Fourteen months since its official release, MoodleCloud is now hosting thousands of education sites. Now, with the add on purchase option for BigBlueButton users, online learning is more accessible and interactive than ever.
Moodle, the world’s open source learning platform, today announced the BigBlueButton add on feature for MoodleCloud sites, in response to many requests from users.
Moodle Founder and CEO, Dr Martin Dougiamas, explained that the add on feature allows more educators and learners to collaborate and engage in their online learning space, making education technology truly interactive.
“Moodle’s mission has always been to help educators improve learning with open, accessible tools to use as they wish,” said Dr Dougiamas.
“Together with our good open source friends at BigBlueButton, we have, to date, been able to offer up to six free users to access high quality web conferencing system in the MoodleCloud sites.”
“Requests for more BigBlueButton users indicate that educators and learners are effectively using the full video, audio,whiteboarding and presentation support in their MoodleCloud sites.”
“So we are pleased to offer the BigBlueButton add on option for all Moodle for School sites.”
The BigBlueButton add on option is now available by logging to your MoodleCloud portal and clicking on the “Upgrade your plan and purchase add-ons” option.
The BigBlueButton add on option is currently only available for Moodle for School sites and in increments of six users, up to a total of 30 BigBlueButton users for each site.
Prices for purchasing extra BigBlueButton users start at $300 AUD per year for additional six users.
“BigBlueButton is focused on providing remote students a high-quality online learning experience,” said Fred Dixon, CEO of Blindside Networks.
“Both Moodle and BigBlueButton open source projects share this ethos.”
“We at Blindside Networks are very happy to be working closely with Moodle to give instructors using MoodleCloud the ability to hold larger online classes in BigBlueButton.”
MoodleCloud is a hosting service provided by the people who make Moodle, where you can get a fully-hosted Moodle site (MoodleCloud site). Moodle hosts and updates your MoodleCloud site, and enhances it with some favourite plugins. MoodleCloud also offers several different packages, including a Moodle for Free option, which you can choose from and scale according to your needs. More information: https://moodle.com/cloud/
BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for online learning. BigBlueButton enables instructors to hold online classes with real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, desktop and polls.
The BigBlueButton project was started by Blindside Networks in 2008. For more information see http://bigbluebutton.org/.
Fred Dixon, BigBlueButton Product Manager, discusses BigBlueButton and MoodleCloud
Chris Reid, MoodleCloud Product Manager, talks about using BigBlueButton with MoodleCloud.