Welcome to the BigBlueButton system of the UDE!
BigBlueButton is a videoconferencing system which is provided to all staff members by the ZIM in cooperation with the CViS.
Setting up new sessions
There are two different ways to set up a new session in BigBlueButton:
- You can create a BigBlueButton session in form of a learning activity in an existing Moodle classroom by using the according interface (link). You do not require further access rights to use BigBlueButton in Moodle if you hold the teacher role in the Moodle classroom.
- You can also use BigBlueButton independently from Moodle on this page: https://bbb.uni-due.de/b. In this case, you require access rights in order to set up new sessions in the first place.
For this purpose, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your university username. Access will be granted to you as soon as possible, i.e. it will be subsequently reported to you by e-mail.
You can find video-based as well as written instructions for participants and presenters on this page: (link).
By using BigBlueButton you can create several digital learning and teaching environments as well as team meetings with up to 200 participants. We advise you to use an inverted classroom approach for your courses including a combination of guided self-study and small units of videoconferencing. Not least because of equal opportunity, we further advise you to use synchronous communication units consciously and only occasionally. This means that if possible, the greater part of the content should be acquired in the process of self-study. During the process of self-study, students can work out digital learning material either alone and/or in small groups (for example via learning videos or exercises/learning activities in Moodle). The purpose of videoconferences is to discuss, to deliberate and to enlarge upon the results, insights and open questions acquired throughout the process of self-study. Thus, a connection between the process of self-study and the videoconferences is formed. You can find further guidance regarding the usage of videoconferences in teaching on this page: (link)
There are several features available in BigBlueButton, which you can use (accordingly to the number of participants) in order to support you students with their collaborative working process and exchange.
- Chat: All participants of the videoconference are free to use a public chat in order to communicate, ask questions or give feedback to each other. There is also the opportunity to use a private chat (direct messaging). You can deactivate this feature, for instance if there is a large number of participant.
- Status messages: By using status messages participants can communicate nonverbally in case they want to say something (status signal feature). Afterwards you can invite the participants to speak in turns.
- Shared notes: In BigBlueButton you can write notes which are visible for all participants and can be developed collaboratively.
- Whiteboard: By using the whiteboard you can visually support your videoconference. For instance, you can use the whiteboard in order to welcome your participants to the sessions and to illustrate your agenda. In addition to this, it is possible to collaboratively (multi user) make a note of discussion arguments or results. You could also use the whiteboard in order to conduct a brainstorming or to test the public opinion (barometer of public opinion).
- Upload presentations: During the videoconference you can upload your materials/slides directly in BigBlueButton (please be careful to convert it beforehand in PDF, as the file size should be as small as possible). If you provide your participants with the role of a presenter, they can also upload materials.
- Screensharing: Content which is not part of the session (e.g. documents or webbrowser tabs) can be presented to your participants by sharing your screen. If you provide your participants with the role of a presenter, they can also share their screen.
- Vote: You can use the feature survey during your videoconference in order to test the participants’ opinions (barometer of public opinion) or to check the learning processes.
- Breakout Rooms: By using breakout rooms, you can divide the participants into smaller groups. Those smaller groups are relocated into separate sessions for a certain amount of time. Students can then talk about the contents of the teaching course, discuss certain aspects or present results.
Protection of data privacy
If you share sensitive data or data which is protected by the copy right in a videoconference, we advise you to use BigBlueButton. It is an inhouse solution of the UDE and is therefore run on the university’s servers. You can find further information on data privacy and videoconferences on this page: (link).
Guidance and further information
You can find further guidance as well as useful pointers regarding the usage of videoconferences in teaching on this page: (link).
Also have a look at the instructions and guidance for BigBlueButton on this page: (link).