BigBlueButton, eponym for the popular web conferencing plugin for Moodle, is launching GreenLight. A simple meeting interface based on BigBlueButton that does not require Moodle, but it does need a server where to install it.
A demonstration in demo.bigbluebutton.org shows how simple it is to create a virtual room. All it takes is to add a name for it, and click “Start”. It automatically creates a room with a link that can be shared or emailed. Guests only have to click on “Join” after they open the link, to join the meeting.
A favorite BigBlueButton feature is the simple way it can record the conferences. GreenLight makes it possible by signing up. It allows authentication using a Google or Twitter account. Only the moderator can record. They can set breaking points in the recording to segment the video. When the recording is complete, GreenLight stores it on a private (“Unlisted”) location on your server. When unlisted, only users with a link can access it. The moderator can change the privacy to “Public”, to see the recording from the meeting room link, or “Unlisted” to prevent all access. Recordings can be deleted at any time.
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