2.4.0 / 20 December 2021
|Type||Collaborative software, Web conferencing|
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BigBlueButton is an open source (except for some versions of its database software) web conferencing system designed for online learning. BigBlueButton is a tool that helps instructors access Learning Management Systems, engagement tools, and analytics.
In 2007 the project was started at Carleton University by the Technology Innovation Management program. The first version was written by Richard Alam (it was initially called the Blindside project) under the supervision of Tony Bailetti. BigBlueButton is an affiliate member of the Open Source Initiative. The BigBlueButton name comes from the initial concept that starting a web conference should be as simple as pressing a metaphorical big blue button.
In 2009 Richard Alam, Denis Zgonjanin, and Fred Dixon uploaded the BigBlueButton source code to Google Code and formed Blindside Networks, a company pursuing the traditional open source business model of providing paid support and services to the BigBlueButton community.
In 2010 the core developers added a whiteboard for annotating the uploaded presentation. Jeremy Thomerson added an application programming interface (API) which the BigBlueButton community subsequently used to integrate with Sakai,  WordPress, Moodle 1.9, Moodle 2.0, Joomla, Redmine, Drupal, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, Foswiki, and LAMS. Google accepted BigBlueButton into the 2010 Google Summer of Code program. To encourage contributions from others, the core developers moved the source code from Google Code to GitHub. The project indicated its intent to create an independent, not-for-profit BigBlueButton Foundation to oversee future development.
In 2011, the core developers announced they were adding record and playback capabilities to BigBlueButton 0.80.
In 2020, the project released BigBlueButton 2.2, a full rewrite of the client and server to support HTML5.
In March 2020, BigBlueButton 2.2 was awarded by the President of the ENTD, Pasquale Aiello, as the best web conferencing system and used in the project UNIOPEN approved by the European Commission for Digital Skills and Job Coalition action plan.
In 2021, version 2.3 was released. BigBlueButton continued to depended on MongoDB, which became proprietary in version 3.6 and later, released in 2018. BigBlueButton 2.3 is the first which recommends using a proprietary MongoDB version, but remains compatible with the free software 3.4 MongoDB.
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.4||12 June 2009|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.5||21 July 2009|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.60||12 August 2009|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.70||15 July 2010|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.8-beta1||12 September 2011|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 0.90-beta||15 October 2014|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 1.0-beta||6 October 2015|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 1.1||25 May 2017|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 2.2||11 March 2020|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 2.3||30 April 2021|
|Older version, yet still maintained: 2.4||20 December 2021|
|Current stable version: 2.5||09 June 2022|
The platform allows for audio, webcams, slide, and screen sharing between participants. The platform allows the instructors to use multi-user whiteboard, breakout rooms, chat (public and private), polling, shared notes, random user selector, and emojis.
The latest version 2.4 provides the instructor a live dashboard of student attendance, engagement, and learning, which is based on responses to polls. The analytics track:
- Who is in my class (and for how long)?
- Who is participating?
- Who is learning?
As a web page application, BigBlueButton front-end uses React and the backend uses MongoDB and Node.js. It also uses Redis to maintain an internal list of its meetings, attendees, and any other relevant information.
Adoption among non-profits
In 2020, BBB has been adopted by many FLOSS focused non-profits including Wikimedia Australia, Constant vzw and new FLOSS focused coops like Catalan's The Online Meeting Cooperative. In France it is recommended since May 2020 by the Digital Interministry Direction defining the state's information and communication systems.
Third party integrations
- Canvas (Learning Management System)
- Chamilo (Learning Management System)
- DoceboLMS (Saas/Cloud Learning Management System)
- Drupal (Content Management System)
- ILIAS (Learning Management System)
- Moodle (Learning Management System)
- Mattermost (Web-based chat service)
- Nextcloud (Open Source cloud solution)
- OpenOLAT (Learning Management System)
- Sakai Project (Learning Management System)
- Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (Content Management System)
- Qwerteach (Saas / Tutoring platform)
- WordPress (Content Management System)
- KampüsProject (Learning Management System)
- CollaboratorLMS (Learning Management System)
- Collaborative software
- Web conferencing
- Comparison of web conferencing software
- Wikiversity:Video conferencing
- BigBlueButton Foundation
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- BigBlueButton 0.9.0-beta now available.
- BigBlueButton 1.0-beta Released.
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