Activities: BigBlueButtonBN

mod_bigbluebuttonbn
Maintained by Picture of Fred Dixon Fred Dixon, Picture of Jesus Federico Jesus Federico
Integrate BigBlueButton within Moodle - including record and playback of sessions.

BigBlueButtonBN 2.1.7 for Moodle 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2

Note This plugin version is no longer available here in the plugins directory.

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Stuart Mealor
Monday, 10 April 2017, 7:45 AM
Usability
10/10
Accessibility
10/10
Technical
9/10
General comments

Big Blue Button (often written as 'BBB') is an open source (like Moodle) web-conference system.  Although it is free and open source, it provides similar functionality to systems costing many thousands of dollars such as Adobe Connect, Cisco WebEx, and WiZiQ.

This plugin allows Teachers to add BBB conference rooms to courses in just the same way as they might add a Forum or Quiz !  There's almost no learning curve to using the plugin - although of course Teachers, and Students, do need to know how to use BBB once they add it to a course wink

BBB is used in MoodleCloud, for the iMoot, in MoodleBites, and many other examples - and its growing list of features (including a mobile client in development) make it an excellent choice to use alongside Moodle.

Usability

Very easy to use - with excellent documentation and video tutorials available on the BBB site.

Administrators will have quite a bit of work to do to setup a Big Blue Button Server, and then install this integration plugin and configure correctly.  However, for the end user, which is this case is Teachers adding a BBB activity, or Students using a BBB activity, it's fantastic, and works just like any other Activity in Moodle smile

Is it fun, with good graphics ?  Well yes !  IF you need a web-conferenceig system (which can be used for one-to-one or groups).  Sites that use BBB essentially have Moodle - an amazing LMS extended by BBB to feature a full web-conferencing system - with recordings available. That is very cool smile

Accessibility

The accessibility of the plugin itself is covered by Moodle plugin code guidelines, which the plugin follows.

How accessible Big Blue Button itself is would be a different question, and is best answered by reading BBB documentation and Forums.  But in terms of the accessibility of this plugin, within Moodle, there do not appear to be any specific accessibility concerns.

Technical

Obviously I haven't reviewed the code for this !  lol.  That would take some time wink

But we can say that the maintainability of this awesome plugin is likely to be around for as long as Big Blue Button itself is around.  And the integration is part of MoodleCloud services, so both BBB and Moodle HQ have a highly vested interest in ensuring this integration plugin continues to work.

One thing I would note is that it can be a challenging process to initially setup a BBB server. Too many people don't read the instructions carefully.  But in terms of this plugin - integrating with Moodle - it's fantastic !  It just feel like a standard Moodle activity once it's configured - any average Teacher could easily use it smile

BigBlueButtonBN 1.0.4 for Moodle 2.0, 2.1

Note This plugin version is no longer available here in the plugins directory.