Multiple Organizers and Presenters for Breakout Rooms
Some classes have multiple teachers (ex: IC settings) therefore a team can have multiple teachers assigned to the course. Currently there is only one organizer AKA one person who can start the meeting and now only one person who can implement and monitor breakout rooms. It would be fantastic to have anyone identified as a "presenter" have the ability to create/monitor breakout rooms. I know there is already a vote for multiple presenters so I guess this has two requests in one?
Thank you for your feedback! The team is currently working on extending the management of Breakout Rooms to specific presenters. We will share an update as soon as one is available.
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Co-hosting rights is essential! We need the ability to be able to have a couple of people with Facilitation rights (i.e. ability to control break out rooms, etc) in the event that one person is sick, someone needs to leave the meeting short (for example an all day training seminar), etc. Please rush this through ASAP
Michelle van der Wouden commented
Would be great to have the ability to mark multiple people as "presenter"/"organizer". When co-hosting it is necessary that one of the hosts can create the break-outs, while the other presents.
Rolf Deenen commented
I have had this question from several colleagues. For them this is expected behavior. (together with attendees being able to switch rooms themselves)
Steven Withey commented
This is essential. I run training with multiple trainers and need to be able to move people around during labs
When you create a meeting with a shared mailbox, it's impossible after to change meeting options because then change looks at your connect name not the shared mailbox name. It's very inconvenient when you want to invite people outside your organisation and don't show your real mail adress (when you work with client relationship)
Corine Prins commented
When I make a live event or just a normal teams meeting, often I don't participate. So I don't wanna be the organizer. Many assistents have this problem. Please make it possible to make someone else the organizer. In that case the new organizer has all the options that person needs.
Jan Vanneste commented
Our academic staff is also asking for the functionality. Some of them now unfortunally use zoom because zoom does have that functionality
Priscilla McLarty commented
Yes please! It would be very helpful if my co-teachers had the same abilities that I do.
This is really needed just in case anything happens to the organiser such as wifi issues. Also to help with setting things up behind the scenes while the other person is presenting. This works really well in Zoom.
Multiple organizers will allow for more functionality to allow for larger meetings and more break out rooms. One organizer pushes my group to move to a different platform in order to accommodate larger groups.
Agreed. Multiple organizers would make many things easier, particularly in team teaching scenarios. It's actually surprising to me how frequently it would be convenient to have more than one teacher able to create breakout rooms.
Also, if you are teaching in Teams in a series, and one teacher is absent one day, then there is no ability for the organizer to be reassigned for ease of use.
Yes im loving the breakout rooms but being able to have a co facilitator to move throughout the rooms would be a great update. Especially useful when we have 50 students or more sometimes online.
Totally support this - the absence of this functionality is proving to be a real let down given the nature of education in many institutions.
Christi Ackerman commented
This is not only a convenience issue but a safety issue in many virtual classrooms. Also, during meetings, no one can share their screen or let other members into the room who may have left and need to return.
We have to have the ability for more than just the Meeting Organizer to be able to see and manage. At the minimum other Presenters should be able to. Many Break out room scenarios need monitors, moderators, co-teachers, etc. Please add!
Scott Kielty commented
As Co-Teaching becomes more popular in education, it is imperative to allow both teachers (or Presenters) in a meeting to utilize and manage important features such as Breakout Rooms.
Currently, Breakout Rooms are only able to be managed by the meeting creator. This overlooked feature leaves out all Co-Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Para-Professionals, Instructional Aids, and Principals from participating in Breakout Rooms.
This is an important feature because teachers rely on numerous adults to participate in student's learning but this is holding us back from giving this important service.
Imagine the meeting creator gets sick the day before the lesson, but it requires breakout rooms. The lesson is broken.
Imagine the meeting creator loses connection in the middle of the meeting. The Co-Teacher cannot bring students back. They are stuck in Breakout Rooms.
Please help us support our students by allowing all Co-Teachers and Presenters the ability to access Breakout Room Management.
Since we co-facilitate learning sessions with adults, it would be beneficial to be able to allow someone else (other than the organizer) to create break-out rooms. Sometimes groups are very large, so two-three people facilitate sessions together. This feature would all them to share the load and support each other effectively.
Altagracia Mercado commented
Would it be possible to have instructional aid, co-teachers or any other adults supporting in a class have the same abilities as the organizer when using break out rooms? Right now when made a presenter, they are placed in a break out room like a student.
Monica Sanchez commented
currently the setting to make students presenters in breakout rooms does not exist in the meeting options. In order to do this, I understand that the administrator has to set this for the entire school. Not suitable for all levels. As it is now, teachers have to visit each room to make at least one student a presenter. It takes up too much time. Please make this a setting in meeting options.