there are a few ethical software solutions out there for online meetings, for audio meetings Mumble, for audio/video conferences Jitsi is a well-known project with a growing number of public servers made available. So why and when Jitsi? BBB is designed for learning and conferencing sessions where larger groups can be accommodated and presentation and collaborative features are more advanced.
Some key advantages of BBB:
- Audio works much better and independent from video
- Moderation and room management is more advanced
- Presentations can be presented on the inline whiteboard, apart from the usual screensharing
- Collaborative features like drawing alone or together, a built-in collaborative pad, hold polls and share their results on the fly...
- A plenary room can have break-out sessions
Typical uses of BigBlueButton
BBB is designed for learning contexts, and works well also for group meetings of different types, such as:
- Online calls, tutoring (one-to-one)
- Flipped classrooms (recording content ahead of your session)
- Group collaboration (many-to-many)
- Online classes (one-to-many)
- Conferences, round table cafe-style sessions (many-to many more)
Some video tutorials to get you started:
See more at: https://bigbluebutton.org/html5/
What about privacy?
At Meet.coop we are not going to sell or trade your data. We run our own software, all Free Software / Open Source. We think that matters. We think surveillance capitalism is driving us to a dystopian society, where BigTech controls what people buy, think, vote for.
Here some references about privacy and video meeting tools:
- Mozilla's report on Video call Apps
- Bits of Freedom comparative (in Dutch) of videoconference tools with focus on privacy
What other say about BigBlueButton
- MoodleCloud, by the makers of Moodle, uses BBB: https://support.moodle.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003322591-How-many-users-can-join-a-BigBlueButton-session-
- Strypey reports on BBB tests by the VOICE group: https://write.as/8fiwlnjnqc4d4.md
- Linux Foundation recommends BBB: <check reference>