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Links Overview: What are conferences?

Support: Contact Instructure

  Usage: Using BigBlueButton (Canvas Conferences) twitter.png  facebook.png  youtube.jpeg
  Status page Sales: Conferences is built-in (Free Tier).  Contact your Instructure Sales representative for upgrading to Premium Tier.


Welcome to your built-in Virtual Classroom

Canvas Conferences is a virtual classroom that has been available as part of your Canvas subscription since 2014. Today, over 1,000 Canvas customers use conferences for their virtual classes.

Conferences come in two versions: Free Tier (part of your Canvas subscription) and Premium Tier (available as an upgrade).  

In the Free Tier, recordings expire after 14 days.  The Free Tier is scalable up to 10 concurrent sessions and 25 users per sessions.  If you need more, we recommend looking closely at upgrading to the Premium Tier.

The Premium Tier gives you permanent recordings, integration with Canvas Studio, classroom analytics, and more.  On the Premium Tier, sessions can have up to 100 users, and we can scale to as many concurrent sessions as you need: we have some schools running just a few concurrent sessions, and others running over 5,000 concurrent sessions.

Upgrading to the Premium Tier is easy as well: contact your Canvas Representative for pricing and upgrades.

Built for Teachers

Canvas Conferences is built upon BigBlueButton, the web conferencing system designed for one market: Online Learning.  

We focus on three areas: Integration, Engagement, and Analytics.


It’s easy for your students to join a conference: it’s a single click within the course.  There is no plugin required, nor any need to login to an external application.



After the conference is over, the recordings are visible within Canvas.



As an instructor, after a recorded class finishes, you will receive a notification from Canvas when the recording is ready for you and your students to view.


BigBlueButton has all the standard features that you would expect, plus many more which are focused on enabling you to engage your students.

  • Multi-user whiteboard
  • Breakout rooms
  • Chat (public and private)
  • Polling
  • Shared notes

Looking for a list of all these features?  The following articles in the Canvas knowledge base contain more details:

The two videos below walk you through how students and teachers can use BigBlueButton.



Visit for more tutorial videos.


Interested to know which students participated in the conference?  For every recorded session, the Instructor will get an additional recording format called Statistics.


This format gives you a high level overview of the conference including it’s duration, number of students and number of moderators present.

You can also review detailed information by student. Look at all students at once or dive into each student's specific data.  Here is a short video of what the Statistics feature provides.

More Information


We are WCAG 2.0 AA (with exceptions).  For a full report (including our VPAT) see accessibility


HECVAT status -
Data encryption Encrypted both at rest and in transit
Countries of data storage See
Data storage method Cloud

Data retention policy

14 days Free Tier, for Premium Tier we retain data as long as you have a Premium Tier subscription.
Incident management program, policy, and testing We have an internal incident management plan.
Disaster recovery and business continuity plan and testing We have an internal disaster recover plan.
Security Standard Certificates -
Third party testing and security controls practices We do yearly penetration testing on our hosting.



Privacy policy link
COPPA policy link -
Privacy department/officer contact:  Richard Alam, CTO.
Types of data collected See
Personally identifiable or personal data collected See
Data Deletion Request Process See
Third Party Data Sharing & Opt-out See
Cookies or Tracking Technologies used See
Analytics performed on Customer Data For internal for support only
Data correlation practices For internal support uses only
Privacy Certifications or Seals -
Targeted Advertising using user data None
Privacy or data protection impact assessments -
Privacy Law Compliance GDPR, FERPA

Integration Instructions

If you are looking for installation instructions, we must disappoint you. BigBlueButton is built-into Canavs as Canvas Conferences.  You already have it - there is nothing for you to install.

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