Allow to split meeting in separate sessions (breakout rooms)
For online trainnings, we wish to allow to split a meeting into separate sessions. The meeting host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually and can switch between sessions at any time.
The teacher can host a meeting for all classroom and divide sub meetings for students work in small groups and after that they can return to main meeting with all students.
We are excited to announce that Breakout Rooms are now generally available for all customers. For more information, please check out our new blog post available here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/breakout-rooms-is-now-generally-available-in-microsoft-teams/ba-p/1968481
Thank you all for your feedback on this highly requested feature.
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Echoing the need to pre-set breakout rooms. I would even like to be able to auto-assign them based on the private teams channels! It eats up so much time just assigning students to the rooms.
Rebecca Nelson commented
Why are breakout rooms available only if we create meetings from the calendar but not when we create meetings in our channels?
I also feel that being able to present groups is very important. In the limited time we have with students each day, it is really tough to be providing instructions while simultaneously assigning them to breakout rooms after the meeting has started. We need to have the option to do random groups but also to have present groups that can be reused when we have students working in small, collaborative project groups.
I would like to second Terry Burns comment. I have preassigned groups, and it is tedious to have to set them up every single class period.
Similarly, it would be useful to have the automatic assign option every time, not just the first instance of a Team meeting. Since I use the same link recurring, it wastes time every single day to have to manually assign students to breakouts.
I would totally be using Zoom too, if my district hadn't blocked it from student computers.
It is October 19, 2020. When will the new breakout rooms be available to Microsoft Teams users? The original release date was October. What happened?
Is this feature activated on Teams on not yet?
Cami Longueville commented
breakout rooms also need to have screen share capabilities and the ability to assign a host for the breakout room
If you do decide to streamline this (b/c it is currently possible with students either meeting inside a channel, or just inviting other students, but the teacher must pre-decide and communicate the groups or have a system to let the students choose (same as in a real classroom!). I would like this feature, but please don't LOSE the ability to KEEP stuff attached to a small group meeting (i.e. the meeting notes, ability to record and upload the meeting or part of it to stream, SO useful for evaluation and formative feedback and NOT possible in zoom breakout rooms where everything is LOST when the room closes and screen capts, uploads and downloads are necessary and students can do very little inside the environment, and nothing is kept.
You can easily create your own by adding 'breakout room' channels to your Team: open for discussion work and private ones for group work with fixed groups. Ask students to start a video call in the breakout room channel and you can pop in to monitor.
Eduardo Aspe commented
Just saw this on the message center about breakout room function.
You must be a meeting organizer to see the option. Meeting attendees and presenters will not see the breakout rooms option.
If the Organizer is not present but we have set presenters in the meeting options they should also be able to use the breakroom function.
This is such an important function to boost student collaboration and team work during remote learning. Please expedite the development of this!
Terry Burns commented
I'll need to use Zoom until such time as the breakout room feature is up and running on Teams. I'd also suggest adding the ability to have preset break-out groups. When I teach, I have students in pairs, in groups of four, as well as, other configuration, depending on the learning activity. Being able to have pre-assigned break-out groups based on the class list would be helpful. Especially since it can happen that certain students are not allowed to be together. Or, I may want heterogeneous or homogeneous groups for set learning purposes. Ideally, having the ability to have 3 or 4 pre-set breakouts groups per class (Team?) would be very helpful.
Matthew Meskill commented
Please add this feature. It's desperately needed.
Rooms which you could assign by talking to participants or selecting them in main meeting. Teacher able to visit throughout/pop inthe meeting time. This many rooms required so you can have pair work and switch people easily so they can do this with limited understanding of what they are doing.
We work in mental health training, some of the subject matter for this can be upsetting to individuals. A breakout room where we could take people to talk to them and then return to the main training session would be very welcome.
Martin Soby commented
Please, Please add a breakout room feature instead of channels. Let the breakout room be done during the meeting.
Roy Johnson commented
Hi Michael (and others). Please go and add your vote here: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/35000044-introduce-breakout-room-functionality as this is in the top 10 most requested features and is being worked on now. Thanks. Roy :-)
Ashaz Ahmed commented
Can Microsoft please add a breakout room feature as our school uses it a lot
Great idea! Very useful for teaching with cooperative learning.
Create breakout rooms for easy team work. Integrate more collaborative boards to facilitate group work.
This feature would make Teams a much more attractive option to use for education. Zoom is currently superior to Teams in this category. Please make this a priority so we can use this feature in the 2020-21 school year.