Canvas Conferences/BigBlueButton vs. Zoom

Technology

Canvas Conferences, also known as BigBlueButton, is the built-in video conferencing solution for Canvas. 

While BigBlueButton is free, there is legitimate concern that extreme increases in usage could cause performance issues. It seems likely at this point that this version of BigBlueButton within Canvas will be unable to scale to meet current or future demands due to COVID-19. 

In light of the tremendous need for concurrent virtual classrooms, meetings and the like, we suggest that faculty use Zoom, which is a robust and stable platform that can easily support the needs of all of Temple University’s campuses.

For more on Zoom, visit our Zoom resource page or see the relevant sections of REMOTE: Resources for EMergency Online TEaching.

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