Use the Virtual Classroom?

Valid for Moodle 2.8.  Updated on 3/31/2015. The Virtual Classroom activity lets you conduct an online session with your students. Features include a file presentation tool with white board capability, a chat feature, and the ability to send video and audio directly from your computer using its camera and microphone.

Virtual Classroom Layout

Creating a virtual classroom involves little more than selecting it from the list of activities and giving it a name.

Information about using the Virtual Classroom, also known as the Big Blue Button, is available in a video provided by Big Blue Button. also provides other excellent, short videos.

An introductory video on using Big Blue Button for students in available in the Help for Students section.

Warning:  If you use the camera feature to send video, you can minimize the video display window.  However, this only minimizes it on your system.  The students will continue to be able to see what your camera shows.  To prevent the students from seeing through the camera, close rather than minimize the video display window.

Warning:  We have seen problems with the cursor sometimes becoming invisible.  Usually clicking the mouse will cause it to appear again.  We're not sure if this is a real problem or just an artifact of our running multiple sessions on the same computer during testing.

Warning: You can set the virtual classroom so that students can't enter it until the instructor is present.  Unfortunately, if a student tries to enter early, they are told they can't but are never told when the instructor shows up.  They need to leave the classroom and re-enter after the instructor enters the classroom.