The section search is effectively a text search, looking for items in the section that contain whatever text you entered into the search box. You MUST enter text into the search box to return results.
Whether you are a student or an instructor, you may find that your sections become filled with useful but difficult-to-find items, especially if you are looking for something specific. The Section Search feature is designed to help you target the information you may need to find, especially when it comes time for an instructor create a quiz around a class discussion, or for a student to study for a test.
To access the Section Search
How the Section Search works: The section search is effectively a text search, looking for items in the section that contain whatever text you entered into the search box. You MUST enter text into the search box to return results.
For questions, responses, class names, and notes, a text search is fairly straightforward. Items that contain text matching the search word or phrase are returned. (See also the note below regarding one known limitation.)
For videos and presentations, the text search is more complicated. Videos, for example, don't have text. What Echo360 does is search the text of closed captions applied to any videos, and returns all the different locations in the video where the captioning contains that text.
Presentation files often have text but not all of the text in a presentation can be "read". Where the text in a presentation can be identified and matched, the slide containing the matching text is returned. However images containing text cannot be read and therefore those slides will not be returned. And sometimes it's difficult to know if the text in a slide is part of an image, or was typed onto the slide.
PDFs are also sometimes searchable and sometimes not. PDFs are often generated as pictures of text, meaning they cannot be read. However, depending on how the PDF was generated, it may be "readable" by the Echo360 search. This means that the Section Search may match search terms for some PDFs and not for others.
NOTE however there is a known limitation: text searches only return results where the text matches the beginning of a word. For example "you" will find all matches with "you" or "your" etc. A search for "our" will find "our" but not "your".
A future release of Echo360 is slated to address this text search issue, as well as include the ability for the section search to search content metadata (titles, descriptions, and tags).
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