Using Webconferencing

Webconferencing basics

Webconferencing in Moodle for users (i.e., students) is covered at http://moodle.converse.edu/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=45224. This page builds on top of that one. I recommend you read that page first.

External resources

Overview

As of Moodle 2.7, we have moved from BigBlueButton to OpenMeetings for webconferencing. The biggest advantage of OpenMeetings over BigBlueButton is that OpenMeetings does not require a separate server to run on, so you can use OpenMeetings without getting me to set it up for you.

Creating a meeting room

You create a meeting room in your course as follows:

  1. Go to your course home page.
  2. Turn editing on.
  3. In the place within your course where you want the conference to appear, click the “Add an activity or resource” link.
  4. This will bring up the dialog listing the possible activity and resource types. In the Activities list, select OpenMeetings (activities are listed alphabetically), and click the Add button.
  5. This will take you to a page where you can specify the settings of your room. The most important ones are these:
    • Room name: you must give your room a name. This is the name it will have on your course home page.
    • Room type: you can choose the type of your room, which controls the allocation of resources between the presenter and everybody else. For most classes at Converse, the “Conference” type will work fine.
    • Max users: the maximum number of participants in your room. Be careful not to select a number higher than the room type allows—when you save your settings, it doesn't check for consistency.
    • Moderation modus: Do the users need to wait for you, or can they start among themselves? The downside of having them start among themselves is that some folks may be confused by being made moderator.
    • Occupy the entire window: Pick whether your room will be in a frame (“Display in frame”) or will take up the entire browser window (“Occupy entire window”). I prefer to have the room occupy the whole window, myself, but your preference may be different.
  6. Click “Save and return to course” at the bottom of the page.

Using a meeting room

Basic use is covered at http://moodle.converse.edu/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=45224, but there is much more: a whiteboard, screen sharing, and so on. I encourage you to go explore a demo, or create a room within Moodle and explore there!

Last modified: Friday, 14 August 2015, 1:08 PM