Frequently Asked Questions

BigBlueButton: Creating a Meeting
Last Updated 2 years ago

BigBlueButton is a live classroom environment integrated into BeaconLearning. It also has the capability to record sessions for later viewing.

Setting up the Virtual Classroom
  1. Access your course in BeaconLearning
  2. Turn Editing On
  3. Click Add an Activity or Resource
  4. Choose BigBlueButtonBN and click Add
  5. Give your virtual classroom a name. "Week 1 Lecture," for example.
  6. Optional:
    1. add a welcome message for your participants
    2. schedule for when students can join the session
      1. It's fine to leave this unscheduled, so you and your participants can join whenever they are ready to test their connection.
  7. By default, you will be able to record your session
  8. Click Save and Return to Course (unless you're ready to check out your virtual classroom right now, then click Save and Display)
Controlling the Virtual Classroom
  1. You can share your desktop, audio, webcam and start the recording
  2. Current participants are listed
  3. You can also mute participants, if needed. Clicking on the gear gives you control to mute all students.
  4. You may upload an office document (typically PowerPoint) or PDF. PowerPoint transitions are NOT supported. (Think of each slide as an image or PDF.)
  5. There is a chat window visible to all attendees - keep in mind the needs of your participants. Do they need written/visual responses instead of auditory ones?
In the current version of BBB, you do not need to add the RecordingsBN. You can view your recorded sessions in the same activity where you had your BBB - you can even edit the title of your recording easily.

(Updated April 29, 2019 for Moodle 3.5)
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