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Content PAge 2
1. Introduction 4
2. Minimum requirements 4
2.1 Flash player 4
2.2 Internet speed 4
2.3 Java runtime 4
2.4 Hardware requirements 5
2.5 Recommendations 5
3 Connecting to virtual classroom – Big Blue Button 5
3.1 Connecting with virtual classroom 5
3.3 Logging out from the BBB session 8
4. Functionality 8
Viewer role capabilities: 8
Presenter role capabilities: 9
4.1 Upload a presentation 9
Whiteboard drawing tools 10
4.2 Chat room 11
4.3 Desktop sharing 12
Contact Information 14
Big Blue Button is our virtual classroom or online web conferencing session. Virtual classroom sessions are to deliver a high quality learning experience to remote student. When logged into the virtual classroom, users have the option of sharing their video and audio over the web using built-in or external devices. Multiple participants and a presenter can be sharing their video and audio at the same time.
Moderator is the person who handles the conference. The moderator has complete control over all functionality within the Big Blue Button session. Moderator will be able to mute, un-mute and eject any of the participant at any time. Members can handle only their own video/audio. All members of the virtual classroom can take part in a group chat or private chat.
You need to have a web browser capable of running Flash 10.3 to get access to the BBB virtual classroom.
Click on the link below and follow the steps to check the flash player version installed on your computer, to find the latest version available for your computer or to download and install flash player.
To check Adobe Flash player : go to their website
Your internet connection must have the following upstream and downstream to participate successfully with virtual classroom.
Upstream: 500 Kbits/sec (0.5 Mbits/sec)
Downstream: 1000 Kbits/sec ( 1 Mbits/sec)
You will need to install java runtime to run the desktop sharing. Visit The Jave website to test the currently installed version of java. You can download update java runtime free of charge.
For Windows computers recommended hardware requirement is Dual-core CPU with at least 2G memory (RAM).
For Mac computers recommended hardware requirement is any Mac running Mac OS X operating system.
To get a high quality audio we recommend you to use a headset with a microphone rather than inbuilt in speakers.
Logging into virtual classroom (web conferencing session) may take between 2-20 Seconds Depending on your Internet Connection and network traffic. You will not be able do anything until the moderator (teacher/trainer) join the virtual classroom.
To login into virtual classroom (online lessons) click on the relevant topic named as “online classroom Date and Time (DD/MM/YYYY 00:00AM – 00:00PM)” and accompanying icon. Your course may have several online lessons for different dates therefore make sure to select the correct lesson.
Eg: Online classroom 15/09/2012 10:30AM – 03:30PM
3.2 Tools on main screen
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The log out button is located at the Top Right Corner of the BBB session window.
Click on ‘Logout’ button to Logout of the current BBB session,
Then Click ‘OK’ on next window.
Big Blue Button video conferencing session consists of extended whiteboard capabilities such as desktop sharing, public and private chat, pointer, zooming and drawing. You will be logging into the virtual classroom in the viewer role. Your teacher/trainer will be logging into the session in the presenter role. There is difference between these two roles in terms of capabilities. During the session, you may need to ask for presenter role or you may be given the presenter role by the trainer. Once you are in the presenter role you will be able utilise more functions.
This role has the limited capabilities. Note that, you will not be able to join virtual classroom until presenter has joined.
Join the video conference.
Audio - Mute/unmute them-selves.
Video – Share the web cam/ stop sharing.
Public chat(group chat)/ Private chat.
Access previously recorded session.
Raise the hand (for request).
Presenter holds full control over web conferencing session (virtual classroom) including the ability to eject any user at any time from the virtual classroom. You will not be able to eject any user from the classroom even if you are given presentation mode during the session.
Join the video conference.
Mute/ unmute others.
Drawing, highlighting on presentation area using white board tools.
Upload a document for presentation.
Adjust presentation area (Fit to width, Fit to page).
Zooming presentation area.
These functions will become available once you switch to the presenter status.
Click button on “upload” screen to browse your files and select the file you want to upload and click “open” to get the selected file into “upload” screen. Your file name will list on “upload” screen. Click button to upload your lecture to your audience.
This is your chat room for the online classroom see figure 4.2.1 .
The desktop sharing facility allows you to broadcast your desktop for all members to see. Only the presenter role can share the desktop. Once you get the presenter role, you will be able to share your desktop. You will get the presenter’s shared desktop on a new block therefore you can minimize or maximize the new window. However, you cannot totally close down that window. It will reside on top of the Big Blue Button window until the presenter closes the desktop sharing. Therefore, make sure to close the desktop sharing from your end once you finish your task.
You will notice that you will get three buttons (See figure 4.3.1) on top left corner of the screen once you get the “Presenter” role where there will be only two buttons (See figure 4.3.2) for the viewer role.
Figure 4.3.Figure 4.3.5
Note: It may ask your permission to run desktop sharing application as a security warning. Read the warning message carefully and accept
For further information regarding business activity, please contact:
Name: Simon Slieker
Phone: (03) 9370 9871
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