Last Updated: January 27th, 2017

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The term “whiteboard” is used to describe computer software applications that function like dry-erase boards. Virtual whiteboards allow one or more people to write or draw on the whiteboard simultaneously. Whiteboards are a common collaboration tool in distance education.

Application to All Courses


  • Virtual brainstorming exercises.


  • Visual presentations.
  • Functions to replace the traditional whiteboard or chalkboard.
  • Allows students to write on the whiteboard for examples and presentations

Getting Started

Most whiteboard applications are a part of a learning management system, or part of a virtual classroom.

Whiteboards usually function similarly to a text editing program such as Microsoft Word. In addition, most whiteboards include tools that will allow the user to take screen captures, group objects, load pre-made presentations, and manipulate objects on the screen.

Take a look at an example of how to use the whiteboard feature in BigBlueButton

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