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Conferences are primarily used for virtual lectures, virtual office hours, and student groups. They can also be used to demonstrate technologies or troubleshoot technology issues online. For best performance, Conferences should be limited to 100 users or fewer. Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton.

Faculty and Students can access BigBlueButton by clicking on the Conferences link in the course or group navigation menu.

Video Overview (YouTube link)

Minimum Requirements

We suggest that users have access to high speed internet in order to fully participate in a BigBlueButton Conference.

BigBlueButton and its WebRTC components are supported by all major browsers, including Chrome, FireFox, Safari, and Safari Mobile. For best results on desktop and laptops, we recommend Chrome or Firefox. For Chromebooks, we recommend the built-in Chrome browser.

BigBlueButton has a “mobile first” design. They designed the user interface (UI) to first run on a mobile device. Like the desktop, there is no mobile app to download or install. BigBlueButton runs within your mobile browser.

BigBlueButton runs on iOS version 12.2+ and Android version 6.0+. To join a session, you click a link within the browser or a mobile app (such as Canvas), and BigBlueButton will run within Safari Mobile (iOS) or Google Chrome (Android).

When joining a webinar or conducting one as a presenter, we suggest that you connect to BigBlueButton using a headset with a microphone. This allows you to participate if necessary in a conference and helps reduce environmental noise and feedback issues that are common with video conferencing.

Finally, if you are choosing to share your screen with participants, you will want to use Google Chrome. We have found this browser to work the best when it comes to this feature.

Specifically, if you are using a Mac, Firefox or Chrome work best but you will need to allow permissions in your System Preferences.

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