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Tips for dealing with classroom disruptions

Teaching disruptions by students occur - in face-to-face teaching as well as in distance learning.

Of course, these disruptions should primarily be countered pedagogically - meaningfully directly with the disruptive person and, if necessary, outside the classroom. However, BigBlueButton also offers a number of technical options for responding to a specific situation.

Misuse of the "shared notes"

BigBlueButton's “shared notes” are a great collaboration tool during a web conference. When used correctly, joint texts can be created, ideas can be collected or a protocol of the lesson that is transparent for all participants can be created.

Because it is practically impossible to understand who wrote which parts of the text in the "shared notes", this function also encourages nonsense. Schoolchildren may write something offensive or offensive in the “shared notes” - and delete it after a short time, so that the teacher can only do this via a red notification icon sees.

It is therefore advisable to deactivate the “shared notes” for corresponding learning groups. Especially if you don't want to use them for class.

This can be done - also ad hoc - under the point "Restrict participant rights" set after clicking on the gear icon appears above the list of participants.

As shown here, the slider of the item "Edit shared notes" must be set to "locked". In the same way, the use of the public and private chat by the conference participants can be prevented.

Update February 2021: In the Moodle instances of BelWü, the "shared notes" as well as the remaining participant rights can be blocked in the BBB activity settings before the start of the conference.

Interference from heckling or noise

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, there are sometimes noises in a web conference. Fortunately, the originators are easy to identify as the names of the “loud” conference participants are shown above the presentation.

Participants who are currently speaking are shown with a bright indicator. If the person concerned has stopped talking, the indicator remains darkened for a short time before it disappears again. In this way, the disruptor can be easily identified.

As shown here, these participants can be specifically muted by clicking on the indicator icon.

Persistent disruptions to the conference

There is a technical ultima ratio for gross and lasting misconduct during a conference: Conference participants can be removed from the conference.

The exclusion is either temporary or permanent for the rest of the conference.

  • If you check the box next to "Block participants so that they can no longer participate in this conference." Notthe person concerned can return immediately.

    This means that the person concerned may not perceive the measure as a sanction at all, but presumably as a technical problem.

  • If the check mark is set, the person concerned has no opportunity to return to the BBB conference.

Teaching disruptions to which one cannot or should not react technically

  • In the group rooms, all students have the role of moderator. This is necessary and sensible, as this is the only way they can work well together, e.g. share their screen. A function to restrict participant rights in breakout rooms is therefore not provided.

  • Sometimes students enjoy joining the conference several times (usually in several browser tabs). Then they appear several times in the list of participants, which is irritating and reduces the clarity.

    Removing the “duplicate” students from the conference as described above is not a good solution. The “Remove Participant” function removes both the “duplicates” and the actual student with just one click.

    A clear admonition to the person concerned is probably more effective.

What to do in the event of serious violations?


In the case of serious violations, as in classroom teaching, measures according to §90 SchG may be necessary. Discuss this with your school management. The media pedagogical advice center of the LMZ offers further advice. Here you can get support in the field of youth media protection.


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