Introduce breakout room functionality
We have a business requirement for breakout rooms with live events. The idea is pretty simple - we plan to use live events to host internal staff training webinars and as part of that, at times we will ask for small groups of people (typically 4-5) to go away into a breakout room and come back to the group with their answer/idea.
We would like to see this functionality be introduced to Microsoft Teams for not only live events but also video calls. This would provide feature parity with pre-existing tools such as Zoom, WebEx and many more which would be a cost saving for us.
Features we would expect as part of breakout rooms would be as follows:
- Option to assign users to a specific room
- Option to random assign users to a specific room
- Presenters/producers can switch between rooms
- Breakout rooms have a time limit for how long they last before everyone being bought back to the group
- The ability to appoint a moderator of a breakout room
- The ability to record each and every room separately (This is a dream ask)
Happy to provide more detail as required.
Thank you for your continued feedback. The feature team is actively working on this highly requested feature. We are testing the first release that will have the ability for meeting hosts to create breakout rooms, assign the users to the rooms and call them back to the main room. Please see our roadmap for current status here: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=65332.
Pistle Jumbo commented
Before your scheduled Teams meeting time, create a new channel for Breakout Rooms. Select the three dots to the right of your class name and select 'Add channel' from the menu. If you want to keep each breakout group private for those participants only, create a separate channel for each breakout group.
Let's assume we have 4 rooms with 4 teachers.
40 students want to be taught for 10 minutes in each room by each teacher.
Every ten minutes the class rotates, but the teachers stay in their (BREAKOUT) rooms.
Is this possible with breakout rooms for teams?
Fixed hosts/speakers in breakout rooms and ONLY the students/other participants are rotated after a certain time?
if yes, how?
Rebecca Reed commented
Allow pre-assignment of breakout rooms
Allow saving a breakout room for future days
Allow announcements from main room to breakout room
I have trialled this now and notice it only works when you start a meeting from the calendar. The feature is very useful but cannot be used for most of our meetings yet. Do you know when it will be possible to do this from meetings started within a Team or a channel?
Hello - I have a question on Microsoft break out rooms
1) Can you have more than 1 organizer/moderator? (Person who can add people to meeting and assign to breakout rooms?
2) I recently was testing and it would not allow me to assign to emails @comcast.net and an @hotmail email to a room. Error message: User can not be added to room - WHY????
3) Can I leave a room open between 9-4pm for users to collaborate? Thanks
Alan Teal commented
Being able to present to all the breakout rooms at the same time and they can then collaborate independently chatting without the other groups hearing. The ability for a room to then ask a question to the presenter would be really helpful.
Alyssa D. commented
Parent of a Kindergarten student here, and my son's class is using Teams. Right now, if she wants to meet with 3-5 students, or even just one on one quickly for their sight word test, the teacher has to leave the general meeting, and has created an entire seperate "room" for this meeting, leaving the rest of the class unattended (she gives them something to do, and of course they are home with their parents).
But it would be very cool, and helpful, if she could be able to keep an eye on the whole class, but only speak to either one, or a few, at a time. Where only those students can hear each other but the rest of the class cannot. She would be able to choose to talk to just one at a time, privately. Maybe this is how the breakout rooms would work.
I also have a second grader using a laptop and if one student is having an issue with an assignment or finding an assignment, the entire class has to listen to the teacher explaining how to fix it while working on their assignment. So a breakout room would be good here for the students that found the assignment, but the teacher could just speak to those having issues finding it.
Randy Fine commented
Breakout rooms tested today in Teams desktop app for education. Creator was a able to leave some rooms (no participants) using the leave/end room control. Did not have that choice in other rooms (also no attendants). Windows 10
José Castro commented
Microsoft has an “education support center” that has an abysmal disconnection from education centers, oxymoronic. Microsoft has no clue of the School District experience with Teams. Teachers see the break out rooms icon on their Teams screen and that’s all, because you cannot do anything with that icon. It feels MS put it there just to calm people down. It’s the most burlesque and faux move I have seen in the tech companies competition. The same thing with “assignments” and “class”. Teacher cannot use those. We see the icons, but MS doesn’t provide access to teachers, so we cannot create channels, then you cannot add classes and cannot use break out rooms. The experience is depressing. With 30 quiet circles with initials pointing at you (yes, students do not want to turn on their cameras) a normal discussion cannot happen. Teacher goes through the torturing agony of lecturing to the wall for an hour.
Bring it on!
This tool would really help as we pivot to virtual meetings moving forward. THANK YOU!
This would be so useful to us as we are planning meetings that have these needs, and don't want to go the Zoom route
Break out room in its current state leaves the user with a very confusing experience, we as any organisation would like to see similar functionality as zoom which is very user friendly.
I would really, really love to have the option to have "open rooms". Think of an unconference where different rooms have different themes, and you let the participants choose which room to go to, and they are allowed to move around freely.
It's 2020, let people decide themselves what they want to discuss :)
Bitte nicht machen das ist nicht wichtig! Bitte Kümmer Sie sich um wichtige sachen!
We are currently using breakout rooms at our school during virtual learning. Routinely students are not pulled into their rooms, I have to try to put them in by hand. It is hard to create new rooms because the members are randomly populating the list rather than alphabetically. The system kicks people out when they leave a room rather than returning them to the main room. There really is a huge host of problems and I genuinely hope you are working with teachers in real classrooms to find out what issues they are having. As it is, I will not be using breakout rooms any more and I will be creating meetings for students to go to because it is far more time efficient until you figure out these issues. If I was allowed, I would be using Zoom. Just saying. You need to fix this stuff.
Breakout room functionality is a must for better interactive teaching and student experience.
I'm a teacher with 27 students, and trying to incorporate the chat room feature into my instruction. So far it has not worked. I was able to set up rooms, but when starting the groups, 7 of my students remained. Also, when I joined groups to check in, I could not hear them though they could hear each other.
We need to be able to assign people RANDOMLY to break out groups so that we can mix people up in groups.
Ask Zoom how they do their breakout rooms. They work well.
Micah Womacks commented
My feedback for the Breakout Groups is...
The user needs to be able to jump between the groups quickly in the same pop out box.
The user needs to be able to post in a chat that goes to all breakout groups simultaneously, rather than having to write it 4 or 5 different times in different chats.
Be able to move attendees to different breakout groups after they have already accepted an invitation to one (this might be functional already...).
Resend an invitation to an attendee, as there has been some issues with attendees never receiving it and staying in the main session with no way to move them out.