Blog

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.

moodle

 

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.

BigBlueButton Summit VI

The sixth BigBlueButton developers summit was held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from May 4th to May 8th, 2015. During the summit the project committers and developers collaborated together (and developed together) for a week to advance BigBlueButton for the needs of the community.

Thanks to all the developers who joined us

  • Anton Georgiev
  • Calvin Walton
  • Chad Pilkey
  • Danny Perrone
  • Felipe Cecagno
  • Fred Dixon
  • Leonardo Crauss Daronco
  • Lucas Zawacki
  • Mateus Dalepiane
  • Max Doumit
  • Maxim Khlobystov
  • Oleksandr Zhurbenko
  • Richard Alam
  • Stephane Dame

And thanks to all the commercial companies that made this summit possible

  • Blindside Networks
  • HostBBB
  • iCES Corporation
  • Seneca College
  • Mconf Technologies

At the end of the summit, the team made two presentations on the status of the project and the plans ahead.  These presentations were made, of course, using BigBlueButton.  Here are links to the recordings for those who missed the live presentations.

Thanks to everyone who travelled Ottawa!

BigBlueButton 0.9.0

We are pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 0.9.0, our twelfth release to date.

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning.

Screen Shot 2012-03-01 at 8.28.35 AM

Major features of this release include:

  • Improved audio using web real-time communication (WebRTC) support in FireFox and Chrome web browsers
  • Instructors can now choose which segments of the session are recorded using the Start/Stop Record button
  • Users now test their microphone before joining the audio bridge and, if they wish, can join in Listen Only mode

We believe every student with a web browser should have access to a high-quality on-line learning experience.  This release is a significant step towards that goal.

“We at National University College-Online Division are very happy with our change to BigBlueButton. With our previous solution we had over 50 support tickets/month. After switching to BigBlueButton, that number dropped to 6 or 7 tickets/month. With our previous solution we used to get tickets from both students and faculty. But now with BigBlueButton we are only receiving tickets from faculty which demonstrates how user friendly this solution can be for students.” says Mariangie del Valle, Senior Director, Information Technology, National University College-Online.

You’ll find detailed information on this release — including detailed overview, installation instructions, configuration, development instructions, and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) at our new documentation web site http://docs.bigbluebutton.org/.

For short tutorial videos on using BigBlueButton see http://bigbluebutton.org/videos.

The BigBlueButton client is localized in over 30 languages.  This localization effort is done entirely by our community.

We look forward to seeing educational institutions, commercial companies, and the BigBlueButton community at-large build upon this new release to delivery a high-quality on-line learning experience to remote students.

BigBlueButton 0.9.0-RC Released

The BigBlueButton project is extremely pleased to announce the availability of BigBlueButton 0.9.0-RC (release candidate).  The release candidate marks the final stage before general release (expected within a few days).

This will be our twelfth release of BigBlueButton, the open source web conferencing for on-line learning. The project’s goal is to provide remote students a high-quality on-line learning experience.

This release provides a significant improvement in audio quality: for users of Firefox and Chrome, BigBlueButton now uses the browser’s built-in support for sending and receiving audio via web real-time collaboration (WebRTC).  Users who don’t want to share their microphone during a class can can also join in the new Listen Only mode.

Moderators now have a Start/Stop button to control which segments of their class will be recorded (our most requested feature for this release).  Also, moderators can now restrict public and private chat using the Lock Viewers settings, which locks down communications between students when, for example, they must take an on-line test using the school’s learning management system (LMS) during the session. 

This release is the culmination of eleven months of full-time development by the core developers and a further five months of beta testing/updating by developers around the world, commercial companies and the BigBlueButton community at-large.

The project believes that synchronous on-line learning should be easy to accomplish for both instructor and student.  As with each release, we invest significant effort in refining the simplicity and elegance of the user interface.

“We at National University College-Online Division are very happy with our change to BigBlueButton. With our previous solution we had over 50 support tickets/month. After switching to BigBlueButton, that number dropped to 6 or 7 tickets/month. With our previous solution we used to get tickets from both students and faculty. But now with BigBlueButton we are only receiving tickets from faculty which demonstrates how user friendly this solution can be for students.” says Mariangie del Valle, Senior Director, Information Technology, National University College-Online.

BigBlueButton’s adoption has grown amongst major LMS vendors.  Moodle, SakaiCanvas and Schoology all offer native integrations with BigBlueButton, thereby giving their user-base and customers easy access to BigBlueButton’s capabilities from within their systems.  For easy integration with other learning management systems, BigBlueButton is certified by the IMS as learning tools interoperability (LTI) 1.0 compatible (see LTI Integration).

For more information see release notes, overview, architecture, and, if you’d like to setup your own BigBlueButton server at your educational institution, installation steps.