Big Blue Button

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Famous for being an open source video conferencing/webinar tool aimed at educators, Big Blue Button makes it easy to schedule and host a live session with your students. There’s also support for recording sessions as well as splitting your class up into breakout groups for more focused discussion.

There’s some good guidance from the university on how to get going with BBB in the remote teaching Moodle pages.

Firewall Status: Safe  – This tool is likely to work for learners in countries with more restrictive firewalls.

Privacy notice for recording sessions

 Please ensure students are aware the session is to be recorded, and that they have the option to ‘opt out’ and turn off their cameras if they wish. Please also refer students to our privacy notice, which can be found here.

The IGU have highlighted the specific part of this notice that is relevant to the recording of sessions:

As part of our efforts to keep our campuses and other sites safe and secure, enabling us to operate CCTV, body cams and audio and visual recordings of lectures and seminars.

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