BigBlueButton has all the core features you would expect in a web conferencing system.
Unlike generic web conferencing systems, BigBlueButton is designed for online learning; it extends these core features to enable a teacher to engage students in virtual office hours, group collaboration, and full online classes.
For example, a tutor can engage students using the multi-user whiteboard to help a student with solving a difficult math problem.
Here's a list of the features below:
Share your media
- Audio - built-in and dial-in numbers (in some regions)
- Video - low, medium, and high resolution
- Screen sharing
Share your content
- Chat (public/private)
- Upload slides (any PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, or Excel)
Tools for student engagement
BigBlueButton provides specific capabilities for you to engage your students for online learning.
- Whiteboard annotation
- Multi-user whiteboard
- Breakout rooms
- Shared notes
- Raise hand
- Share external video
With the exception of shared videos, all content you record in an online class is captured in the recording for later playback.
BigBlueButton has built-in integrations with all the major learning management systems (LMS), including Canvas, Jenzabar, Moodle, Sakai, and Schoology. It also supports Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 for integration with other LMS systems (such as Blackboard and D2L).
- JAWS screen reader
- Live Closed Captioning (with stenographer)
BigBlueButton client is pure HTML5 and runs on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices using iOS 12.2+ and Android 6.0+.