Active Learning

Active learning tools

Students can use a range of active learning / study tools available to supplement their studies both during and outside of a lecture. 

These tools are: 

  • Note takingAllows you to take notes during a lecture, matching them to the corresponding lecture slides displayed when a note is added. Combined with the Search function, this is useful in keeping your notes organised for review. 
  • Discussions panelIf you have any questions regarding the course content, post them to the Discussions panel for the lecturer and your peers to answer. You may ask a question anonymously without raising a hand in class.
  • Interactive activitiesYour lecturers may include interactive slides such as multiple-choice questions or polls to be completed during the lecture. This can be a good way to test your knowledge on the current lecture material and give your lecturer feedback on your learning. Questions may also trigger class discussion of difficult concepts.
  • BookmarksYou can mark specific slides during a lecture to make it easier to find certain information. This can be useful if you want to return to the slide later for review or taking notes.
  • Confused flagsYou can flag specific slides you find confusing. The lecturer is notified of these flags so that they can provide more explanation during or after the lecture. 
  • SearchAllows you to search for keywords contained in your Notes and the Discussions panel.
  • Auto TranscriptAllows you to follow the audio content of the course using speech-to-text Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology.

These tools are accessible at any time, before, during and after your lecture. For more information on how to access these tools, visit View and Download Lecture Recordings.

Mobile App

The mobile app allows students to access both videos and presentations at any time using their own smartphone or tablet. 

What is the Mobile App

The mobile app is an application available for your phone or tablet, designed to be a simpler version of the Lecture Recordings service that you can access at any time. While you can also use your phone's browser, the app is better suited for handheld devices and will be easier to use than the browser.

For more information, visit What the Mobile Apps Can and Cannot Do. 

Downloading the App

You can download the latest Echo360 application from either the Apple StoreGoogle Play or Windows Store. Once installed, the app will request you enter your school assigned email address. Please enter your primary UNSW email address within this field. Once confirmed, the app will redirect you to UNSW's authentication page where you can then sign in.


How to use the Mobile App

After logging in, you will be taken to the course home page. This displays your current courses, where you can navigate to the lecture recording/slide you want to view. Clicking the video/presentation icons will let you view the lecture content. 

Compared to a computer, the mobile app focuses on its convenience as it lets you access your lecture materials using a handheld device. This can be great if you don't have access to a computer during a lecture, giving you access to the materials and study tools with just your device. Keep in mind that the mobile app does not currently support the Note Taking tool, requiring students to bring pen and paper or another device if they wish to take notes during the lecture. For more information, visit Navigating the Echo360 Mobile App.