Weekly Sessions Migrated Online
Updated: Apr 4, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Teacher Training UK programmes and support systems will continue as normal. Weekly taught sessions, are now being delivered online to ensure seamless access to content and resources for all students on our programmes.
What Is Big Blue Button?
Developed and operating since 2007, Big Blue Button is an open-source online learning software used for web conferencing and training sessions. It is ideal for providing remote students the ability to learn online and have optimal educational opportunities during pandemics such as COVID-19.
Hoe Does Big Blue Button Work?
Big Blue Button is very easy to navigate and set up. Keep in mind that if you are having any trouble using Big Blue Button, there is a "help" feature on the software that will take you to more in-depth, step-by-step guides and videos to show you how to use it properly. For an overview, you can expect to go through the following steps and see the following features for each session you enter:
1. Select your preferred joining method (microphone or listen only). It will then issue a private echo test to ensure your sound is working adequately.
2. If the sound is good, you click "yes," and then you will be directed to the Big Blue Button dashboard. You will see the area where the instructor will update the slides that you can follow along with and a place for public and private chatting off to the side. You will also see a spot for shared notes that you can utilize as well. You may also use your webcam if you would like to join in a more personable way.
3. A cool feature is that while the session is going, you are able to enter into a different area, called the "breakout room." easily and quickly if you wish. Here you are able to moderate slides and collaborate with others separately from the original presentation. The instructor is also welcome to join this as well if you need any assistance.
4. When you are ready to leave the session, all you have to do is log out and that is it! You are out and can return again whenever a new session is ready to begin later on.
Will This Affect My Experiences?
Big Blue Button is the perfect educational alternative for economical and health pandemics such as COVID-19. You may feel skeptical about having to embrace online learning during this unfortunate occurrence. However, you can have peace of mind knowing that you will not lose any beneficial elements, and your experience will still be just as effective as prior face-to-face-sessions. The trainings you have grown accustomed to will still be delivered in the same way. Though it may feel odd at first, switching from in-house sessions to online, the software utilised will promote the same experiences, and you can be confident you will not miss out on any advantages.