BigBlueButton

Open source web conferencing system for online learning

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BigBlueButton Overview

What is BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton is an open-source web collaboration software utilized by education organizations for e-learning and training. The software offers numerous options for customization and integration as per requirements of the users.
BigBlueButton enables users to conduct web-conferencing and share documents, audio and video files for online learning. The software’s “whiteboard” feature allows presenters to mark valuable topics in the presentation. In addition, its “polling” feature engages learners and helps the presenter to receive feedback. BigBlueButton’s “desktop sharing” feature extends beyonds slides and allows moderators to share their screen with the audience enabling a better understanding of topics.
BigBlueButton supports multiple users in a video conference with no cap on numbers of active webcams. The software also supports voice conferencing via Voice Over IP (VOIP) without additional hardware requirements.

BigBlueButton Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

Free Trial
Open Source
Value for money

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BigBlueButton Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

BigBlueButton - Presenter Overview
BigBlueButton - Web Conferencing
Users can share screens with BigBlueButton's desktop sharing feature
BigBlueButton - Webinar
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BigBlueButton Reviews

BigBlueButton Reviews

Overall rating
3,8
/
5
Excellent
8

Very good
13

Average
4

Poor
3

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,1
Features
3,9
Ease of Use
3,9
Customer Support
3
72% recommended this app
April S.

Quick and Easy Set Up for Conferences

I would recommend this product to others looking to set up conferences with students.


Lady margrett C.

Bigbluebutton knows what an educator needs.

I have tried using all the different types of platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams), nothing compares to the ease of use with BigBlueButton. It's just sad that most people don't know about it or are afraid to use it.


Lucy S.

use zoom instead


Sergio O.

All schools and universities should be using it!


Eduardo L.

My review of Big Blue Button

It has been quite positive. I have used it regularly during lockdown when it was impossible to teach face to face at school.


April S.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Quick and Easy Set Up for Conferences

Used Monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/02/07
Review Source: Capterra

I would recommend this product to others looking to set up conferences with students.

Pros

This software is great for tutoring sessions with my online students and it can be launched inside of the LMS we are using for our courses.

Cons

The recorded sessions are only available for 14 days.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Lady margrett C.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Bigbluebutton knows what an educator needs.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/09/11
Review Source: Capterra

I have tried using all the different types of platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams), nothing compares to the ease of use with BigBlueButton. It's just sad that most people don't know about it or are afraid to use it.

Pros

You can see comments, presentation, and the people at the same time. Further, there are polls and break-out rooms. It could even be accessed in both iOS and Android mobile phones and devices.

Cons

Break-out room is limited to 10 groups only.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Lucy S.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

use zoom instead

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/04/01
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

It was hard for me to use it as a student I missed 9 of my classes in virtual school using this. When my teacher uses zoom it works perfectly and this works horribly.I keeps signing me out automatically and says meeting has not started when it has like 31 minutes ago. It is horrible and barely lets me enter the meeting and so does it with my other classmates.

Cons

It was hard for me to use it as a student I missed 9 of my classes in virtual school using this. When my teacher uses zoom it works perfectly and this works horribly.I keeps signing me out automatically and says meeting has not started when it has like 31 minutes ago. It is horrible and barely lets me enter the meeting and so does it with my other classmates.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Sergio O.
Industry: International Trade & Development
Company size: 2-10 Employees

All schools and universities should be using it!

Used Monthly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/06/26
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

This is the prove that open source software can be better than paid software. It's the one tool for education. You have shared board, real-time survey and more.

Cons

The servers are a bit expensive if you want to run it 24/7. The shared board could have option to just let one student write on it. Also, the teacher should have the option to mute the alumni.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Eduardo L.
Industry: Primary/Secondary Education
Company size: 51-200 Employees

My review of Big Blue Button

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/05/12
Review Source: Capterra

It has been quite positive. I have used it regularly during lockdown when it was impossible to teach face to face at school.

Pros

The ease with which I can handle a Synchronous Virtual Classroom meeting: Uploading Files, Sharing my screen and all the other functionalities enable me to carry out this aspect of Distance Teaching without problems.

Cons

Unless I am mistaken, I cannot upload more than one file. If I upload toe, the first one gets erased.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
7,5/10
Based on 29 user ratings
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BigBlueButton Pricing

BigBlueButton Pricing

Starting from
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Free Trial
Open Source
Value for money

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Value for Money
4,1/5
Based on 29 user ratings
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BigBlueButton Features

BigBlueButton Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Call Monitoring
Call Recording
Call Routing
Call Transfer
Caller ID
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Communication Management
Conferencing
Contact Management
Customizable Branding
Instant Messaging
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Video Conferencing
Voice Mail
Features
3,9/5
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Additional information for BigBlueButton

Additional information for BigBlueButton

Benefits

BigBlueButton is an open-source software, so no capital expenditure is incurred on its deployment. Additionally, developers can customize its full source API and integrate it with IMS Learning Tools.
BigBlueButton assists in online learning via web-conferencing. Users can share documents, audio and video files for collaboration.
Presenters can showcase any PDF or Microsoft Office document and annotate important topics with BigBlueButton’s whiteboard feature.
Learners can interact with professors or fellow students via a private or public chat.
BigBlueButton allows users to record webinars and lectures for later playback for better understanding.
Other useful features of BigBlueButton are desktop sharing, polling, WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) audio, and voice conferencing.

BigBlueButton FAQs

BigBlueButton FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for BigBlueButton.

Q. What type of pricing plans does BigBlueButton offer?

BigBlueButton offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

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Q. What are the main features of BigBlueButton?

We do not have any information about BigBlueButton features

Q. Who are the typical users of BigBlueButton?

BigBlueButton has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does BigBlueButton support?

BigBlueButton supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does BigBlueButton offer?

BigBlueButton has the following pricing plans:

Open Source

Q. Does BigBlueButton support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices BigBlueButton supports

Q. What other apps does BigBlueButton integrate with?

BigBlueButton integrates with the following applications:

Academy Of Mine, Courseplay, Docebo, ScholarLMS, ShareKnowledge, SkyPrep, SmartClass, TalentLMS, Tovuti, eFront

Q. What level of support does BigBlueButton offer?

BigBlueButton offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials