Using BlueJeans Apps

BlueJeans comes equipped with applications that can be used during lectures to assist with content delivery. The built-in applications outlined in this article are those available when creating and joining a meeting through Canvas. Some of the same tools may also be available when joining a meeting using the BlueJeans app or web browser, but not all will be. 

Before You Start 

You will need the following before you can complete this task: 

  • A published Canvas site
  • A Virtual Meeting created within Canvas
  • The latest version of the BlueJeans app installed on your device.

Accessing the Applications

  1. The meeting organizer will launch the Canvas course.
  2. Select Virtual Meetings in the left sidebar.
  3. Locate the appropriate BlueJeans Session under the New BlueJeans Meeting section and click the Join button.
  4. Click on the APPS icon in the top right of the BlueJeans screen.
  5. The APPS panel will appear, revealing all of the available applications.

Breakout Sessions

We have had limited success with this feature in the classroom. If breakout groups are critical to your class we recommend you assign them ahead of time and have students create their own Virtual Meetings per group (see Method 2 below).

All users (students and faculty) need to have the latest BlueJeans App for best results.

When using BlueJeans via Canvas there are two ways to break students into groups for more intimate collaboration. 

  1. The meeting organizer, or the person who scheduled the BlueJeans meeting, can use the Breakout Rooms app within BlueJeans to create up to 20 rooms and assign students to them. 
  2. Each group can designate a meeting organizer and have them invite only their group members to the meeting. 

The recommended method will depend on whether the groups have already been assigned or they should be assigned randomly at the time of the exercise. 

Note: The option exists to choose which students to move into any particular breakout room during the meeting; however, this option is not recommended. Students would have to be assigned to rooms one by one, which is time consuming for large classes.  Also, the assigning can't be done until all students have joined the meeting.

Breakout rooms are not recommended for office hours. Instead, we recommend scheduling meetings with students (you can use Canvas Appointments to set this up) and create  separate BJ meetings.

Method 1: Using Breakout Sessions

This method is recommended when the groups are to be randomly assigned during class. Only the meeting organizer has access to the Breakout Session feature within BlueJeans. If you would prefer someone other than yourself be in control of creating the breakout rooms, it is best for that person to create the class meeting within Canvas. It is important to note that this person will also have access to the moderator controls and can mute participants, as needed. 

To have the most success with Breakout Sessions ensure that all Virtual Meeting participants are joined using the latest version of the BlueJeans app.

Method 2: A student from each group creates their group meeting

In this method, each pre-assigned group should designate a student to be the meeting organizer and moderator. That student should follow the directions to create a Virtual meeting in Canvas, at the beginning of this document.

Recording Breakout Sessions

Each individual breakout session will be recorded if the original Virtual Meeting had auto-record enabled (as is our recommendation) AND that recording process was not stopped and restarted manually.

Only a meeting moderator, denoted by a star in the participants list, can manually start a recording in an individual breakout session. Keep in mind the moderator can only start a recording in a breakout session they are currently in.


The Whiteboard feature can come in handy when participants need to view what you are writing in real time. It can take the place of writing on a whiteboard or using a document camera in the classroom.


The built-in Annotation feature can be used to mark up a slide or any application window during your presentation. Before choosing annotation, it is recommended that all other applications with sensitive content be closed completely.

Upload & share video

If you are planning to share videos during your synchronous lecture, using the Upload and share video application will boost the video and audio quality. 

Windows users need to download additional software to make this feature work.