BigBlueButton Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

BigBlueButton

Open source web conferencing system for online learning

4.05/5 (20 reviews)

BigBlueButton overview

What is BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton is an open-source web collaboration software utilized by education organizations for e-learning and training. The software offers numerous options for customization and integration as per requirements of the users.
BigBlueButton enables users to conduct web-conferencing and share documents, audio and video files for online learning. The software’s “whiteboard” feature allows presenters to mark valuable topics in the presentation. In addition, its “polling” feature engages learners and helps the presenter to receive feedback. BigBlueButton’s “desktop sharing” feature extends beyonds slides and allows moderators to share their screen with the audience enabling a better understanding of topics.
BigBlueButton supports multiple users in a video conference with no cap on numbers of active webcams. The software also supports voice conferencing via Voice Over IP (VOIP) without additional hardware requirements.
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Supported languages

English
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BigBlueButton reviews

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April Shannon CPhT

Quick and Easy Set Up for Conferences

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-02-07
Review Source: Capterra

I would recommend this product to others looking to set up conferences with students.

Pros
This software is great for tutoring sessions with my online students and it can be launched inside of the LMS we are using for our courses.

Cons
The recorded sessions are only available for 14 days.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Eduardo Lina

My review of Big Blue Button

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-05-12
Review Source: Capterra

It has been quite positive. I have used it regularly during lockdown when it was impossible to teach face to face at school.

Pros
The ease with which I can handle a Synchronous Virtual Classroom meeting: Uploading Files, Sharing my screen and all the other functionalities enable me to carry out this aspect of Distance Teaching without problems.

Cons
Unless I am mistaken, I cannot upload more than one file. If I upload toe, the first one gets erased.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Lucy Siegel

use zoom instead

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-04-01
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
It was hard for me to use it as a student I missed 9 of my classes in virtual school using this. When my teacher uses zoom it works perfectly and this works horribly.I keeps signing me out automatically and says meeting has not started when it has like 31 minutes ago. It is horrible and barely lets me enter the meeting and so does it with my other classmates.

Cons
It was hard for me to use it as a student I missed 9 of my classes in virtual school using this. When my teacher uses zoom it works perfectly and this works horribly.I keeps signing me out automatically and says meeting has not started when it has like 31 minutes ago. It is horrible and barely lets me enter the meeting and so does it with my other classmates.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Amit Gupta

Reliable meeting and online teaching tool

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-03-30
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience was with bigbluebutton is good only faced issue in greenlight. I would like to have its Android version also. Currently we can use in browser(mozilla or chrome)

Pros
Bigbluebutton is powerful and robust server application which have all sort of features required for online teaching, meeting and collaboration. The step by step guide is yet easy to deploy this application. The presenter, viewer part, integration of audio bridge, screen sharing, file presentation, polls etc are nice features.

Cons
Overall customization of different parts is not so easy and there is very limited resources available for helping in this. Something like greenlight installation is not easy and support on web is almost nowhere about this. The application required higher bandwidth for video audio/ video and screen sharing streams which makes it hefty on resources side. Audio does sometime hiccups usually when multiple people taking at once.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Ethan Long

It Worked

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-04-28
Review Source: Capterra

It worked well. Teachers were able to get everybody in a session, they could share documents or videos or songs, and they could record sessions. It worked well for us.

Pros
We used this software to have class meetings. I think one of the best features of BigBlueButton was the screen share feature. Teachers could bring documents up seamlessly while talking about a subject. Distance didn't really get in the way, and some cohorts were students from different countries.

Cons
I don't think there was a lot that people didn't like. A pro/con of the software was that it was only accessible through Canvas which were we using. So you could only use it if you were in our Canvas program. But that was good for students and teachers because their video conferencing software was right at their fingertips.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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BigBlueButton pricing

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BigBlueButton features

API
Call Recording
Chat
Conferencing
Third Party Integration
Video Conferencing

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Reporting & Statistics (132 other apps)
Voice Mail (83 other apps)

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Additional information for BigBlueButton

Benefits

BigBlueButton is an open-source software, so no capital expenditure is incurred on its deployment. Additionally, developers can customize its full source API and integrate it with IMS Learning Tools.
BigBlueButton assists in online learning via web-conferencing. Users can share documents, audio and video files for collaboration.
Presenters can showcase any PDF or Microsoft Office document and annotate important topics with BigBlueButton’s whiteboard feature.
Learners can interact with professors or fellow students via a private or public chat.
BigBlueButton allows users to record webinars and lectures for later playback for better understanding.
Other useful features of BigBlueButton are desktop sharing, polling, WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) audio, and voice conferencing.