How do I manage the 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.

To access the domain settings panel, click the Settings button (three small dots) on the "Details" page of the Domain Tool.  Then select "Settings" from the list.


The "Edit Settings" panel has several tabs.  Learn more about each tab's functions by clicking on the tab's name below.

Domain Options:  Add landing page content, customize menu entries and sort order, set idle timeout, prohibit file extensions, etc.

User Options: Settings that allow users to change passwords, update their profile picture, send email, etc.

Course Options:  Define badges, school-wide learning outcomes, and learning standards. Create activity templates.

Themes: Change the default color scheme of your domain, change logos, customize the login page, etc.

Integrations:  Connect Echo to Google or LTI enabled services like







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.

Documentation for Prior Interface

As the Echo Administrator, you can configure many settings within your domain.  If your account is in the District domain any configuration changes you make will roll down to all schools within the district.  

There are however several options NTN manages and ask that you do not make any changes to the current values.  

Domain Options

  • Editor: These fields control elements of the Course Editor
  • Menu Entries  Standard and Custom: These fields control Main Menu selections

User Options

  • User Metadata: Fields managed by NTN

Course Options

  • Activity Metadata: These fields control sections associated with items, (folders and activities) in the Course Editor.


  • String Overrides: Allows for customizations of terminology in Echo.
  • Experimental Features: NTN always working to improve your Echo experience, and will add new features that are in testing

Reviewing Settings

Opening Settings in the Domain toolbar gives access to seven tabbed pages that allow you to customize your domain to best suit your district or organization.

Reviewing Settings

This article walks through each screen in Settings to give an overview of this powerful feature.

Links to detailed instructions are provided.

Domain Options

  • Bookmarks: Echo allows you to create Bookmarks that appear in a Links tool for users. From this screen, you can add and delete Bookmarks. To edit existing Bookmarks, click XML
Domain Options
  • 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 active. 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 side menu when not expanded: Check this box if you want this to be the default behavior across your domain.

User Options

User Options

Course Options

  • Badges: Echo allows course authors to create Badges that teachers can award to students for various accomplishments. From this screen, you can add, edit, and delete these Badges. To create one, you must:
    • Provide a badge Title.
    • Choose or upload a file to use as the badge's Image.
    • Provide Categories for which the badge can be awarded.
  • Rubrics: NTN has default rubric templates included.
  • Scoring Objectives: (Schoolwide Learning Outcomes)  Echo allows you to add Scoring Objectives. From this screen, you can add and delete them. To add a Scoring Objective, you are asked to provide a Guid and the hex code for the color that you want to represent the objective.  
  • Standards: Echo allows you to make Standards from various states and/or organizations available to align with activities in a course. To add a state or organization's standards, provide its code; separate items with commas.
  • Learning Standards: Allows you to select your State's standards for use in the activities
Course Options

Styles & Themes

The backgrounds and colors can be changed for your school.   However, we request that use leave the Homepage and the Logos with the Echo branding.

Styles & Themes


  • Authentication: Echo supports 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.
    • To enable SSO, select CAS or SAML from this dropdown and provide the server URL for CAS and the idp-meta.xml for SAML.
    • If you don't want to set up SSO, choose Echo from this dropdown and use the checkbox to indicate whether or not you want to Allow users to create their own accounts.
  • Google Drive: Echo allows districts and schools to enable a deep integration with Google Drive, so users can submit and view documents directly in Echo. To configure this:
  • Library Extensions: Echo 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 Gooru, EdGate, and Kahn Academy. From this screen, you can add, edit, and delete library extensions for this library. To add a Library Extension, you are asked to provide:
    • An ID.
    • A Title.
    • The Provider name.
    • The URL.
    • A Thumbnail URL.
    • A decision to Show library or not.
  • LTI Credentials: Echo allows you to integrate with other learning tools. 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.

Additional articles

Admin App Overview


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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