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Big Blue Button is a web conferencing tool for educators that is integrated with Moodle to provide instructors with tools for teaching online.


Big Blue Button can be used for synchronous learning sessions in partially or fully online courses, for guest speakers in a face to face course or to provide virtual office hours. It replicates classroom activity with screen sharing, multi-user whiteboards and break out rooms for small group discussion or activity.


There are unique features and limitations when using Big Blue Button. Use the list below as guidelines to consider when thinking about your learners and activities you want to deliver.

Unique Features include:

  • Breakout rooms
  • Shared note-taking
  • Polling
  • Virtual whiteboard
  • Emoji's, including raised hand
  • Recorded sessions accessible in Moodle
  • Integrated with Moodle


  • Mobile experience is limited

Who can use?

  • Faculty/Instructor
  • Students (must be setup by instructor)

Recommended Activities:

  • Case studies
  • Collaborative brainstorming
  • Small group discussions
  • Office hours

Features of Big Blue Button:

Big Blue Button Info Sheet