Adobe Connect is a robust virtual training tool apt for video-conferencing and collaborative learning on Moodle. It provides integration of an external conference line in addition to VOIP.
Moreover, it supports uninterrupted access to add-ons like clocks, timers, interactive word clouds, random participant selectors, etc. Therefore, it is an ideal option for meetings and creating webinars. However, it could be a little on the expensive side but great on the learner engagement front.
Supreme recording functionality with the feature to put markers on recordings
Send recorded webinars link to those who could not attend the webinar
Off-loading ‘of recordings in case you want to host it somewhere else
Provides flexibility to organize different types of meetings
Live Polls and easy sharing of videos and handouts
Supports whiteboard feature for easy creation of a collaborative environment
Highly customizable – personalize multiple virtual classrooms with specific branding
Reusable room layouts with appropriate pod and content
Pod types supported – surveys, file shares, Q&A, whiteboard, etc.
BigBlueButton is the most popular of all the Moodle-based videoconferencing plugins. It is open-source video-conferencing software, great for Moodlers on budget. It is a good plugin to start out with. For teachers and instructors, a little technical understanding of Java and Flash may be required as some BigBlueButton elements use them.
BigBlueButton activity can be integrated into Moodle courses
Whiteboard feature to highlight important things (whiteboard-style presentations)
Supports screen sharing and use of microphones or webcam interchangeably
Recording sessions and storing them online
*It is an open-source software
Broadcasting classes on Moodle to be watched/rewatched in person or from home
Breakout rooms wherein you can listen without entering the room
On Windows, it allows for sharing a specific region of your desktop and placing the window within that region. However, you can’t choose a specific window
Not very customizable
Setup issues reported
A few technical difficulties and no noise cancellation
BigMarker is a cloud-based webinar tool. It is the first plugin that can integrate Twitter chat into a webinar. It has an extensive library of webinars for learners with recorded webinars of experts and thought leaders
Supports HD audio, video, screen sharing, recording, and video-conferencing
Allows for promoting and monetizing your content/webinars, building a community
Intuitive interface with a prompt feature to start recording webinars in case you forget
Easy to use with support for multiple integrations
Suitable for training and internal communications
Can add up to 1000 attendees to a webinar
Multiple integrations supported
Easy to use
No option to stream webinars to social media platforms
Costly to improve scalability
All things Considered
It’s best not to lose hope. Learning should not stop, come what may! So, we encourage you to continue imparting top-quality online education with the plugins mentioned above.
Video-conferencing is convenient, effective and good for people on a budget. Not to forget, it’s even more engaging than textual content.
Let’s remind ourselves that in the midst of a pandemic, adaptability matters. So, we need to embrace the idea of learning anywhere-anytime to make sure learning goes on seamlessly. There are many inspiring examples across the globe and you as educators might want to follow suit.
Keep learning and innovating 🙂
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