The mission of the BigBlueButton project is to create the world’s most effective virtual classroom, one that maximises time for applied learning and feedback.
This mission was recently featured in Season 5 of the Emmy-nominated series Tomorrow’s World Today, a Discovery Channel series that explores cutting-edge technology that is shaping our future for the better. The series regularly features pioneers working towards that future. In the episode below, Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton’s Product Manager, shares his experiences scaling BigBlueButton to massive numbers of concurrent teachers and students. He shares his thoughts about the future of a pedagogic-centric virtual classroom and how BigBlueButton is working towards that future.
“Filming this episode at Carleton University, the birthplace of BigBlueButton, was a lot of fun,” says Fred Dixon. “We’ve been focused on a vision of improving virtual classrooms by starting with the needs of the educators wanting to assess students in the moment (not after the class), and it was satisfying to see how the Discover Channel captured that vision in a few minutes of the segment.”
BigBlueButton is the world’s virtual classroom. Originally created in a Canadian university, it is now built-into the world’s most popular learning management systems (LMS), including Moodle Canvas, Sakai, D2L, Jenzabar, and Schoology – together comprising over 75% of global LMS deployments.
BigBlueButton is a growing open source project, with over 150 developers and commercial companies around the world enhancing the project for teachers and students. Thanks to this community, BigBlueButton is now localised into over 55 languages.
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