In this module, we will review the BigBlueButton, the video conferencing software integrated into Canvas.
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To access BigBlueButton, click the BigBlueButton icon in the Course Navigation Menu.
The page below will load. To create a conference, click the +Conference button.
If you have already created a Conference, you can begin the conference by clicking the Start button to the right of its title.
When scheduling a conference using the +Conference button, a pop up window appears for you to enter the details of the conference. You can enter a title, enable recording, add a description, invite all the course members, or select who will attend.
When you've entered all relevant details, click update to create the conference.
Please Note: If you do not select "Enable recording for this conference" now, you will not be able to record it.
To join an ongoing conference, click the BigBlueButton icon in the Course Navigation Menu. Then click the Start button next to the conference you wish to Start, if you have already created it. There will be a Join button if the conference has already started.
After clicking the "Start" or "Join" buttons, you'll need to ensure your audio settings are correct. A prompt will appear on the screen asking how you'd like to join audio.
When joining the audio, there are three options:
If you select Microphone from the options, a private echo test will be performed where you'll be asked to speak a few words, then confirm that you could hear the audio. Select Yes to join the conference, or No if additional troubleshooting is needed.
After starting a BigblueButton Conference, you'll see the conference in the interface displayed below.