Blindside Networks announces the availability of the BigBlueButton Activity Modules for Moodle 1.9 and for Moodle 2.0. BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education.
We're looking for your help to test these modules and give us feedback.
These two modules make it very easy for a teacher to define and join BigBlueButton virtual classrooms from within Moodle 1.9 or 2.0.
Using the activity module, a teacher can:
1. Add a BigBlueButton activity link to a class
2. Specify a name for the virtual classroom
3. Specify whether students must wait until a moderator joins the virtual classroom
We wanted to make it very simple to use. When clicking on the activity link, students are automatically joined as viewers, while other users within Moodle (teachers, administrator, etc.) are joined as moderator.
The activity module allows users to see the active BigBlueButton rooms, showing a list of all the current users in each virtual classroom. The activity module provides teachers the ability to 'end' a session, which ends the virtual class on the BigBlueButton server.
We’ve created two videos to show how the activity modules work.
For Moodle 1.9+: http://blindsidenetworks.com/video/moodle19/index.html
For Moodle 2.0: http://blindsidenetworks.com/video/moodle20/index.html
We also encourage you to check out the other Moodle 1.9 module developed by Dual Code. Click here for more information.
Blindside Networks started the BigBlueButton open source project in 2007 to enable universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. We work with a world-wide team of developers to plan, develop, test, and package each BigBlueButton release to the open source community.
For more information on BigBlueButton (such as how to setup your own BigBlueButton server) see http://bigbluebutton.org/.
Regards,... Fred Dixon