"Wait in lobby" for student (participants) in scheduled meetings
In order to use scheduled meetings for teaching is necessary that the meeting organizer can force student to "wait in lobby" if they try to enter the meeting before the teacher.
In my case, students are part of the organization, they are not guests. For this reason, this functionality for my school is not possible.
The possibility to force participants (even if part of the organization) in the lobby is necessary, because otherwise students could use the scheduled meeting to enter by their own and talk privately without the teacher.
Thanks again for your feedback on this. The team has begun working on an option requiring everyone other than the meeting organizer to go thru the lobby. We will continue to evaluate our best option to release with increased priority.
If, in addition to a per meeting control, you are looking for admin level control to prevent students from starting any meeting or any calls without educators present, and want to apply this control regardless of whether a meeting organizer remembers to change the lobby option, please vote on this UV item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39962347
Gordon Chang from Teams
Ángel Ortiz commented
Microsoft Teams is a necessity in learning for students working from home in these times. Supervision is absolutely necessary for them to have a clear sense of direction so they can accomplish and achieve their goals. Ángel Ortiz
Dear Gordon Chang
It's been nearly a month since your last update on this.
Surely it shouldn't take the Microsoft 'team' this long to put what seems like a relatively simple yet obviously crucial safeguarding measure in place.
Isacc Andres Dominguez commented
El lobby o sala de espera o vestibulo es necesario para poder tratar temas previo a una reunión
The lobby is very important and urgent.
When we picked Teams over Zoom for online lessons it was for better safeguarding. The summer term is going to end and we won’t have this feature yet. Which really is incomprehensible to me. The option is there for people from a different organisation why not offer it for all?? The stress and issues brought on because we are yet to be allowed to enforce for pupils to wait in a lobby or preventing them from starting meetings makes me wonder if we should not move across to zoom after all.
A Khan commented
This feature is URGENT, kids can start meeting and causes massive problems. The lobby option shoudl be defaulted to all users except the creater owner of the meeting.
Andy Yule commented
We need this feature really urgently, we are just about to start delivering lessons online and then the ability for students to enter a meeting early or after the teacher has left is a critical issue. We have applied the recommended student policy and they cannot start any calls direct or schedule meetings. Any meeting that was scheduled allows the student to view meeting details and then re-join! Using the work around of Meet Now prevents that from happening BUT you cannot make yourself the only presenter!
Super frustrating - I don't know if we can use it currently.
Dear Gordon Chang - i am really surprised this is still outstanding - do you not read the comments from users clearly identifying the urgent need for this from a school safeguarding perspective???
Mr Johnson commented
Also a useful addition would be the ability to "lock" a meeting so that once students have been admitted from Lobby, no new students can join. Or perhaps have this as a time option such that, the teacher sets a time limit after which, no new student can join.
Martin Stubbs commented
It's not just in education where this facility would be useful
yes, it is an urgent requirement
Basic Functionality required for all organisations. if the option to allow people to bypass by various criteria then the option to have nobody bypass must be a very simple implementation. this should be a one day fix. not months
Kathryn Peake commented
Please prioritise this! Students on-line before the teacher gets there (which may well happen if the teacher has two classes in a row with no break) can potentially cause trouble. They can be stopped from creating teams, so this should be possible too.
Precisamos muito desse recurso. Evita transtorno de disciplina.
There needs to be granular control. The OP is correct, this is a must, but the 'automatically' part of the suggestion could be omitted, thus teachers can then send students back to the lobby and wait until a suitable time to be allowed back into the room.
please make change in such a way that team owner can join meeting without waiting in lobby but team members haveto wait in lobby
Actually, this is not a bad idea. Kids need time WITHOUT adults, and then they wait until the teacher comes. Microsoft, please don't patch this.
Neil Constant commented
Any update on this as it’s an extremely important feature.
ETA please. Urgently Required.