Big Blue Button
BigBlueButton is an open source virtual classroom and web conferencing application. Integrated directly in Moodle as an activity, BigBlueButton is the ideal platform to deliver high quality learning to remote students.
BigBlueButton allows you to:
- Deliver lectures and presentations virtually
- Record and playback virtual sessions
- Communicate using audio (all you need is a microphone and speakers)
- Communicate via the built-in chat facility
- Share multiple presentations and documents
- Annotate and highlight key areas of documents that are being shared
- Share webcams to see who you are interacting with
- Share your desktop
Big Blue Button Resources
The BigBlueButton website includes a frequently asked questions section.
Technology Enhanced Learning Quality Framework
Below are some examples of how BigBlueButton can be used in conjunction with the 3E element of the TEL Quality Framework:
Adopting technology in simple and effective ways to actively support students and increase their activity and self-responsibility.
Make recordings of virtual classroom sessions available to all students (see Extend).
Further use of technology that facilitates key aspects of students’ individual and collaborative learning and assessment through increasing their choice and control.
Schedule live virtual classroom sessions with students around key topics - assessment and feedback, for example. These sessions could be student-led, where they are asked to bring along specific questions to ask to the group.
Developed use of technology that requires higher order individual and collaborative learning that reflect how knowledge is created and used in professional environments.
Have students suggest and vote on themes for virtual classroom sessions. Students are tasked with facilitating of the online sessions.