BigBlueButton: Secure, Fast, Light, Sweet! Check out the Roadmap to 2.3 Release

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The latest release of the open classroom favorite is here. BigBlueButton 2.2.35 is ready for download or update on your server.

Read the announcement on the bigbluebutton-dev group.

The 2.2 series of the open source technology set a change of pace for the company, headquartered in Ottawa but with a global, remote workforce. Not to be ones resting on their laurels, Blindside Networks, BB’s development house and commercial liaison, looks forward to remain at the edge of what a highly engaging experience over live video should be like. It explains development priorities such as smoother interface, more interactive tools, better-featured API, and security, speed and reliability improvements.

Ready to get started? If you know your way around a bash terminal, bbb-install is the most expedient way to get BigBlueButton in your own server. Other installation routes involve Ansible and step-by-step.

As with recent previous releases of the software, performance recommendations are at hand:

Developers should test BB at test.bigbluebutton.org

Pedagogical UX: Blindside’s Rationale & Roadmap to 2.3

Continuous thought goes into the development roadmap by Fred Dixon and company. A small ship works continuously and holistically on the hard tech and the “pedagogical UX” to create a powerful and reliable solution that plays along with any elearning platform —it offers the best tightly-knit integration with Moodle, of which BigBlueButton it’s a Certified Integration, of any other video conferencing platform— and it its fully responsive on HTML5-ready browsers —mighty, Firefox-like WebRTC support is a plus— on PCs, phones and tablets.

For BigBlueButton 2.3, a number of noticeable features are on the pipeline: A brand new player, improved recording playback, layout customization tools, slide thumbnails, search function, and enhanced engagement features including:

  • Smart Polling
  • Background presentation upload and “Quick-Switch”
  • Better notification options
  • Webcam window drag-and-drop reordering
  • Network quality indicator

BigBlueButton is free and open source software. Visit bigbluebutton.org to learn more and get a trial.

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