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Nice tweet from Boston College

Just saw this tweet from Boston College. Looks like they are using BigBlueButton from within Canvas.

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We’re feeling the love.

BigBlueButton Summit VII: Porto Alegre, Brazil

We just returned back from another great developer summit in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This was our seventh developer summit. The BigBlueButton project holds developer summits every six months to bring the core developers and committers together to review and coordinate development on the project, do code sprints, and enjoy some good meals and company together.

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The project has come a long way from it’s first developer summit. Now that we have released BigBlueButton 1.0-beta, looking back to previous summits, we can see how the earlier planning helped us to reach this milestone. At this summit we had the largest number of developers (19 in total) working together on the project.

    Alexandre Kreismann
    Anton Georgiev
    Calvin Walton
    Chad Pilkey
    Danny Perrone
    Felipe Cecagno
    Fred Dixon
    Gabriel de Campes
    Ghazi Triki
    Leonardo Daronco
    Lucas Freire
    Lucas Zawacki
    Mario Gasparoni Junior
    Max Doumit
    Maxim Khlobystov
    Oleksandr Zhurbenko
    Oswaldo Acauan
    Pedro Marin
    Richard Alam
    Tiago Jacobs

We thank the following organizations for helping make this summit possible:

At the end of the summit, the teams made two presentations to the community (using BigBlueButton of course) on the main activities: BigBlueButton core and HTML5 client. For those that missed the live presentations, you can view the recordings below.

BigBlueButton Project Update

BigBlueButton HTML Client Update

Thanks to everyone who traveled to Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was a great time! If your looking for a place to hold a developer summit, we definitely recommend Nós Coworking

BigBlueButton 1.0-beta Released

We (the core developers) are very pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 1.0-beta.

Our intent for this release is to increase opportunities for interaction between instructors and students. BigBlueButton 1.0-beta offers the following new features:

  • Polling – Presenters can now poll students for immediate feedback. The BigBlueButton client includes a feature that can automatically suggest the proper polling choices based on the content of the slide (we call this Smart Polling).
  • Improved video dock – The video dock now shows the webcams without boarders to give more visibility.
  • Emoji – Students can now use emoji icons (happy, neutral, sad, confused, and away) to give feedback in addition current raise hand.
  • Puffin Browser detection – BigBlueButton detects Puffin version 4.6 (or later) and enables the user to broadcast their microphone and webcam within a BigBlueButton session on a mobile device. The Puffin Browser is a mobile web browser supports the latest Flash engine over the cloud for iPad, iPhone and Android.

For details (with screen shots) see 1.0-beta overview.

Contributing organizations for this release:

  • Blindside Networks — Core development, documentation, QA, and release management
  • Seneca College — Client development
  • Mconf — Improved video dock, auto reconnect, and webhooks
  • ICES Corporation — Development and testing
  • HostBBB — Testing

BigBlueButton committers for this release:

  • Richard Alam – Lead architect
  • Felipe Cecagno – Client
  • Fred Dixon – Project manager
  • Tiago Jacobs – red5
  • Chad Pilkey – Client
  • Calvin Walton – Record and playback

This release represents over five months of focused development effort and testing, and we’ve been running builds of 1.0-dev on our demo server for over two months now, fixing all the issues we could find before beta release.

The goal of the BigBlueButton project is to enable remote students to have a high-quality on-line learning experience.  With each release we see an increase in adoption by the educational community.

“Our instructors love BigBlueButton. With our previous web-conferencing solution our users encountered many technical and usability problems that caused a lot of support effort on our part. With BigBlueButton, the support issues are almost non-existent. We are constantly impressed with the level of quality in this open source project.”

Marc Matthes, Dir. of Computer Networking Programs and Program Developer, Distance Learning Department, Iowa Central Community College

For instructions to install BigBlueButton 1.0-beta (or upgrade an existing 0.9.x server), see 1.0-beta install.

For details on the beta release process and the steps ahead before nearing release candidate, see our development process.

Add HTTPS to your BigBlueButton Server

We’ve published documentation on how to modify a BigBlueButton 0.9 server to support HTTPS.

For production servers, users are increasingly expecting content to be served from HTTPS. There is also another reason to support HTTPS: the upcoming Chrome 46, which is due for release soon, will not allow users to access their microphone via WebRTC unless the site is served from HTTPS (see post).

Therefore, if you are running your own BigBlueButton 0.9 server with WebRTC audio enabled, we recommend you configure the server for HTTPS. If not, after Chrome 46 releases, users will get the message Detected the following WebRTC issue: Could not get your microphone for a WebRTC call. Do you want to try Flash instead?.

Using Flash-based audio works as before, but if you upgrade the server to support HTTPS, WebRTC audio will work fine with Chrome 46 (and beyond).

Moodle Cloud Integrates BigBlueButton

Martian Dougiamis, the creator of Moodle and CEO of Moodle Pty, announced today the integration of BigBlueButton into Moodle Cloud, a free on-line version of Moodle available to teachers world-wide.

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All teachers signing up for Moodle Cloud will receive an integration version of BigBlueButton, giving them the ability to interact with students in real-time from within a Moodle course. The integrated version is limited to 6 users in a session and does not support recordings.

The integration of BigBlueButton and Moodle gives remote students both a synchronous and asynchronous learning environments in one solution.  For more information see Moodle Launches MoodleCloud – Free Hosting for Educators.