Moodle

BigBlueButton Moodle Activity Modules

These Moodle activity modules were developed by Blindside Networks to enable you to provide students a real-time synchronous teaching and learning environment from within the Moodle interface. If you have feedback on these modules, please send us your comments at feedback.

BigBlueButtonBN Moodle 2.x Activity Module

The above video refers to Moodle 2.0/2.1, but the module is tested and works with Moodle 2.2 (and beyond).

The BigBlueButtonBN Moodle 2.x Activity Module provides you full access to BigBlueButton’s capabilities from within your Moodle interface. Specifically, you can:

  • Create links for multiple virtual classroom within a course
  • Restrict students from entering the virtual classroom until a teacher joins
  • Create custom welcome messages
  • Schedule classes in the Moodle Calendar
  • Launch BigBlueButton in its own window
  • Record and playback your lectures (requires BigBlueButton 0.8 or above)
How to install and use this module.

Here are step-by-step install instructions to install the module (they assume your Moodle is installed at /var/www/moodle).

1. Copy bigbluebutton_blindsidenetworks_activity_module_2x.zip to /var/www/moodle

2. Enter the following commands

   cd /var/www/moodle
   sudo unzip bigbluebutton_blindsidenetworks_activity_module_2x.zip

This will create the directory

./mod/bigbluebuttonbn

and

./mod/recordingsbn

3. Login to your moodle site as administrator. Moodle will detect the new module and prompt you to upgrade.

4. Click the ‘Upgrade button.

You’ll see the database tables setup.

5. Click the ‘Continue’ button.

You’ll be prompted to configure the activity module.

6. Enter the URL and salt (Shared Secret) to your BigBlueButton server (or use the default values).

7. Click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

At this point, you can enter any course, turn editing on and add a BigBlueButtonBN activity link to the class.

When a user clicks on the link, the activity module will use the BigBlueButton API (and the security salt) to create a virtual classroom on the BigBlueButton server and join users into that classroom. Students join as viewers, other Moodle users (such as administrators and teachers) join as moderators.

Click the video link above to see a tutorial on how to use this module.

BigBlueButtonBN Moodle 1.9 Activity Module

The BigBlueButtonBN Moodle 1.9 Activity Module enables you to embed access to BigBlueButton server within your Moodle classes. Specifically, you can:

  • Create links for multiple virtual classroom within a course
  • Restrict students from entering the virtual classroom until a teacher joins

These following step-by-step install instructions assume your Moodle 1.9+ server is installed at /var/www/moodle.

1. Copy bbb_activity_module_moodle19.zip to /var/www/moodle

2. Enter the following commands

   cd /var/www/moodle
   sudo unzip bbb_activity_module_moodle19.zip

This will create the directory

   ./mod/bigbluebuttonbn

and install the language file in

   ./lang/en_utf8/bigbluebuttonbn.php

3. Login to your moodle site as administrator

4. Click notifications.

You’ll see the database tables setup.

5. Click the ‘Continue’ button.

You’ll be prompted to configure the settings for the activity module.

6. Enter the URL and salt (Shared Secret) to your BigBlueButton server (or use the default values).

7. Click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

At this point, you can enter any course, turn editing on, and add a BigBlueButton activity link to the class.

When a user clicks on the link, the activity module will use the BigBlueButton API to create a virtual classroom on the BigBlueButton server and join the user into that classroom. Students join as viewers, other Moodle users (such as administrators and teachers) join as moderators.

BigBlueButton and the BigBlueButton logo are trademarks of BigBlueButton Inc.

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