MoodleMoot Global 2023 Recap

Since its first line of code for the BigBlueButton plugin was written February 10, 2010, BigBlueButton has been an integral tool inside of Moodle for over 13 years. Throughout this time, we have continuously improved and refined our collaboration with Moodle Head Quarters (Moodle HQ), resulting in an incredible partnership with one of the world’s […]

BigBlueButton Featured on Tomorrow’s World Today

BigBlueButton Featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘Tomorrow’s World Today’ Series Fred Dixon, Blindside Networks CEO, was invited to appear on ‘Tomorrow’s World Today’, an Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel series that highlights pioneers working towards a better future through cutting-edge technology.  In the episode linked below, Fred shares his experiences in scaling the hosting of BigBlueButton over sixty-fold […]

Blindside Networks’ Integration For BigBlueButton Moves Into Moodle 4.0 Core

BigBlueButton Becomes Fully Integrated Into Moodle 4.0 Moode HQ, the developers of the World’s most popular LMS, have released Moodle 4.0, an upgrade that significantly enhances and streamlines the user experience for teachers and students. Moodle 4.0 extends Moodle’s support for virtual classrooms by incorporating the integration for BigBlueButton into the core.   According to Moodle […]

How Open-Source Virtual Classrooms Provide Data Sovereignty

Securing Our Children’s Data How Open-Source Virtual Classrooms Provide Data Sovereignty The issue of data security and sovereignty is a good way to illustrate the power of open source. We are all becoming more conscious of our online data and how it is being used. We are doubly concerned about our children’s online educational data. […]

How educators saved the school year

The 2020 school year was unprecedented.  The global pandemic caused almost every educational institution in the world to deal with the elimination of in-person classroom teaching and learning, almost overnight. This seismic shift meant that educators had to reimagine their classrooms online while providing high quality teaching experiences without missing stride. This shift was a […]

High praise for BigBlueButtonBN Plugin for Moodle

LMSPulse recently selected the top 10 plugins for Moodle in 2020. When selecting BigBlueButtonBN, they stated Perhaps the biggest Open Technology of 2020, the Blindside Networks team’s creation might have saved the school year at countless schools and for thousands —millions?— of students at no cost to their privacy. High praise indeed!  We’ve worked on […]

Supporting our customers during Covid-19

Before Covid-19 most schools had a (relatively small) portion of their classes online.  If you are an instructional technologist in higher ed, perhaps you had a series of online classes for professional development, or if you are a superintendent for a K-12, perhaps you had a virtual high school to ensure at-risk kids could still […]

New features in hosting for BigBlueButton

We’ve been busy improving our features in the hosting of BigBlueButton in the past few months. This post gives you an update of what’s new in the Blindside Networks hosting for BigBlueButton. All of these features are now available in your sessions. 1. Who is Talking Whenever a user’s microphone generates audio, BigBlueButton now displays […]

HTML5 client is coming!

As many of you know, browsers will stop supporting Adobe Flash at the end of 2020.  In response, Blindside Networks has been transitioning from Flash to HTML5 for BigBlueButton (referred hereafter as simply “HTML5 client”). We completed the first step of this transition in September 2018 with the release of the HTML5 client for mobile […]

Summer 2018 Hosting Updates

Summer is always the time which we release updates to our hosting environment for BigBlueButton. We want to cover three major updates coming soon: Personal Rooms HTML5 Mobile Client for Viewers Screen Sharing without Java Personal Rooms Customers have asked us for the ability to use BigBlueButton outside their learning management system (LMS).  To enable […]