Open Source web conferencing software BigBlueButton v0.9.0 released!

 

I am very excited to see v0.9.0 released even though I have been running and testing it for many months now. Now that it supports running on current versions of Ubuntu and has an HTML5 client in the works this has developed into a powerful teaching resource. It even claims to be able to support 50 attendees in a room! My experience with using the Moodle plugin has been flawless with easy access to recordings.

We are pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButton 0.9.0, our twelfth release to date.  BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning.

Major features of this release include:

  • Improved audio using web real-time communication (WebRTC) support in FireFox and Chrome web browsers
  • Instructors can now choose which segments of the session are recorded using the Start/Stop Record button
  • Users now test their microphone before joining the audio bridge and have a new Listen Only mode

We believe every student with a web browser should have access to a high-quality on-line learning experience.  This release is a significant step towards that goal.

“We at National University College-Online Division are very happy with our change to BigBlueButton. With our previous solution we had over 50 support tickets/month. After switching to BigBlueButton, that number dropped to 6 or 7 tickets/month. With our previous solution we used to get tickets from both students and faculty. But now with BigBlueButton we are only receiving tickets from faculty which demonstrates how user friendly this solution can be for students.” says Mariangie del Valle, Senior Director, Information Technology, National University College-Online.