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BigBlueButton

Open source web conferencing system for online learning

3.91/5 (35 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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Pricing

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Devices

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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BigBlueButton user reviews

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Sven H.

The new boss in town

Used weekly for free trial
Reviewed 2020-12-16
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
BigBlueButton has made a revolution in video conferencing software. They came from a flash player into HTML5 with excellent sound, video and great presentational features (provided you have a stable internet connection). The software is perfect for teaching, explaining, giving lectures, giving practical solutions in the form of a whiteboard webinar and just all around great. As simple as clicking a link and you're there.

Cons
Maybe there are some slight problems to be solved with the audio and multiple people talking at once, but all in all very little to no cons.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ana Isabel L.

Carencias del software para la enseñanza de idiomas online

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-06-09
Review Source: Capterra

Al trabajar en un Centro de Idiomas universitario, debido al confinamiento,los profesores tuvimos que buscar a toda prisa diferentes plataformas para seguir con la docencia online. Big BlueButton no fue una opción al principio, tal vez pq no fuera la más publicitada ni la de más fácil acceso y rendimiento en la enseñanza de idiomas online. Al implantar una nueva versión de moodle en el Centro de Idiomas donde trabajo, se eligió BBB por su fiabilidad y la seguridad que ofrecía, y por ser una plataforma gratuita.

Pros
Según parece, es un método fiable para implementarlo dentro de la plataforma moodle con la que trabajamos, sin comprometer la información contenida dentro de la empresa para la que trabajo. Es gratuita y permite implementarlo dentro de la plataforma moodle con la que estamos trabajando.

Cons
A pesar de tener las mismas características q otras plataformas de videoconferencia para clases online (audio y vídeo, chat grupal, compartición de pantalla...) hay varios aspectos mejorables para facilitar la enseñanza de idiomas por videoconferencia: - Reducido espacio de pantalla disponible para ver a los alumnos , ya q las notas compartidas y el listado de los alumnos presentes (a la derecha del espacio de presentación e imágenes de los alumnos) es demasiado pequeño. Eso hace q el espacio de presentación tb sea pequeño y tenga q agrandar secciones del texto/imagen etc para poder mostrar la imagen en su totalidad. TODOS LOS PARTICIPANTES, tanto los q se conectan con imagen y sonido, como los q se conectan solo con sonido deberían figurar como participantes en la pantalla principal, liberando ese espacio ocupado al que hacía mención antes. -Tanto las opciones de notas compartidas como las de chat deberían ser botones/espacios opcionales, ocupando poco espacio de pantalla, y usarlos sólo si fueran necesarios. - Al compartir el doc/presentación en pantalla completa, no se ve a los participantes, por lo q hay que volver a pantalla reducida para llamarlos a participar. - Los recursos/materiales a compartir son limitados.Ni audios ni videos q no estén en las plataformas permitidas (youtube, etc); gran handicap en una clase de idiomas. - La asignación de participantes en 'aulas' es engorroso y poco intuitivo. Tampoco efectivo.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Juan Carlos G.

The slft provided video conference

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-02-19
Review Source: Capterra

It was all nice until we deployed a solution for million of people. The recording started to fail and some times the conferences got wrong. We needed to imprive the insfrastructur and even that we still having some issues randomly.

Pros
Its open source, and you modify whatever you want on it There is tutorials about how to setup it Can record video conferences Can host several conferences Several tools on the interface Can hanfle groups

Cons
Hard to deploy even that there is a lot of tutorial it can be messy to setup. Needs a high capacity server to handle several conferences. Not much customizable with out having issues with the setup. Recording of comnferences sometimes fails randomly. Cant handle high traffic very well

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Islam K.

good software ... but!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-26
Review Source: Capterra

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 recommend: 8/10

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JUAN L.

Buena plataforma de video conferencia

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-03-09
Review Source: Capterra

Buena experiencia desde Moodle

Pros
Poder utilizar con un número amplio de estudiantes

Cons
El interfaz es aburrido debería ser más bonito

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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BigBlueButton pricing

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Free
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BigBlueButton features

API
Call Recording
Chat/Messaging
Live Chat
Third Party Integrations
Video Conferencing

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Customizable Branding (137 other apps)
Data Import/Export (144 other apps)
IVR / Voice Recognition (138 other apps)
Mobile Access (209 other apps)
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Additional information for BigBlueButton

Key features of BigBlueButton

  • Sub-room created within virtual meeting/class
  • Participants can alert the Host that they have a question when they are muted.
  • Supports video files
  • Improve business process by accessing more features and applications by combining third party integrations
  • Online gateway through which parents and students can view material and communicate with teachers
  • Record active support and chat sessions for auditing and training
  • Share and present designs
  • An electronic record of patients, clinical documentation, created and stored digitally
  • Connect with meeting participants remotely over the web
  • Receive information and notification of changes as soon as they are available
  • Integration with LMS system
  • Digitally share a wide variety of media types
  • High-definition audio capability
  • Virtual whiteboards allow instructors to share information with students in real-time
  • Ability to chat online in real time
  • Stream slide presentations during the web conference to present it to the audience
  • Digitally share screen view with others
  • Record the audio of phone conversations for quality assurance purposes
  • Gauge satisfaction and receive information for improvement and success
  • Allows for integration with other systems/databases
  • Broadcast live video streams
  • Classes/sessions accessible via web browser of built-in video conferencing
  • Organize and track educational activities
  • Create quick polls to keep people engaged.
  • Engage in direct, instant messaging
  • An on-demand webcast is a pre-recorded presentation, which is available online at the viewer¿s convenience.
  • Notify presenter that attendee wishes to speak
  • Provide special privileges to hosts and presenters to control audience actions, such as putting someone on mute, etc.
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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.