BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system

Cost: Free. Open source
Availability: Online

Ranking in the previous surveys:

2021: – 2020: 117 2019: 142 2018: – 2017: 177 2016: 146 2015: – 2014: –
2013: – 2012: – 2011: 74 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –

Comments on BigBlueButton 

“Also an open source tool that we used a lot during COVID19. It offers many possibilities to organize interactive webinars.” Katrien Bernaerts, coordinator Toll-net, Belgium, 2020

“Easy-to-use open source web conferencing tool. Now has polling and soon will have break-out rooms, too.” Rebekah Roehrs, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016

Quick Guide to BigBlueButton 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use BigBlueButton for teaching, training, learning and development.

BigBlueButton is a popular educational web conferencing platform as it enables teachers to engage and collaborate with their students

  • BigBlueButton enables you to share your audio, slides, chat, video, and desktop with students.
  • Built-in polling makes it easy to engage students and recording your lectures means that you can make them available for later review.
  • There is a live whiteboard for presenters and groups: Annotations are automatically displayed back to the students in real-time. Presenters also have the ability to zoom, highlight, draw and write on presentations making your points clearer to remote students.
  • Everyone can share a webcam

BigBueButton has integrations for many of the major learning and content management systems, like Canvas, Schoology and D2L. Moodle and Sakai also have plugins for deep integration. See others here.

Here is some general guidance about using BigBlueButton

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