BigBlueButton is the leading open source virtual classroom solution.
Catalyst has partnered with Blindside Networks to provide our customers with BigBlueButton. Blindside Networks is the company responsible for developing BigBlueButton; our partnership enables us to integrate the service with your learning system via a plugin, as well as provide New Zealand-based support. BigBlueButton's virtual classrooms are perfect for running optimal remote training and educational sessions. You do not need to download any additional software as BigBlueButton works in your browser.
Features that support online learning include:
- Collaborative whiteboarding
- Ability to upload presentations
- In-system note-taking
- Group and private chat
- Ability to record sessions which automatically appear as links in the Moodle/Totara course
- Session management within your LMS
- Session analytics including poll data
- Closed captions for accessibility
- WCAG 2.0 aligned
This solution is a game-changer for online learning. Get in touch for a live demo and to discuss how BigBlueButton can advance your online learning.
Catalyst's BigBlueButton services
BigBlueButton follows the mobile-first design and runs on iOS version 12.2+ and Android version 6.0+.
There is no hard limit, but we recommend up to 100 concurrent users subject to the bandwidth of your network.
Multiple live sessions
You can run as many sessions as you need simultaneously. BigBlueButton is billed on a per concurrent session basis. This means, if you pay for one concurrent session, you can have any number of sessions throughout the day, but only one at a time (e.g. 1:00 - 2:00, 2:00 - 3:00, etc). If you need two concurrent sessions (e.g. 1:00 - 2:00 and 1:30 - 2:30), you will need to buy an additional concurrent session.
Supported on major browsers
BigBlueButton uses WebRTC technology. WebRTC is a standard supported by major browsers, including Chrome, FireFox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Safari Mobile.
Hosting is provided by Blindside Networks' cloud platform which has locations in Australia, Europe and USA. For New Zealand-based clients, Australia is likely to be the preferred hosting location.
We can also set up your own private instance on New Zealand-domiciled Catalyst Cloud.
BigBlueButton has all the features of a web conferencing system with the added benefit of being more secure than proprietary alternatives, and the peace of mind that your users retain ownership of their data. Audio and video has been reported as being better quality too! Learn more about BBB as a web conferencing tool.
On BBB you can record your sessions and download these at any time from the Moodle or Totara course page. Upon termination, all recordings can be provided to you on request.
Training and support services
As part of sign up, we provide you with a 1 hour live training session for your support staff and instructors. Ongoing support is provided via your Moodle or Totara support package, so you will need one of these in place to use the service.