BigBlueButton is a self-hosted virtual classroom management solution. It has all features set to enrich remote interactive education and increase teachers-students engagements.
Although, we have listed BigBlueButton as an amazing video conferencing tool in our article, It fits under education categories as a virtual classroom management system.
BigBlueButton is featuring an innovative simple user-interface with enhanced user-experience, which guarantees no hustle in mastering it or time waste learning its hidden tricks. It's easy to find what you are looking for in a clean user-friendly system. Here is a list of its basic features:
• User management
• Classroom management
• Breakout room
• Supports attachment
• Audio support
Creating a virtual classroom with full control of the instructor/ teacher is the main feature here; as the teacher creates the classroom he can add students easily, stream webcam view, sharing presentations and videos with the class or even share a collaborative whiteboard that split layers between users.
This rich educational experiment is also accompanied by an interactive polls system for the students, the teacher can provide an on-the-fly quiz/ polls for the students.
A list of all of the collaboration features:
BigBlueButton is a standalone product, as it can be used alone to help teachers engage and enrich the educational experience for their students. It also can integrate with many applications and platforms especially many popular learning management systems (LMS) and school management systems, here is a list of integration-ready systems:
It also integrates well with many Wiki systems and CMS "Content Management Systems" like:
The project developers have created a simple yet powerful application programming interface (API), allowing developers to integrate BigBlueButton to their application and extend it. They also created comprehensive documentation aiming to help developers to install, configure, and understand the system to customize it for their needs, in short here why BigBlueButton is developer-friendly system:
BigBlueButton is a production-ready virtual classroom manager with amazing usable features to ensure the rich educational experience for the student and productive teaching experience for the teachers. It has a dedicated team of developers who are keeping it in a production-ready state which ensure its stability. It forms a small but yet great community of its users and experienced developers which support the new users installing, configuring and using the system. However, core developers also provide commercial support on-demand.
If you are a teacher and you are looking to build an interactive powerful virtual classroom for your remote education with in-house privacy-oriented self-managed system, we would recommend giving BigBlueButton a try.
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