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1: Big Blue Button integration
05/04/11 02:57 AM
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Hi everyone,

For the past two weeks I've been working on the BigBlueButton integration.

As you might know, BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system developed primarily for distance education.

BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using Asterisk or FreeSWITCH, and support for Microsoft Office documents using OpenOffice. see more.

The features of BigBlueButton are far superior than Dimdim, which is now gone after being acquired by another company.

The integration is very straight forward. As a teacher you can use the Web Conferencing activity in the sequence whenever you like. When running with students, you are able to go into Monitor and start the conference either when your students reach the activity or before hand.

Once you started the conference from Monitor, the students are able to join the it.

As monitor, you can share your webcam, desktop, documents, etc, etc with them. And you can also allow them to become presenter (or moderators) too.

Very simple and quite powerful too.

I have added this new tool to our demo server:

So you can test it there.

Any feedback -as usual, is greatly appreciate it.



Posted by Ernie Ghiglione

2: Big Blue Button integration
In response to 1 05/11/11 03:31 AM
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Firefox 4

Demo Group B

If you re-enter to

# Lesson 1 Web Conference Testing

Web Conference Activity

1. Problem with sound. If you click on "Share My Microphone" button it does not work.

2. Playpen - 1. Web Conference (log in as test1)

If you re-enter the sequence later you will receive a message like the image


Posted by Spyros Papadakis

3: Re: Big Blue Button integration
In response to 1 05/11/11 03:35 AM
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If the Monitor has not opened the web conference meeting yet is it possible to have a text-box to write a message to his or her student about "when he plans to open it"?

Posted by Spyros Papadakis

4: Re: Re: Big Blue Button integration
In response to 3 05/11/11 05:32 AM
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Hi Spyros,

You can always use the instructions field for this:

And then it will show like this for learners:

Posted by Ernie Ghiglione

5: Re: Re: Re: Big Blue Button integration
In response to 4 05/11/11 05:46 AM
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Yes, as an author


with Live Edit as a Monitor (you may not know exactly when you write your sequence as an Author)

My question was for this case !

Posted by Spyros Papadakis

6: Re: Re: Re: Re: Big Blue Button integration
In response to 5 05/11/11 05:59 AM
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Ah, right! I see your point.

Perhaps what I can do is put an edit button in the summary page to edit the instructions. Do you think that will do?



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