How do I manage domain settings?

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. This article walks through the options in Edit Settings to give an overview of this powerful feature.

To access Domain Settings:

  1. Open the side menu in Domain > Details.  
  2. Select Edit Settings.

The "Edit Settings" panel has several alphabetized cards.  This article provides an overview of those settings.

Activity templates

Activity templates:  If enabled, Echo allows you to create activity templates that content authors can copy time from the syllabus of the indicated course and edit for their own needs.

Authentication

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.

Avatars

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

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

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

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.

Course templates

Template Courses:  If enabled, allows you to Add course templates that content authors can use as a structure when creating new courses.

Editor

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.

Landing content

Landing contentEasily create domain-wide landing page content that appears on the user's Home and specify when and which roles see it.

Learning standards

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):

  1. To make an organization's standards available in your courses, add its code to the Comma-separated list of standard sets.
  2. Check the boxes for the grade levels that you want included as well.

Library extensions

Library ExtensionsAllows 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

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

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.

Miscellaneous

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

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

Scoring objectives: Echo allows you to add Scoring Objectives to use in Multi-Outcome Scoring courses.  

SpeechStream

Enable SpeechStream with this card (learn more about SpeechStream).

Student options

Student Options: Here, you can:

Theme

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.

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