If you intend to run an Active Class using ALP, ensure you have first completed the following tasks:

  • Link to your list of Classes in ALP from your LEO unit.
  • Create a new Class or ensured an automatically created Class is available to use.
  • Create a Presentation to use during your Class.

How to run an Active Class

  1. Open the link to ALP from your LEO unit and view your list of Classes.
  2. If recording your session, use the 'Start Capture' function to begin recording (see the How to record your class section below).
  3. Open your Presentation by clicking the green 'Presentation' icon and clicking the 'View' option.
  4. If possible, instruct your students to open the same Presentation from their own computers, so that they can use the interactive functions in the Presentation.
  5. Step through your Presentation slides, allowing students time to complete activities both in ALP and in any other means you have determined.

Using ALP functions in the classroom

The Active Learning Platform (ALP) has a range of functions that you as an instructor can use in the classroom to assist in running an Active Class. These functions are explained in detail below:

  • Recording your class using the Lecture Capture system.
  • Using Activities in Presentation slides, such as a quiz or a poll.
  • Using the Confusion Flag for real-time student feedback on information presented.
  • Question and Answers using the Discussions feature.

You can record your class in any room enabled with Echo360 Lecture Capture facilities. If your class is scheduled with Timetabling as a "lecture", the recording should happen automatically, and you can ignore this section. Otherwise, you can manually begin recording at the start of your class.

  1. Log into the presenter's computer in the teaching space before the class begins.
  2. Open a web browser and access your list of Classes in ALP through the link in your LEO unit.
  3. On the Class list page in ALP, click the 'Start Capture' button at the top of the page:
  4. In the "Start a new capture" window, choose the room you are currently in, and modify any of the other settings as you wish:
    • Select the room you're recording in from the Where? dropdown box.
    • Set the recording time using the Hours and Minutes options.
    • Choose the "Library" option from the Publish to... dropdown box. This will save the recording to your personal library, which you can then add to a Class later.
      The capture settings for the room
  5. Click the 'Start' button and recording will commence. You may now open your Presentation and run your Active Class. The recording will stop automatically when the time you set expires, or if you log off the presenter's computer.

How to add your video to a Class

  1. Click the 'Add Video' button (the blue + icon) for the Class you wish to attach the video to:
  2. From the popup window, choose "Import from your library".
  3. Select your recording and click 'Done'.

You will now see a green video icon that you and your students can click to view the video.

Activity slides can be used to ask students questions, assess overall understanding of the material, or to pose certain questions for discussion. In most cases, there are a range of tools on an activity slide that you can use in your Class.

In this example, when they have the Presentation open, students can make a choice of one of the four options:

An activity slide in ALP

As an instructor you will see a tool bar at the bottom of the screen:

  • Submissions: shows how many of your current student users have answered the activity question.
  • Close: toggle the 'Hand' button on to Close the activity to any new answers.
  • Results: click this 'Graph' button to display the overall results of answers submitted.
  • Reveal: if your question has a specific answer attached, click the 'Arrow' button to reveal the correct answer.
  • Reset: remove all answers and reset the activity.

Note: the options available in this toolbar may change depending on the activity used.

Interacting via SMS

Users can submit answers to certain quiz questions using their mobile phone by sending an SMS. At the bottom of each quiz activity page there may be an instruction such as:

SMS details with phone number and code

Students may text an answer to the number shown here, which may be useful if your participants are in a lecture theatre without computer access.

Students must have their phone number listed in their personal ALP settings before being able to SMS. You may have to instruct students to do this beforehand. To register a phone number with ALP:

  1. Open ALP using the link in your LEO unit.
  2. In ALP, click the 'cog' icon in the top right corner of the screen and choose 'Account Settings':
  3. In the phone number section of the settings, choose "Australia (+61)" and enter your phone number:
  4. Click 'Save' to save your settings.

Discussions allows students and the instructor to ask questions during the class, which can be answered by all participants. This can be used by the instructor to ask questions of the students as the class is running, or to answer questions students may have in general or about a specific slide.

Questions and answers are also saved as part of the Presentation, so you can review these discussions later, if you wish.

To open the Discussions panel, students and instructors can click the Discussions button in the toolbar:

This panel will show a list of all current questions, allowing you and your students to click on the question and provide a response, or ask a new question.

How to add a new question

  1. Click the 'New Question' button.
  2. Type your question into the text box.
  3. Click the 'Post Question' button.

Additional question options:

  • You may also click the 'paperclip' icon to attach a file to the question.
  • Enable the "Reference class content" option to indicate which slide your question is specifically about.
  • Enable the "Post anonymously" option if you don't want your name to appear with the question.

How to edit and delete questions

  1. Go to the list of questions.
  2. Hover over the question you wish to edit and click the 'Arrow' icon:
  3. Choose either the 'Edit' or 'Delete' options from the list:
    • The 'Edit' option will allow you change all text and options you set previously. Remember to click the 'Save' button when you are finished editing.
    • The 'Delete' option will ask you to confirm deletion. Click the 'OK' button to confirm.

The Confusion Flag enables students to indicate when the find Presentation content confusing. Knowing in real-time whether something you are presenting requires further exploration or discussion is a good way to aid your teaching and improve your Presentation materials over time.

In the classroom

The Confusion Flag is visible in the icons displayed at the top of the screen when viewing the Presentation:

Students can click this icon on any individual slide in the Presentation to indicate they are "confused". When students view a slide that contains a video as well as Presentation content, they will be asked to select "video" or "slide" when they click on the flag. They can click twice to select both.

Instructors are able to see immediately how many students may have indicated they are confused by viewing the numbered notification that will appear:

  • If you notice a large number of students in your class have indicated confusion, you can stop and revisit the content. If only 1 student is confused, you may suggest they use the Discussion tab to ask for further clarification.
  • Hover over the flag on a specific slide and you will a breakdown of where confusion has occurred. For example, three confusion flags may link to two slides and one video.

Instructors may also see an overview of slides where confusion was indicated by clicking the "Presentation Thumbnails" button (indicated below). Slides that were flagged by students as confusing will be indicated in the slide overview:

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