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BigBlueButton Community Update

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):

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BigBlueButton 0.81 released


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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.  

For details on the feature and setup instructions for BigBlueButton 0.81 see release notes and installation.

Thanks to everyone that worked, tested, and gave us feedback on this release!

Presentations from BigBlueButton Developer Summit III (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

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):

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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

Welsh Localization Now in 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!

 

 

 

BigBlueButton Summit III: Porto Alegre, Brazil

The BigBlueButton team is meeting together this week in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to advance development of BigBlueButton in the following four areas:

  • BigBlueButton core
  • HTML5
  • WebRTC
  • Native mobile client (iOS and Android)

Here’s a picture of the team arriving at Sao Paulo Airport.

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We want to give everyone a detailed update on our progress at the end of the week.

We will be giving a series of presentations to the BigBlueButton community this Friday, November 1st, starting at 13:00 (GMT-4).

To join, login to:

http://summit.bigbluebutton.org/
password: welcome

(This login will be active 24 hours before the summit)

Agenda

All times are in Friday, November 1st Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4).  Each session will have a Q&A at the end.

13:00 – 13:40 — BigBlueButton Project Update

Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton Project Manager, will give an update on the project’s achievements this year, the progress towards the release of BigBlueButton 0.81 (our eleventh release) and a look ahead at the road map for 1.0.

13:50 – 14:20 — Integrating WebRTC

Web real-time communications (WebRTC) offers native audio/video in Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox with no plugins.  The use of WebRTC would lower the latency of audio in BigBlueButton.  Gustavo Salzar will give an update on our efforts to incorporate WebRTC into the BigBlueButton core.

14:30 – 15:00 — HTML 5 Client

The HTML 5 team (Mohamed Ahmed, Felipe Cecagno, Leonardo Daronco & Gary Deng) will give a status report on the progress to implement the HTML5 client.  This work has been going on in parallel to the core development.

The presentation will cover UI design of the HTML5 client, the architectural changes, and the planned efforts ahead for the project.

15:10 – 15:40 — Native Mobile Client (Android and iOS)

We’ve started work on a new project to create native mobile clients for Android and iOS devices.  This presentation will give an update on our progress to date and the plans ahead.

Everyone is welcome to join the above sessions!