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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Support for GDPR


We recently added a document to our website describing our support for the upcoming General Data Protection Rights (GDPR) act, due to take effect May 25, 2018. See Blindside Networks provides hosting to many organizations world-wide for BigBlueButton.  This document describes, in plain language, the personal information we collect from a user, why we … Read more

BigBlueButtonBN 2.2.2


Blindside Networks is pleased to announce the release of BigBlueButtonBN version 2.2.2, the BigBlueButton plugin for Moodle.  This latest version fixes a number of minor bugs reported by our community. The BigBlueButtonBN plugin is heavily used by the Moodle Community. shows over 5,400 Moodle sites running the plugin shows it ranked #6 in overall downloads (from a … Read more

Meeting Statistics Now Available for Recorded Sessions


To give teachers more insight into student engagement during an online session we created a new recording format called Statistics Report. When a student participates in an online class BigBlueButton, will capture their user events (such as joining, leaving, chatting, raising hand, etc.) in order to create a playback file for the recorded session.   For … Read more

NISOD Virtual Conference held with BigBlueButton


Each year the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) holds an annual user conference. This year, six months after their user conference, they wanted to hold a NISOD virtual conference to enable more opportunities for collaboration and professional development amongst their members. NISOD used BigBlueButton and Blindside Networks to host their first virtual … Read more

MoodleCloud expands the number of users for BigBlueButton


MoodleCloud announced they now offer subscription-based pricing for BigBlueButton that gives instructors the ability to hold larger synchronous online classes. In July 2015 Moodle HQ launched MoodleCloud, and, now fourteen months later, MoodleCloud hosts thousands of education sites for instructors around the world.   The launch included a free usage of BigBlueButton for up-to six (6) … Read more

eLearning Experts partners with Blindside Networks


Blindside Networks, the company that started the BigBlueButton project, and eLearning Experts, a certified Moodle Partner, announce a partnership to provide integrated hosting for BigBlueButton to all eLearning Expert customers. “BigBlueButton has impressed us over the years with its ease of use, stability, deep integration to Moodle,” says Kathie Robeson, CEO eLearning Experts. “We’ve seen … Read more