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102 Questions on BigBlueButton: The Definitive Guide (2021)

This is a complete guide to BigBlueButton.
BigBlueButton is the best open-source video conferencing software for online learning. It implements the core web conferencing features you would expect in a commercial system.
In this guide you will learn everything that is there to know about this popular video conferencing tool for online teaching including:

  1. Should I use BigBlueButton
  2. How to install BigBlueButton
  3. How to use BigBlueButton
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Integrations
  6. BigBlueButton vs Zoom

Ask for feedback after a BigBlueButton session

Do you care whether your students liked your online class? Was it useful? Fun? Here is a quick way to ask for users’ feedback at the end of the class.   To enable the user feedback and make it available for later reference, execute the following script:...

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How to disable audio alerts in BigBlueButton?

If you are a regular BigBlueButton administrator, you have received user complaints about audio alerts.  When a user in a session mutes himself, the audio alerts goes: You are muted now. Similarly, when a user unmutes to start speaking, the audio alerts goes: You...

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Change text in BigBlueButton Guest Page

You might have noticed that your students see the standard message – BigBlueButton – Guest Lobby – while waiting on the guest page for the online session to start. Do you want to customize it? Read on.

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How to update Greenlight landing page

Here is a step-by-step process to customize Greenlight, starting from text and images on the landing page to signup page and adding additional tabs in the user account for new features.

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Is BigBlueButton Free | Costs and hosting options

BigBlueButton is Open-source BigBlueButton is an open-source project. So you can download and install BigBlueButton on your server for free of cost. BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of audio, video, slides (with whiteboard controls), chat, and the screen....

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How to customize BigBlueButton recordings?

Do you want to show your logo in the BigBlueButton recording playback instead of the default BigBlueButton logo? Here is a simple way to achieve it. Put your logo on your BigBlueButton server. You can use SFTP to transfer the logo.Go to...

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Migrating safely to BigBlueButton 2.4

You must have heard about the latest release of BigBlueButton 2.4. Sharing our process to safely migrate our BBB servers running 2.2.x or 2.3.x to 2.4. 1. Take Backup # Note down your BBB secret so that you can set the same secret after upgrading to the 2.4 version...

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Log4j in BigBlueButton

Background Log4J Zero day was announced on Fri, Dec 10, as the highest (10.0 CVSS) critical Log4j vulnerability was discovered. The Log4Shell vulnerability was exploited by attackers worldwide, allowing malicious strings to be logged.Apache Log4j is an open-source...

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BigBlueButton: Call timed out error 1006

Problem Recently lots of BigBlueButton administrators have reported Call Timed Out 1006 errors while using BigBlueButton, especially on a Chrome Browser.  If you use the latest version of (96.0.4664.93) to join a BigBlueButton session, then while checking the...

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Six more Reasons to love BigBlueButton!

Today we ran a trial of BigBlueButton 2.4 [alpha 2] and we would love to share our first impression! While you can read the release note, the following are the top six features that we believe will help you conduct better online classes on BigBlueButton: 1) Real-time...

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Simpler Menu Labels

You can customize menu labels in BigBlueButton so that it’s more relevant for your users. Learn this tip in 2 minutes.

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BBB on AWS? Be aware of costs…

We want to share our recent experience of hosting BigBlueButton on AWS. Well, we were interested in AWS for two reasons:  Proximity to users and, hence, lower network latency, and Auto-scaling so that we can turn off the instances when not in use Our client, a school...

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BigBlueButton: How to host more concurrent users?

Are you interested in increasing number of concurrent users that you BigBlueButton server can host?  Here is a simple fix to improve perofrmance of NodeJS by up to 40%, resulting in increase in the nuber of concurrent users that your server can host. #1...

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BigBlueButton: How to secure recordings

With default BBB installation, anyone can share playback recordings of your classes on Facebook or WhatsApp for everyone else to watch. To secure your recordings, you can make it accessible only from a certain domain. For example, allow recordings to be accessed from...

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BigBlueButton: Fix 1007 and 1020 Errors

The most frequent user complains about BigBlueButton are WebRTC issues: 1007 and 1020. I am going to tell you how to fix this complain for good. No more 1007 or 1020! Running the BigBlueButton client requires a wide range of UDP ports to be available for WebRTC...

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Transform Your Online Teaching with BigBlueButton

Revolutionize your virtual classroom with our BigBlueButton SaaS platform. Your brand, your URLs, backed by powerful AI from ChatGPT for quizzes and translations. Affordable, scalable, perfect for your ever-growing student community.