Anti-crisis Cost Reduction: from Adobe Connect to BigBlueButton

12,000 students
at a Technical University
academic staff
administrative staff
educational programs
Main Goal
The goal of the project is to radically reduce the monthly costs of conducting video lessons through the use of a free, and freely distributed software platform.
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Main Сhallenges
Best Experience
Complete comparative analysis and analysis of the best world experience in using online learning platforms based on free software.
Switching the Systems
Replace the existing Adobe Connect system integrated with Blackboard Learn with the newly selected BigBlueButton free platform.
Maintenance of the BigBlueButton platform by their own system administrators.
Seamless Integration
Ensure seamless integration of the BigBlueButton platform with Blackboard Learn e-Learning system and Ellucian Banner learning management system.
Before the start of the project, the supervisory board of the organization formulated the following challenges:
Virtual Servers
Provide the possibility of operating BigBlueButton on virtual servers in their own data center without any additional costs for renting external servers.
Removing Barriers
Remove barriers to start using the online platform - BigBlueButton works through any popular browser.
100% reduction of monthly fees for using 50 Adobe Connect licenses ($ 2500 to $ 0).
After-project support of the BigBlueButton platform was provided by their own specialists.
Information security of video training was provided at the level of software technologies, server equipment, and ensured the procedures for managing video training.
Students, teachers, and staff had the opportunity to use their existing unified Blackboard Learn account (username and password) for use in BigBlueButton.
The project was implemented within two months, taking into account analysis, platform selection, design, implementation and training. The project provides a contract for 24 months of after-project support. Integration was implemented using web-services technology, Blackboard Building Blocks (API). The project team included an architect, programmers, systems engineers, as well as instructors to train teachers and system administrators.

Due to the effective organization of design work, the following results were realized:
Balanced load on BigBlueButton servers, provided backup and recovery after failures, provided continuous monitoring of threats and operability.
Convenient search and access to videos of online classes for teachers and students through Blackboard Learn were provided.
Software Integrated with BigBlueButton
e-Learning software
Student information software
Blackboard Learn
Ellucian Banner
Related Services
Eliminating the Expenses for Adobe Connect, Blackboard Connect, WebEx, Zoom Licenses by Replacing Them with BigBlueButton
Building an e-Learning System Based on BigBlueButton and Canvas LMS Software
BigBlueButton Web Conferencing Software Implementation
Integration of BigBlueButton Web Conferencing Software into Canvas LMS
Integration of BigBlueButton Web Conferencing Software into Blackboard Learn
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