BigBlueButton is able to host video conferences, where the presenter can share their presentations, screen and videos with other users. A chat, shared notes, a whiteboard, polls and breakout rooms are available for collaborative work. The conferences run on TU Dresden servers, which makes them particularly suitable for exams and defenses as well as sensitive content.
BigBlueButton is available for employees of the TU Dresden. Access rights for students, guests as well as function logins can be obtained from the Service Desk by providing a reason. In addition, it is possible for employees of HTW Dresden to access the booking option in the Self Service Portal.
There are two portals available for creating conferences, which differ mainly in the way of managing video conferences and the maximum capacity.
Via the BigBlueButton Portal you create rooms with constant access link and optionally changeable code for up to 50 users. The conferences of a room are started manually by the organizers and are then accessible for viewers. The conference is ended by the organizers or automatically after half an hour of emptiness.
Via the Self Service Portal you can book conferences for a certain period of time and up to 100 users. The conferences are automatically started at the booked time and are then accessible for moderators and viewers. If the end time of the booking is reached or if it is empty for half an hour, the conference is ended.
|BigBlueButton Portal||Self Service Portal|
|User per conference||50||
(with BBB account)
(with ZIH login)
|Optional PIN protection||✓||-|
|Configurable in the portal|
|... for all as moderators||✓||-
(with ZIH login)
|... only allowed with ZIH login||-||✓|
Conference sessions booked via Self Service Portal can optionally be expanded for up to 200 users. To do so, please contact the Service Desk stating the booking number and the desired conference size. Please note:
For functional tests, users with ZIH login can generate a test conference in the Self Service Portal via the option immediate booking before the event. External users may refer to test room available on BPS servers ("Zugang als Gast"; link under the login button). Here it is particularly important to have a functioning microphone and, if necessary, web camera.