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Echo360 Lecture Capture Recordings Policy

This document outlines the UMass Amherst Echo360 lecture recording policy.*

  • Intellectual Property rights of the recorded material are in accordance with the UMass Amherst Intellectual Property Guidelines.
  • Instructors must request a new Echo360 course section each semester they teach a class and want to use Echo360.
  • No class will be recorded without the expressed consent of the instructor, as indicated by the completion of a lecture capture request form.
  • INSTRUCTORS MUST NOTIFY STUDENTS THAT LECTURES ARE BEING RECORDED. Every effort is made to not capture student’s likenesses, as the system is designed to capture the instructor and the front of the classroom, however, student’s audio participation might be recorded.
  • Depending on how recordings are created or edited, they may constitute educational records that are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Instructors agree to follow acceptable practices for utilizing video and audio recordings in the classroom setting. For more, see our Lecture Capture and FERPA page.
  • Echo360 classroom capture will not be used during final exam periods as an academic honesty enforcement tool.
  • Lecture recordings will be restricted to UMass Amherst students via the Moodle or Blackboard learning tool integration (LTI). Other access controls, such as publicly available recording links, are available at the discretion of the instructor.
  • All content will be delivered using streaming technology. By default, viewers can download recordings. Instructors, however, can manually disable downloading of recordings.
  • Content recorded by non-UMass Amherst instructors and staff for delivery outside of the UMass Amherst Moodle or Blackboard LTI will be removed from the Echo360 system after 2 months (approximately 60 days). Arrangements can be made with authorized operator of the UMass Amherst Echo360 system to download recordings for self-hosting.
  • The Echo360 service is designed to retain the most recent two years of content in an 
    active state for viewing by end users and five more years of published content in 
    archive. Archived content is not viewable by registered users unless it is republished, 
    where it will be moved back to an active storage array. Active plus archived storage 
    provides a total of seven years of content retention. The system will automatically 
    archive content published more than two years prior. The archiving process is tied to 
    the last published date not the content creation date, so content re-published for use in
    subsequent periods will not be archived unless the last published date is greater than 
    two years prior.
  • Recordings can be edited on the Echo360 server for up to 6 months after the publication date to remove undesired material or conversations by either faculty or by an authorized operator of the lecture capture system. After 6 months, recordings cannot be edited on the Echo360 server.
  • At any time, instructors may download recordings from the Echo360 server for back-up or long-term storage purposes.
  • RECORDINGS MADE PRIOR TO FALL 2015: At the end of an academic semester (after final grades are due), recordings with an "Available" status will be placed in an archival area. Unreleased classroom recordings will be permanently deleted. After one year, archived Echo360 recordings will be automatically and permanently deleted. (e.g., Spring 2014 recordings will be removed from the Echo360 server just after the start of the Spring 2015 semester.) Recordings can be saved for a longer period of time, or used on a "continuous" basis, if prior arrangements have been made.

*By using Echo360 at UMass Amherst, you agree to the Lecture Capture Recording Policy. UMass Amherst reserves the right to change, modify, add or remove portions of this policy, at any time. It is your responsibility to check this Lecture Capture Recording Policy for changes.