BigBlueButton

4.2
Overall rating
Reviews

4.2
Overall rating
Reviews

About BigBlueButton

BigBlueButton is a web conferencing software designed to help schools and teachers share learning content with students across remote locations. Key features include an interactive whiteboard, polling, emojis, session recording, real-time broadcasting, screen sharing, virtual classrooms and breakout rooms. Teaching professionals using BigBlueButton can share slides, video, audio, chat and desktop with students. Built-in polling and lecture recording functionalities allow teachers to increase student engagement. Teams can use the live whiteboard to create annotations on screens that can be viewed by participants in real-time. BigBlueButton's API facilitates integration with various third-party applications, such as Atutor, Canvas, Drupal, Moodle, RedMine, WordPress and more. Support is extended via documentation and FAQs.
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BigBlueButton pricing

BigBlueButton has a free version.

Starting Price:
Not provided by vendor
Free Version:
Yes
Free trial:
No

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BigBlueButton Reviews for UK Users

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.3
Functionality
4.2
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Support
3.7
5 reviews of 64 View all reviews
Rubangakene
Rubangakene
  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
0
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 07/06/2022

Perfect tool for video Conferencing and Online Discussions

Throughout my experiences using BigBlueButton i noticed the software works best with computers of RAM starting from 4GB anything below tends to slow down the video real time signal and it freeze

Pros

The best thing I like about BigBlueButton is its integration with the Learning Management Systems. This saves a lot of time and effort since all the necessary tools are available to aid learning sessions. Another thing is also it's customization for example choosing own colors and designs for the online classroom, enabling or disabling features based on your demands

Cons

I think have no issue with BigBlueButton and still hoping to discover more interesting features

Verified Reviewer
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

5
Reviewed on 15/10/2022

Bigbluebutton, Is it worth?

I have integrated Bigbluebutton for many reputed IT companies in our country and in overall it was very good customer satisfaction than other most expensive products.Hence this is open source and can be customized per companies like their own platform.Also, it was really easy to use and they had only a good experience with this.

Pros

With compare of the other products,such as zoom,google meet; Bigbluebutton is free and open source software with same as payable product features. Also with compare of the other open source products like jitsi, Bigbluebutton has most reliable and feature base product for me.

Cons

As of this product has limitations of the users per meeting in a sessions. As compare with the zoom, this has limitations per session with more than 250+ users. Currently this limitation improved with using mediasoup , but it need more improvement of this limitations per session with lots of users with video and audio on per session.
Also it's better to have the remote desktop feature for this product.

Alternatives Considered

Jitsi , Zoom Workplace and Google Meet

Reasons for Choosing BigBlueButton

limitations of the users per session.

Switched From

Jitsi

Reasons for Switching to BigBlueButton

I have choose this bigblueutton , because other products are expensive and some of them had session limitations
Islam
Islam
  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
3
Features
4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
3

3
Reviewed on 26/10/2020

good software ... but!

overall bbb is good software to manage video conference if develop process continue as it is maybe in 3 years we will have golden product

Pros

bbb is very easy to set , implement and lunch and has very simple view help anyone to manage it , beside it is large community and devloping proccess

Cons

i think the position of developing cycle is wrong i mean bbb need more develop for customer and end user who is not technical i mean for all our teacher how hard it was to manage and customize and that is first;
second bbb has weak error view system for example sometimes internet connection is too bad for sharing and bbb loading for ever it will be greate to show error msg "hi your connection is bad" that so simple but i think end user ( no technical user ) is not calculated here.

Alternatives Considered

Zoom Events and Webinars and Google Meet

Reasons for Switching to BigBlueButton

bbb is so simple to record and store videos which is not same in other products
Marc
  • Industry: Research
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 26/05/2022

Like black coffee: Plain and it always works!

Overall, BigBlueButton is spotless and covers the standard use cases for online meeting and online teaching. I would choose BigBlueButton over any alternative product because of its simplicity in use and service delivery.

Pros

BigBlueButton has become a daily companion for me.

It is nothing more and nothing less than a simple service for online communication, without attracting attention with desktop applications or data integrity concerns.

In the field of academic work, where it is also important that meetings between researchers can be realized worldwide and quickly, BigBlueButton is simple and highly functional.
BigBlueButton is simple and to the point in its basic functionality.

What makes BigBlueButton particularly elegant is that it can be installed on your own infra structures via Docker and scaled according to capacity.

Especially in the field of online teaching and research, it is particularly appealing that BigBlueButton can be used on one's own systems without sharing information with third parties.

Cons

It is often noticeable that BigBlueButton has problems with audio connection. Especially if the browsers used are not Chrome, Firefox or the InternetExplorer it can be that BigBlueButton does not allow a connection to headphones. Often this can cause delays in meetings.

Alternatives Considered

Webex Suite , Zoom Workplace and Skype

Switched From

Zoom Workplace and Skype

Reasons for Switching to BigBlueButton

Compared to Skype and Zoom, BigBlueButton is easy to use from the browser and provides basic functionality that still works and does not bulk up the product. Likewise, users who host BigBlueButton on their own systems have the ability to have full control over data integrity. Compared to Skype and Zoom, which are annoying desktop applications, BigBlueButton does not look like a data sink, but like a tool that provides the most necessary functions. Nothing more and nothing less.
Brian
  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 27/03/2022

Very solid choice

We are a nonprofit, and these folks make life easier. They are great to work with and very responsive. Not a common experience with previous vendors we've used.

Pros

We've been very happy with this product. The Moodle integration is critical for us, and it is solid. It will soon be packaged with Moodle itself, which should only serve to make it even better in the future. The interface is simple enough for anyone to familiarize with it and it checks off the majority of our boxes.

Cons

I think slide navigation could be better. And currently, hyperlinks don't work on slides. These are things that used to be features on their old client versions before rewriting to remove Flash. So I'm hopeful they'll return at some point.

Alternatives Considered

WizIQ LMS and Adobe Connect

Reasons for Choosing BigBlueButton

Adobe and their licensing scheme make it really hard to do your job, unless you're willing to throw insane amounts of money at them.

Switched From

Adobe Connect

Reasons for Switching to BigBlueButton

Friendly licensing, better pricing, great service, LMS integration, friendly interface.

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