BigBlueButton Features

Agaric is hosting BigBlueButton video chat servers. BigBlueButton has most of the features of Zoom, plus some outstanding things like a shared whiteboard and shared notes. Hosts can START the Conference. Visitors will have access to a conference when you send them an email, with a link to your chatroom.

Here are some short videos that give a really good overview of how to use the tools available in BigBlueButton.  Or you can book an appointment for a short tour of all the administrative features of BigBlueButton!

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BigBlueButton Documentation

Links below will take you to the BigBlueButton support pages provided by BlindsideNetworks. Use the back button in your browser to return to




More BigBlueButton Tips:

To encourage engagement in BigBlueButton, you can let attendees know that they can set their own status and raise their hand by clicking on their own name in the list of participants on the left and selecting “Set Status”.

The moderator can see in the list of people, participants that have set their own status to happy or confused or if they have a hand raised etc.

A moderator can click on their own name in the list on the left and see “Options” to ‘reset’ or clear statuses and then ask people to raise hand to interact with you on the next topic.

Moderators can also click on the three dots on the top right-hand of the screen and choose ‘settings’ for more room options. When there is no presentation open, everyone should be able to see all webcams on the screen. When the presentation is open, the webcams appear at the top of the chat window and you can resize them or move them by dragging them to the position you prefer.

Everyone should be able to resize the presentation or a webcam independently by dragging it larger or smaller.

Recording a Conference:

When you start a Conference, you can start recording and it will continue until everyone leaves the room, or until you pause it. There is no Stop button, just pause. The recordings will be saved and will appear in a list of Presentations on the entry page of the chatroom. The text in the Public chat will be displayed as part of the recorded presentation, the shared notes will not. It is best to have uploaded a presentation as part of your session if you record. A presentation can be a slide deck or an image or a .PDF file. If you do not upload a presentation, there will be a blank area in the recording. Do a few tests to see how a recording looks before your event.

Ending a Conference:

If you are the Administrator, and you exit the room by clicking on “Logout”, the recording will be paused and the notes and public chat will remain until you enter the room again. You can click on “End Conference” to end the meeting for everyone. At this time the recording will be processed and posted. The processing time is relative to the length of the meeting and longer meetings will take longer for processing the video.

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