We are very happy to announce that the BigBlueButton project has been accepted into RackSpace Startups program. Over the next 12 months we will receive credits for using RackSpace cloud services, which will help us accelerate the development and testing of the next release of BigBlueButton for everyone. Thanks RackSpace!
On Wednesday, February 12th, 2014, Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton Project Manager, gave a Community Update on the progress towards BigBlueButton 0.9.0, the next release due out this year.
Use FireFox or Chrome browser to view the recording of the session (advance to the 37 minute mark for the beginning of the recording):
We pleased to announce BigBlueButton 0.81, the eleventh release of our open source web conferencing platform for on-line learning.
Our vision is that every student with a web browser should have access to a high-quality on-line learning experience. This release represents over a year of development effort and over four months of testing. It is our most significant step towards reaching our vision.
Thanks to everyone that worked, tested, and gave us feedback on this release!
Last week we wrapped up our third BigBlueButton developer summit. Many thanks to Felipe Cecagno, Leonardo Crauss Daronco (and the other members of the Mconf team) for their great hospitality during the week. Below is the list of developers attending the summit (and their respective organizations):
- Blindside Networks — Fred Dixon, Richard Alam, Guga Salzar, Calvin Walton, Moahmed Ahmed
- Copeland Media — Tyler Copeland
- Seneca College — Gary Deng, Chad Pilkey
- iMDT — Tiago Jacobs
- Mconf — Felipe Cecagno, Leonardo Crauss Daronco, Lucas Jones, Mauricio Cruz, Lucas Zawacki, Fernando Bottin
At the end of the week, the team gave four on-line sessions to the BigBlueButton community detailing the progress of the week. These sessions were open to anyone. At the end of each session there was a Q&A.
To view the recordings for each session, click the images below.
Session 1: BigBlueButton Project Update
This presentation gives an update on the project’s achievements this year, our progress towards the release of BigBlueButton 0.81 (our eleventh release) and a look ahead at the road map for the next release.
(presentation starts at 23:00 mark)
Session 2: Integrating WebRTC
Web real-time communications (WebRTC) offers native audio in Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox with no plugins. This presentation gives an update on our progress to incorporate WebRTC audio in BigBlueButton.
(presentation starts at 9:30 mark)
Session 3: HTML 5 Client
The HTML5 team gives an update on the current design (front-end/back-end) for the HTML5 client.
(presentation starts at 21:00)
Session 4: Native Mobile Client (Android and iOS)
This presentation gives an overview of the preliminary work to build a native mobile client (Android and iOS) for BigBlueButton.
(presentation starts at 16:00 mark)
Special thanks to AllWorkingBrasil for the great co-working space we used for the summit.
These presentations were given and recorded with BigBlueButton.
Curon Davies, e-Learning Adviser for the Jisc RSC Wales, have contributed the Welsh localization for BigBlueButton. To quote the article:
Several further education colleges within Wales already use the open-source BigBlueButton to provide a virtual classroom environment that is integrated with their Moodle virtual learning environment. This allows a web conference with audio, webcam, chat, video, and screen sharing and presentation slides along with other office-based documents. BigBlueButton had a user interface available in 20 fully translated languages with a simple drop down selection allowing a change of language mid-use.
Many thanks for helping to extend BigBlueButton to another market of remote educators and learners!