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BigBlueButton

Open source web conferencing system for online learning

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BigBlueButton Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

BigBlueButton product 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.

Key benefits of using BigBlueButton

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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

FAQs/Forum
Chat
Knowledge Base

Training options

Videos
Documentation

BigBlueButton pricing information

Value for money

4.2

/5

52

Starting from

Free

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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BigBlueButton features

Functionality

4.1

/5

52

Total features

36

5 categories

Most valued features by users

Third Party Integrations
API
Chat/Messaging
Call Recording
Live Chat
Video Conferencing
Real-Time Chat
Breakout Rooms

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BigBlueButton users reviews

Overall Rating

4.1

/5

52

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.89/10
Rating distribution

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20

22

6

3

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Pros
However this product has amazing features specially for virtual classrooms. For me this is very much better than Flagship products.
They came from a flash player into HTML5 with excellent sound, video and great presentational features (provided you have a stable internet connection).
We have most of the features that are an musthave for online learnings. It has the best price-performance ratio and is Open Source so you can customize it like you want.
Cons
The recordings changed the orientation of my slide images making all the notes I took on them useless and confusing.
It's just sad that most people don't know about it or are afraid to use it.
Not much customizable with out having issues with the setup. Recording of comnferences sometimes fails randomly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Perfect tool for video Conferencing and Online Discussions

Reviewed 2 months ago

Throughout my experiences using BigBlueButton i noticed the software works best with computers of RAM starting from 4GB anything below tends to slow down the video real time signal and it freeze

Pros

The best thing I like about BigBlueButton is its integration with the Learning Management Systems. This saves a lot of time and effort since all the necessary tools are available to aid learning sessions. Another thing is also it's customization for example choosing own colors and designs for the online classroom, enabling or disabling features based on your demands

Cons

I think have no issue with BigBlueButton and still hoping to discover more interesting features

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Very solid choice

Reviewed 5 months ago

We are a nonprofit, and these folks make life easier. They are great to work with and very responsive. Not a common experience with previous vendors we've used.

Pros

We've been very happy with this product. The Moodle integration is critical for us, and it is solid. It will soon be packaged with Moodle itself, which should only serve to make it even better in the future. The interface is simple enough for anyone to familiarize with it and it checks off the majority of our boxes.

Cons

I think slide navigation could be better. And currently, hyperlinks don't work on slides. These are things that used to be features on their old client versions before rewriting to remove Flash. So I'm hopeful they'll return at some point.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Ideal for internal education

Reviewed 11 days ago
Pros

BigBlueButton makes it possible for us to conduct our internal company level education without any problem.

Cons

So good so far, no any negative experiences to share here.

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  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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good software ... but!

Reviewed 2 years ago

overall bbb is good software to manage video conference if develop process continue as it is maybe in 3 years we will have golden product

Pros

bbb is very easy to set , implement and lunch and has very simple view help anyone to manage it , beside it is large community and devloping proccess

Cons

i think the position of developing cycle is wrong i mean bbb need more develop for customer and end user who is not technical i mean for all our teacher how hard it was to manage and customize and that is first; second bbb has weak error view system for example sometimes internet connection is too bad for sharing and bbb loading for ever it will be greate to show error msg "hi your connection is bad" that so simple but i think end user ( no technical user ) is not calculated here.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Like black coffee: Plain and it always works!

Reviewed 3 months ago

Overall, BigBlueButton is spotless and covers the standard use cases for online meeting and online teaching. I would choose BigBlueButton over any alternative product because of its simplicity in use and service delivery.

Pros

BigBlueButton has become a daily companion for me. It is nothing more and nothing less than a simple service for online communication, without attracting attention with desktop applications or data integrity concerns. In the field of academic work, where it is also important that meetings between researchers can be realized worldwide and quickly, BigBlueButton is simple and highly functional. BigBlueButton...

Cons

It is often noticeable that BigBlueButton has problems with audio connection. Especially if the browsers used are not Chrome, Firefox or the InternetExplorer it can be that BigBlueButton does not allow a connection to headphones. Often this can cause delays in meetings.

BigBlueButton FAQs and common questions

Q. What type of pricing plans does BigBlueButton offer?

BigBlueButton has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, Open Source


Q. Who are the typical users of BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Q. What languages does BigBlueButton support?

BigBlueButton supports the following languages:
Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish


Q. Does BigBlueButton offer an API?

Yes, BigBlueButton has an API available for use.


Q. What other apps does BigBlueButton integrate with?

BigBlueButton integrates with the following applications:
Drupal, Redmine, Moodle, WordPress, eFront, Schoology, Fedena, Docebo


Q. What level of support does BigBlueButton offer?

BigBlueButton offers the following support options:
FAQs/Forum, Chat, Knowledge Base

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