Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning

I received several emails, message on Twitter, and InMails on LinkedIn concerning the Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning and the Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learningposts. Guys the most of you find these posts a valuable resource for the e-Learning community. As a result, the following post is Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning.The following list contains free and open source Web Conferencing tools that are n’t in particular order.

Also, you should be sure that the e-Learning community will highly appreciate:

  1. if you post a comment with your experience with these tools and/or,
  2. if you post a comment with a link to any other free and open source Web Conferencing tool.

BigBluebutton* is built for Higher Education. It enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. BigBlueButton is an active open source project that focuses on usability, modularity, and clean design — both for the user and the developer. The project is hosted at Google Code. BigBlueButton is built by combining over fourteen open source components.

*note: Epignosis has created a module that provides integration of BigBlueButton conferencing in eFront Open Source Learning Management System. BigBlueButton is a free web-conferencing tool with text chat, audio and video capabilites, a virtual whiteboard and many more presentation and conferencing features.

OpenMeetings is a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web. You can use your microphone or webcam, share documents on a white board, share your screen or record meetings. It is available as hosted service or you download and install a package on your server with no limitations in usage or users.

OpenMeetings Key Features Mini Demo

Mikogo is a free desktop sharing tool full of features to assist you in conducting the perfect online meeting or web conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to share any screen content or application over the Internet in true color quality with up to 10 participants simultaneously, while still sitting at your desk.

Yugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others. To start hosting your own meetings you have to sign up for FREE. Your Yugma Free web conferencing account allows you to invite up to 20 attendees

Using WebHuddle, you have options and flexibility. Meetings can be conducted either in conjunction with an enterprise’s existing teleconferencing service, or utilizing WebHuddle’s optional voice over IP. WebHuddle also offers recording capabilities — presentations can easily be recorded for playback over any web browser for those who missed the live meeting.

With Vyew you can give a presentation to a hundred people online or post a document you’ve been working on for review by your colleagues at the convenience. Vyew is extremely flexible alloying you to bring online collaboration and conferencing into your workflow on your terms.

Dimdim delivers synchronized live presentations, whiteboards and web pages while sharing your voice and video over the Internet – with no download. With the Free edition you can get 10 person meetings, 1 way video, standard support, Dimdim branded rooms, and public meetings.

*note: Epignosis has created a module that provides integration of Dimdim conferencing in eFront  Open Source Learning Management System.

Adobe® ConnectNow is a great way to share ideas, discuss details, and complete work with others all online. Reduce travel costs, save time, and increase productivity with a web conferencing solution that’s easy to access and simple to use. ConnectNow operates inside a web browser. There’s no installation required, so getting started is easy and Free

by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.

36 thoughts on “Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning

  1. What a useful overview, Christopher!! Thank you for taking the time to create these meaty introductions and gather these introductory vids in one place! People keep asking me to do this and I've just been too busy to do a good job of it like you have here! I so appreciate you taking time to make this post.

    I'm going to link this post on my blog, too, and recommend it into the conversation I'm in on Amplify. (Have you found Amplify yet? You belong in that community!!)

    I particularly like the vid you found from Yugma because it makes a clear distinction between intermittent and persistent collaboration.

    While I've found Yugma to be a very useful tool for what the Yugma team likes to call "fluid collaboration," all the other apps you've highlighted in this post (as well as others) provide simple, useful, browser-based platforms for the same processes. The trick is understanding how to work with others fluidly and collaboratively.

    The issue isn't really which TOOLS we choose, though, it's the challenge of translating our expertise into everyday work processes of "fluid collaboration" with others.

    It's my experience that what's standing in our way as trainers, coaches, and consultants using these tools isn't the tool skills. It's the fact that those of us who are over 30 weren't trained to think about either work or learning as continuous processes of creating and nourishing a sense of shared meaning – and purpose – with others.

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  2. Hi Meri,

    Thank you for your constructive comment!

    You are more than welcome to link this post on your blog. I will very much appreciate if you mention this blog as a resource.

    Can you give me some more info concerning Amplify?

    I will write you constructive feedback as soon as possible.

    Have a wonderful day,
    @cpappas

  3. Come to http://meriwalker.amplify.com and you'll see my personal page there, Christopher.

    Amplify is a community of bloggers and it's also a great platform for conversation around online content – including your own content. It makes it very simple to distribute your content to lots of social media and draw people from various audiences into one place to have conversation.

    If you scroll through my place there you may see a little about what I'm saying. And, if you'd like to have a quick Skype about this, I'd be happy to. Besides taking up "personal" residence there (in a very smart and active community) you can start Amplify groups. Another very interesting way to engage people simply around content. I like the results I'm able to create a Amplify a LOT better than Ning, for instance.

  4. For instance, my repost of your blog here yesterday generated 53 views of your blog in a matter of a few hours on Amplify and it was rerecommended by my followers there several times already. I don't know how many views I sent you through my personal blog at http://virtualmeetingcoach.com, but I doubt I generated that much traffic yet. Amplify is a fabulous way to engage with smart people who care about what you care about in more than 140 characters.

  5. Hi Chrissi,

    The open source version of dimdim was nice but right now you can find much better open source tools. Elluminate is a really nice tool but not open source. Big Blue Button is my favorite at the moment!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas aka @cpappas

  6. Hi Christoforos,

    Thanks for your reply. Trying again to respond via firefox browser – seem to have difficulties with internet explorer… not sure why. Anyway.

    I was wondering if you have Big Blue Button installed and could trial it with me when/if you have a moment. I will understand if that is not possible. Thank you very much.

    Καλή και Δημιουργική Χρονιά ;o)

    Chrissi

  7. Hi Christofors,
    BBB is awesome but unfortunately, I have faced lots of problems in its installation on my server that`s why could`t make it.

    Please suggest if you have any possible guides for installation.

    Regards,
    Hassam

  8. I would like to recommend that you include group audio conference applications such as:

    TeamSpeak.com or Ventrilo.com would be useful to include on this page of resources.

    We have been using a combo of logmein.com and skype but for larger groups TeamSpeak and Mikogo is a really good combo.

    Kevin

    Kevin

  9. hi chris,
    im looking for an open source web conferencing tool which can have atleast 20 user simultaneous interaction and can be integrated with moodle. can you suggest any?
    thanks!!

  10. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the great posts above. I have two quick questions.

    1. Can you recommend any tutorials for new developers who want to learn how to install such back end web conferencing open source tools?

    2. Where can I find developers who will on the type of project that I listed above (integrate front and back ends of a website, and install one of these open source web conferencing tools)?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Terrance

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  12. Hi Christopher, thanks for this post. I was searching for the list of web-conferencing tools for a long time. I tumbled upon this article and this sounds just exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a ton!

  13. I had heard of a couple of these web conferencing sites but not the rest, so I’ll definately try them and see if one stands out above the rest. Thank you for the information

  14. Hey. It is a great article regarding various web conferencing tools such as bigbluebutton, openmeetings, mikogo etc. In addition to above, one can even consider deploying on premise web conferencing appliance such as RHUB appliances in order to conduct webinars, web conferences, online meetings, online presentations etc.

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