Teams Breakout Rooms

Teams now has breakout room built into meeting. This new feature will allow you to both automatically or manually create smaller meetings during your class. This form of breakout is good for short in class meetings, the channel-based breakout option is still good if you have a long term group project for the students.

Starting Breakout Rooms

  1. In the upper right of your screen the Breakout icon will appear. To start the breakout process, select the icon.
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  2. This will open the Create Breakout Rooms menu
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  3. In this menu you can select how many breakout rooms you would like (1 to 50)
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  4. You can then have the system automatically assign the participants to the break outs or you can manually add the participants. NOTE: with either option you have the ability to move participants between breakouts manually.
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  5. Once all settings are selected click Create Rooms
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  6. This will open the Breakout room panel on the rights side of your meetings. Here you will see your rooms, who is in them, and tools to add or edit the rooms.
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  7. To manually move people between rooms, select the room where the person is. Select the person, assign, and then the room you would like them to be in.
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  8. Once the rooms are ready you can send people to the room by clicking Start rooms
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  9. When the rooms are opened the icon next to the breakout turns from gray to green
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  10. To enter the room, select the Open button and then select Join room
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  11. The room will open in another meeting window and put you on hold in the main room.

  12. To close the rooms, in the main room click the Close rooms This will, send a message and close the room.
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When the breakouts are set up you can make an announcement to all users by selecting the more actions options in the breakout panel.

From here select Make an announcement and type your announcement.
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Participants will see this as a notification and will appear as a chat.
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Breakout Room Video