re-enter credentials.
If you don't want to use SSO:
- Select Echo in the authentication Type dropdown under Authentication:
- Indicate if you want to Allow users to create their own accounts.
- Set up your domain password preferences:
- Minimum password length, in characters.
- Minimum character classes used, up to four (a-z, A-Z, 0-9, other).
- The Number of unsuccessful login attempts before lockout.
- The Minutes until lockout expires. By default, lockouts don't expire.
- The number of Days until passwords expire. By default, passwords don't expire.
- The number of Days to wait before you can reuse a password. By default, there is no wait.
Avatars: If enabled, Echo allows users to choose a profile picture from a list of pre-approved avatars. From this card, you can add, upload, and delete these avatar images.
Badges: Echo allows course authors to set up badges that can be automatically awarded to students upon their completion of a specified activity or accomplishment, or awarded manually by a teacher or grader. From this screen, you can add, edit, and delete these Badges.
Blackout dates: Use blackout dates to specify the dates you don't want included when calculating due dates for continuous enrollment courses in your domain. To do so, provide a Name and Start and End dates.
Clipboard Tabs: Add tabs for third-party apps to seamlessly integrate for intervention or other personalized learning goals. For example, you may integrate with a messaging tool. To do so, provide:
- A tab Title.
- The third-party URL.
Template Courses: If enabled, allows you to Add course templates that content authors can use as a structure when creating new courses.
Editor: These fields control elements of the Editor tool. From this screen, you can:
- Hide Activities (activity types) in the Editor by listing them in the field; separate items with commas.
- Rights specify which rights you want a user to have in order to see the Editor tool.
G Suite service account
G Suite service account: G Suite integration enables:
- Easy creation of Google Drive documents in the Student app when completing a dropbox activity.
- PDF snapshots of Google Drive submissions.
- Automatic permissions management.
- Automatic copies of Google Drive documents when duplicating activities.
Set up Google Analytics, so you can monitor and analyze your traffic on the Echo website
Landing content: Easily create domain-wide landing page content that appears on the user's Home and specify when and which roles see it.
Learning Standards: To help assess objective mastery, Echo allows you to align course activities with Standards from various states and/or organizations (these are drawn from the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) catalogue). By default, Buzz makes the following standards available to all domains (contact your Agilix account manager to add standards to your domain):
- Common Cores State Standards (CCSS)
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Standards from all states in the US, which are represented by their two-letter code.
- To make an organization's standards available in your courses, add its code to the Comma-separated list of standard sets.
- Check the boxes for the grade levels that you want included as well.
You can easily set a default platform language for a domain, as well as provide other language options that other users can choose.
Library Extensions: Allows you to make content from various online resources available in a Digital Library. These can include other courses within their district or organization as well as open sources like EdGate, OpenEd, and Kahn Academy.
Login Redirects: Add redirects to allow users to access Echo data in a third-party app, by authenticating in Echo first. To do so, provide:
- The ID of the redirect entry.
- The third-party URL.
LTI Credentials: Echo allows you to integrate with other learning tools (like Turnitin). From this screen, you can add and delete Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Credentials. To add a new LTI Credential, you are asked to provide the Hostname URL, the Key, and the Secret.
Metadata for activities
Activity Metadata: Echo allows you to add and remove the metadata sections associated with items (folders and activities) in the Editor tool for the teacher role. From this screen, you can add, edit, and delete metadata sections. To create a metadata section, you are asked to:
- Provide a Name, which is not visible to the users and cannot include spaces or special characters (you can underscore or hyphenate between words).
- Provide a Title, which is visible to students.
- Choose input type from the options listed here. The content entered in these fields is used to create searchable metadata tags.
- Provide Placeholder text for the activity.
- Use the Default field to define the default state or content that you want present in the field (this is not available for the Rich Text input type).
- Indicate the Levels within the course folder structure at which you want this metadata displayed. Level one is the first level of folders under the course folder, level two impacts any folders or activities you add to those folders, and so forth. If you don't specify here, the field is shown at all levels.
- Choose the Item Type for which the section should appear (folders, activities, or all).
- Indicate whether you want to Allow setting per group.
- Indicate whether you want to make the item Visible to students when they select the item in the Activities tool (only applicable to folders).
- Indicate whether you want the metadata Editable in clipboard in the Teacher app. Checking this box causes the metadata field to appear in the Clipboard when creating activities.
Metadata for courses
Course metadata: Create metadata fields for teachers, course authors, etc to complete for courses. For more information reach out to Echo Support.
Metadata for domains
Domain metadata: Allows admins to create Domain Metadata fields where users can record and track additional information about a domain. For more information reach out to Echo Support.
Metadata for questions
Question Metadata: Echo allows you to create metadata fields for questions by providing a:
- Name: The XML element name for the data.
- Title: What you want shown in the UI.
Metadata for users
User Metadata: Click Add to create a metadata fields that appear when creating and editing user profiles, and click the pencil (edit) icon to specify:
- Name, which is not visible to the users and cannot include spaces or special characters (you can underscore or hyphenate between words).
- Title, which is visible to user.
- Input type
- Any Placeholder text you want.
- Default, which defines the state or content that you want present in the field when users first encounter it.
The Miscellaneous card includes:
Default course navigation: Choose your domain's default Activities tool layout from two options:
- Full View shows the course tree structure in the sidebar when a user opens a folder.
- Simplified shows only the contents of the folder the user is in.
- Idle Timeout: Enter, in minutes, the amount of time Echo can remain idle before logging a user out. Providing a timeout value prevents users from staying logged in indefinitely and having that time recorded and reported as activity. If you leave this field blank, users are not logged out due to inactivity.
- Prohibited Files: List any file types that you want to prohibit users from uploading to Echo. Separate items with commas.
- Hide audio and video uploading controls: Check this box to disable audio/video uploads.
Rubrics: Create rubrics for course authors to use with the Rubric editor.
School years and grading periods
School years and grading periods: Set up domain-level Grading Periods for courses in your domain to use. To do so, you must define a school year, create Grading Periods within that school year, and then select the current year and Grading Period for the domain.
Scoring objectives: Echo allows you to add Scoring Objectives to use in Multi-Outcome Scoring courses.
Enable SpeechStream with this card (learn more about SpeechStream).
Student Options: Here, you can:
- Allow students to change their email address.
- Allow students to change their password.
- Allow students to change their profile picture by uploading a new picture.
- Allow students to change their profile picture by picking from the avatar list.
- Allow students to see peers who have completed course activities (Peer Help).
- Hide the ability for students to register themselves for courses by entering registration codes.
- Hide the ability for students to send email from Echo.
- Specify when you want a course to start counting down days before it ends for students with the Course-ending countdown field. This countdown appears in the Activities (Course Home) and Performance tools for students.
- Specify when you want an activity to appear as Due soon in a student's To-do List by completing the Due soon field.
Echo allows you to customize your domain's look and feel to suit your needs. Click here to learn more about themes.
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.