This plugin integrates a Discourse instance with BigBlueButton, an open source video conferencing tool designed for online learning. You will need to have a server running an instance of BBB to use this, see http://docs.bigbluebutton.org for more details. Compared to Zoom, Jitsi and Whereby, BigBlueButton has better browser support, in my tests it worked right away on all modern browsers, including Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android.
To add a video conference to a topic or post, use the “Add BigBlueButton” button from the options dropdown when composing:
- Supports multiple rooms
- Staff users and users from a configurable group are recognized as moderators in the BBB meetings
- Administrators can choose to embed the meeting in Discourse (via iframe) or to redirect to a full page (with separate options for mobile and desktop)
- Shows avatars of users already in the video conference next to the button to join
I would like to thank @Stephen for pointing me to BigBlueButton and for testing and providing feedback for the early versions of the plugin.