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.
Work is continuing on this highly requested feature. We want to make sure that you can do collaborative learning or group tasks in an online class meeting or staff training.
Please see the roadmap for status here: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams&searchterms=65332.
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.
P Schrauwen commented
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.
Preston Reynolds commented
It's coming! Currently "In Progress"
Kimberly Mecham commented
And have a feature to bring everyone back to the main classroom with one button.
Aaron Rummery commented
when students need help within a class, it would be nice to have a room within the meeting that you can break out in
This would be an outstanding addition to allow group work amongst students - particularly in remote learning environments in practical subjects.
Linda Koyen commented
5. Also give option in BreakOut rooms for teacher to open up which room the students would like to go into. The teacher could give options list, students choose which to join. Teacher can lock student ability to change groups or keep it open.