Pre-Assign Students to Breakout Rooms
Could there be a feature where teachers can pre-assign (before the class starts) students to groups based on the invited attendees list. Currently, you have to wait for students to enter the main meeting and then assign each one to a room or randomly assign, which can be challenging when implementing roles or differentiation activities.
Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to announce that capability for the meeting organizer to perform breakout room configurations and participant assignments prior to the start of the meeting is now available to users who have opted into Public Preview.
For details on switching to the Microsoft Teams Public Preview version, please see : https://aka.ms/TeamsPublicPreview.
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Yes, please! It takes up so much time just re-assigning them to the rooms every class.
Ability to auto assign students into a selected number of breakout rooms instead of manual distribution
I would like the ability to make breakout rooms and assign people before a meeting starts. Having to make these as a channel is a pain.
Heather Wenzler commented
Currently, teachers can only add students manually when the students actually join the meeting. It would be great to have the ability of creating pre-set groups for the breakout rooms so that the breakout rooms are set up in advance: this is a HUGE time-saver for educators.
Love that there are breakout rooms now in Teams that automatically drop kids into and pull them out of the room! Thank you!
However, it would be helpful for teachers to pre-assign/pre-load those groups prior to the beginning of the meeting versus once the meeting begins. It is difficult for teachers to create those rooms with pre-assigned groups (strategically place kids in rooms for maximum learning) while giving instruction once the meeting has started.
Another help would be to have those groups save for future meetings or until the teacher manually changes them.
Angela F commented
Teachers or meeting leaders should have the ability to assign students to "rooms" or subgroups, rather than them leaving and trying to find the subgroups on their own. This will help with navigation for those who are less familiar with the platform (language barriers, lack of tech usage, etc).