Extend whiteboard to enable multiple users at the same time #2055

bigbluebutton-issue-import opened this Issue Aug 12, 2015 · 12 comments


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Originally reported on Google Code with ID 1302

For certain applications, such as one-to-one tutoring, it would be useful for the teacher
and student to simultaneous interact with the whiteboard.



Reported by ffdixon on 2012-08-29 22:09:30

Issue 1314 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-09-11 23:44:43


Reported by ffdixon on 2012-09-23 17:19:20

Hi all,

I'm just wondering if there is any way to speed up / increase the priority of this
My project, iSKILLu, will be trying to enable free 121 lessons and thus this is essential
for it.

Currently we are attempting to use OpenMeetings, but want to use bbb(!)
- I'm pretty new to this project and not sure how it works, but would a certain amount
of cash help get this implemented?

Sam Naef
iSKILLu founder

Reported by samnaef on 2015-03-26 13:04:08

Hi Sam,

> I'm just wondering if there is any way to speed up / increase the priority of this

There is!  Here's an overview of how we prioritize tasks for each release:


Right now, we're focused on finishing 0.9.0.  There will always be more releases ahead.

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-03-26 13:37:50

Hi Sam,

I just deleted your comment (It's not cool to include a quote from a company).  Please
posts your comment again without the quote.

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-04-13 12:08:36

Hi Fred,

Apologies for putting in their quote.
Synopsis of previous message:

1. I checked out commercial support options which produced a quote too large for our
current financial capability.

2. Is there any channels to try and persuade yourself and other committers for the
need of this task to be included in v1? 
- Perhaps under 'Areas for investigation' as a start?

3. I believe that by including this small change, the effect (of opening bbb to the
whole 121 lesson community) highly outweighs the effort needed in order to make this
change (for simultaneous presenters).

4. My project, iSKILLu, is one of these which will enable worldwide 121 learning by
using a credit system - and thus not trading in money, which results in the huge benefits
to anyone with computer access worldwide, regardless of ones own personal wealth.

Please let me know your thoughts,
Kindest regards,
Sam Naef
iSKILLu founder

Reported by samnaef on 2015-04-13 12:28:58

Hi Sam,

Thanks for reposting this.  I can't make any promises when we will implement this feature,
but you can expect multi-user whiteboard to be added to BigBlueButton in a future release.

We want it too, but there are other features -- such as closed captioning for hearing
impaired students -- that rank higher.

Regards,... Fred

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-04-13 12:35:43

Hi Fred,

Thanks very much for this.
Just to check, there are no places for discussing/following these decisions for the
wider community I'm guessing?

Keep up the super work.

Reported by samnaef on 2015-04-13 12:46:12

Hi Sam,

I googled for the terms

  multiuser whiteboard

in bigbluebutton-dev mailing list and found this thread


You can echo your support for it there too.  It would be better if you (or someone
in your team) had interest to develop the feature as they could contribute to the effort

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-04-13 14:36:13

I'm also interested in this feature.

Reported by lukemburns on 2015-07-15 18:52:36

@kepstin kepstin removed the Status-New label Aug 12, 2015

I am also interested in this feature. We oversee online schools that are 100% online and where students and teachers engage int he learning process from home. During live sessions with teacher support of learning, it is necessary to have small groups or classes of students in the session with the teacher and the teacher needs a means by which she can assess student learning in real time and having to do it one at a time makes inefficient use of the time they have available.

Please let me know how I can find out about the progress with this feature. Thank you in advance!

ffdixon commented May 17, 2016

This feature is not tagged for any specific release, and it's not planned for the next release (BigBlueButton 1.1), see


You'll know were getting closer to implementing this feature when we tag it for a release.

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