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.
Linda Koyen commented
As you are designing the Breakout Room feature....
1.4-6 groups that I'd be able to "send" or "assign" student into ( and they don't get to travel to another). And annotate on common whiteboard or document that is saved to teacher automatically for "sharing screen" in later discussion. This gives teacher the ability to sequence the screen sharing to optimize the whole group discussion following the small group work.
2. Within Breakout Rooms, give the teacher of having a "Walk around" feature similar to walking around a classroom. For instance, when I click/ or hover my mouse over one group, that group get louder and all others are reduced in volume to a small whisper. Click on the next group and the first group is reduced to whisper while the next group is now full volume for me....but kids in BreakOut rooms only hear each other.
4. My talking goes to the BreakOut room that my mouse is clicked on. So I can give suggestions to that group only and others are not interrupted in their groupwork.
Michael J Barnes commented
I have been a fan of Teams since we started using it for collaborative purposes with my university but with the need to teach from a distance due to COVID-19, I quickly recognized that it was insufficient for classroom purposes. Unlike the video conferencing competitors, there is no way to have breakout rooms where people can go in and out of the primary meeting.
This is hugely important. One additional feature I'd like to emphasise is the ability to force-recall all students back to the main meeting.
Ahmad Moussa commented
Please we need this feature for our students to work in groups.
This is essential in teaching practice classes like communication, psychology, social work, nursing, teaching, etc. The ability to do groups of 2, 4, and change it up throughout the session. Both manual and random group selection in addition to them having the ability to go in and out of the same breakout room which Zoom allows. Thanks,
Yes Please this is very appreciated when teaching foreign languages!
See https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/35000044-introduce-breakout-room-functionality - let's collect the votes there!
It would be nice to have an easy way to have breakout rooms.