BigBlueButton is a real-time collaboration tool. (Audio/Video/Screensharing/Chat/Whiteboard).

The first TikiFestBigBlueButton was held summer 2010, to improve integration in Tiki6.

Source of first commit:



A BBB presentation at TikiFestBootstrap

Notes from TikiFest Ottawa - April 2013

Additions based on current API

  • Public / Unpublish / Delete recordings
  • Input more info about recordings
    • Title
    • Description
    • MetaData
  • Drop down list of all rooms available (in the plugin)
  • Potential BBB Admin Panel
  • Admin
    • Set attendee password
    • Set moderator password
    • Wait for moderator to start meeting

Deeper Integration Concepts in Tiki

  • Try to build the management of meetings and recordings using Trackers
    • Similar to Kaltura and Watershed



  • Marc & Fred to test when someone is far from speakerphone: sound is choppy instead of just being lower
  • A way for the moderator to call out to someone
  • A way for users to confirm their presence and request a call back when meeting starts
  • BBB mute/unmute via touch tone (for when you call in and don't have access to mute/unmute UI)
  • Tiki Slideshow used in BigBlueButton
  • Enhancement: Join API should support "language"
  • Room name seems to have to start with a digit
  • We now have list of recorded sessions from the plugin
    • Some are still liking to the IP address (but links are broken as IP has changed)
    • Sort: most recent should be at the top done
    • There should be a way for the admin to delete some added to Tiki10
    • The list should be in fade-style (because list can be very long)
    • There should be a param not to list recordings
      • In fact, there is a permission (global and per room)
    • Links to recordings should open a new window
  • PluginBigBlueButton should open a new window instead of taking us just to BigBlueButton fixed
  • One click login from Tiki
    • If logged from Tiki, nick should be the same
    • It should be possible to have unauthenticated users
      • These users would pick their nick, but it should be prefixed by something so we know that we don't really know who they are. (u: johnsmith, suechang vs web_sam or web_john)
      • So we don't force people to login to Tiki
  • One click start chat with this group
  • Use Tiki groups and permissions (ex.: closed session for a Classroom) (initial integration could have just one room though)
    • tiki_p_create_meeting (need an interface to create meetings with the various options offered by BBB) Interface is done
      • Invite all users from group X
    • tiki_p_join_meeting
    • tiki_p_join_meeting_as_moderator
  • Integrate with Calendar to schedule meetings
  • Save session recording to Tiki File Gallery or to Kaltura for editing
  • Save chat log to a wiki page
  • Integrate with Tiki Payment to have paid Webinars or paid one on one Support
  • An appreciation poll after a webinar or Remote support session.
  • A module which shows the available rooms, and who is online done in the plugin
  • Access File Gallery from within BBB to store presentations, images etc.

Feature requests & bug reports

  • If the connection fails, BBB should restart exactly to where it was (window positioning, etc.)
  • Support a parameter on the playback URL to jump to a specific segment of the recording Done
  • SharedNotes: Sync text edit (and wiki page edits could be done simultaneously)
    • Alternative free software app: Etherpad for real time doc. writing (from Google, with Apache 2.0 License)
    • TogetherJS
  • Presentation: this works well for PDF, but what if I want to show a web page? Suggestion: To be able to use desktop share applet to take a screenshot to go the presentation space. This would be a lot easier than Cobrowsing.

  • Plugin: list of recordings should be in chronological order (last at top) Done
  • Should be possible for admins to delete recordings added to Tiki10
  • Should be possible to have webcams windows opened by default
  • bug/feature request: two users can have some username. Assuming this is a bug, BBB could add a suffix to second one (like IRC)
  • Feature request: colors in chat should be auto-assigned
  • Bug: clicking on camera doesn't always open them
  • Transition helper for Community chat
    • IRC & Skype are successful because the desktop client typically logs you in when you boot your computer. Thus, it's easier to get a critical mass of users than with a web-only interface. Some ideas to address this
      • Jabber client or IRC bridge (When someone joins/acts in BBB, we get a notification in IRC)
  • Hosted options, where Tiki admins could just pay and have someone else host it.
    • On demand instances, payable by the hour (even better!)


  • From the Connect admin panel, a link to, using by default the as a nick
  • 2012-10-18 -> Can't kick all users out to provoke the recording
    • Some people keep coming back and some came back as "Guest: username"

Feedback from 2012-11 Webinar

Feedback from 2012-01 Webinar

  • How can we have a URL to a specific minute & second of a recording? Done in BBB 0.81
  • Sound was really good
    • In my opinion, sound was indeed really good in the best cases, but sometimes poor. Mostly this was because of poor microphone setups, but sometimes it seemed Europeans had choppy audio (Spain, France). It's hard to say if that was a connection issue. I was listening from Quebec. Chealer9
  • Copy-paste of the logs: the times are all identical if you come back after the meeting (not good for copy-paste)
  • How to delete a recording? added to Tiki10
  • To save bandwidth, we turned off webcams.
    • Would it be thinkable to have the webcam only for the current speaker? (or all unmuted?). So in addition to webcam on/off, have a setting for "webcam is on when I am unmuted"
  • How do we embed this new content to
  • What link do we want to do, if any, with Kaltura?

Recording of previous webinars

Permanent archives

A permanent archive of past webinars is available here

  • January 19, 2012
 Why is this a temporary recording archive

Daniel asked for an access to transfer this archive on the tiki file gallery side as the size of this audio file is too large to be accepted as is
Here is where the native file is sitting at the moment

    • Monday, January 30, 201 - Online Publishing House - January 2012 Web conference
  • Thursday, February 16, 2012
  • Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • Thursday, April 19, 2012
  • Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • Thursday, June 21, 2012
  • Thursday, July 19, 2012
  • Thursday, August 16, 2012
  • Thursday, September 20, 2012
  • Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012

The recordings for the first BigBlueButton developer session available (March 1st, 2012)