Live interpretation using BigBlueButton allows multiple interpreters to interpret in multiple languages. See the FAQ

FAQ

BigBlueButton Video Chat FAQ

BigBlueButton is a Free and Open Source video chat platform. As a chat server, it integrates with other platforms like WordPress and Canvas LMS as well as other software.
Yes, BigBlueButton is encrypted and protects your privacy.
Yes!
You can use the breakout rooms for live Interpretation.

Using simultaneous interpretation across four languages. Interpreters will need headphones.

1. Open/enter a main ‘live room’ as the Admin and create three breakout rooms, one for each of the other three languages.
2. Each interpreter will need to have two browser tabs open - one in the live main room and one in the relevant interpretation breakout room.
3. Turn your microphone OFF in the main room and turn the headphones ON in the main room (source-language room)
4. Turn the microphone ON in the breakout room where participants will hear the interpretation.

* You will not be able to hear the participants in the breakout room, but they can communicate by typing in the Public Chat or Shared Notes tabs. Participants in the breakout rooms can also post Public Chat messages to the main room to ask questions or make comments.

Yes, there is an integrated Whiteboard that allows multiple people to draw and write. This is helpful for Math equations, drawing charts and diagrams as well as fun collaborative art!
There is a Shared Live Notes/Etherpad for interactive editing. The tab is to the left of the presentation window
Yes, the code is freely available on GitHub in the BigBlueButton Project
Yes, Shared Live Notes and Public Chat messages posted before you entered are available upon entry, unless an admin has cleared the pad
Yes, if you are an Admin or have the Presenter role, you can share and play a video that is hosted on Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and a few other sites. More sources are being added as development on BigBlueButton continues.
The Shared Live Notes/Etherpad and Public Chat messages will persist if you reload the browser
Yes, BigBlueButton has integrated Live Polls with Interactive Polling options for voting. You can chose from a list of pre-configured Poll options, or you can create a custom Poll.
Uploaded Presentations, Shared Live Notes/Etherpad and Public Chat messages will persist if you choose “Logout” and the room will be cleared if you “End meeting”
Yes, BBB allows multiple rooms open in multiple tabs. This is how the BreakOut rooms work also. Each BreakOut room you are in will be opened in a new browser tab.
Yes, and if you are the Moderator, you will find the Status selection when you click on any name in the viewer list, even your own name . There are multiple options for Status: ‘Away’, ‘Hand Raised’, ‘Confused’, ‘Happy’, .etc
Yes, You can easily share the Presenter and Moderator roles with multiple people.

To share Moderator and Presenter roles, give people the room admin access code, or click on their name in the list of users on the left and select 'make presenter', or 'make moderator'.
To take the role of Presenter, click on the blue circle with the plus sign below the presentation window and select "Take Presenter".

No, BigBlueButton is Free Software that runs on a server and you will have to find a hosted instance of it if you want to run your own site like CommunityBridge.
To enter a room on the CommunityBridge server, all you need is the link to the room and you can enter and start chatting, there is nothing to download or install. BBB works on your phone or in a browser – no APP. You can download the code from GitHub and install an instance on your own webserver, but you do not need to do this to visit a chatroom. BigBlueButton Project
Yes, you can download the code from GitHub and install an instance on your own webserver. You can give the URL to your server to people to log in and chat - they will not need to download or install anything. It will work on their computer and phone in a browser. BigBlueButton Project
Yes, There are settings for notifications and alerts when someone enters the room, or when someone posts in the Public Chat messages. You will also see their name show up on the left in the list of viewers.
You will see the name of the person talking at the top left of the presentation window.
Yes, you can change the overall font size for the interface in the settings menu, located on the top right of the presentation window, shown as three dots.
Yes, you can change the language for the interface in the settings menu, located on the top right of the presentation window, shown as three dots.
Yes, you can dwnload Shared Notes and the Public Chat or export the text to HTML for use on your website.
FREEDOM – BigBlueButton is Free and Open Source software. It protects your privacy.
Yes, you can create BreakOut Rooms by clicking on the little 'gear' above the list of users on the left. You can assign people to rooms by dragging their names, assign people to random rooms or let people choose a room.
The first person in the list of names inside of the BreakOut room has the Admin privileges and they may share the role with others by clicking on the peron's name in the list of viewers on the left.
If you are logged in as an Admin, you can allow viewers to use the Whiteboard together, select the icon on the Whiteboard toolbar that is under the trash can - When you do this, other viewers will see the toolbar appear on the right side of the presentation window.
Yes, if the room admin has enabled the 'Record' option, you will see a button at the top of the presentation window to start recording. 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 and the Shared Live Notes will also be displayed in the video as a tab so you can toggle between Shared Live Notes and the Public Chat.
The recordings will be saved on the server and will appear in a list of Presentations on the entry page of the chatroom they were recorded in.
People with video cameras turned on will be in the recording and any text in the Public Chat will be shown as part of the recorded presentation. Closed Captions will be displayed in the recording also. The text in the Public Chat will be displayed as part of the recorded presentation and the Shared Live Notes will also be displayed in the video as a tab so you can toggle between Shared Live Notes and the Public Chat.
Yes, you will find Closed Captions by clicking on the little gear above the viewer list on the left. Closed Captions can also be translated into several languages by using the inteface to choose the output language. Translated text will appear in another tab or an EtherPad on the left, above the viewer list.
Yes, if the room Admin has set the room to have the 'Wait for Moderator' option, you can access this feature by clicking on the little gear above the viewer list on the left.
Yes, you can go to the presentation link found on the room entry page and start viewing. Right click on the video to choose the download options.
You can go to the BigBlueButton issue queue and request a feature you would like to see. Be aware of the issue queue ettiquite and be sure to thoroughly search to make sure your suggestion has not already been posted! Also - be sure to add a thumps up on existing requests people have made, if you like them! This helps developers know what people want most. It does not guarantee it will be built. BigBlueButton Issue Queue
Yes, you can click on the blue circle with the plus sign on the lower left of the presentation window to access the Upload Presentation feature. You can upload multiple presentations and the active one will have the green checkmark next to the filename in the list. You can upload documents, slides, images and .PDF files.
Navigate to the room where the recording was made and choose the one you wish to save. Play the recording and right click on it while it is playing. Choose to download and save to your hard drive.