Student Choice Breakout Rooms in Zoom
Want more flexible grouping options? Zoom will allow you to create a specific number of groups and students can choose for themselves which room they will join. Be sure to update to the most recent version of the Zoom Client
Start Breakout Groups
When in a meeting, begin breakout rooms by selecting the Breakout Rooms icon at the bottom of the screen.
Once selected, a pop-up will appear asking how many rooms you want to create. Select the appropriate number of groups you would like. Choose "Let participants choose room." Then, select Create.
At this point, you can rename the rooms if you would like.
Rename each room by hovering over the white area to the right of the default room name. Click on Rename and type the new name. (Renaming has to be done by the Host, so this task might be too time-consuming to do during a live class.)
After you have renamed the rooms, students will more easily be able to identify the group they would like to join.
To begin breakout rooms, select Open All Rooms.
Student Choose Room
At this stage, students will see a list of available rooms and can select which room they would like to join. They will need to hover their mouse over the right edge of the room name, then click on Join. Finally, they will click, Yes.
Students Move Between Room
Students have the option of switching breakout rooms by clicking on the Breakout Rooms button, then clicking on Choose Breakout Room and selecting a new room from the list to join.
Assign Student to a Room
The host (teacher) or co-host (TA) can move a student to a different room by hovering over his or her name and selecting which room you want him or her to join. (If students don't have an updated client, you will need to assign them to a group.)
Teacher Join Room
As the host, you will remain in the main meeting room while everyone else is split off. You can open the Breakout Rooms window again and join a group by selecting the blue Join button next to each room's title.
Broadcast a Message
If you want to send a message to the entire group, Broadcast a message to all is a feature that will allow you to type a message to be sent to all of the groups. Find this at the bottom of the Breakout Rooms window.
Within the Breakout Rooms page, select the Close All Rooms on the bottom right to have participants return to the main meeting.
Tips for Using Breakout Rooms
Number of Rooms
You can use set-up up to 50 breakout rooms.
As the host, you can join one breakout room at a time. If you want to monitor students' progress across all rooms, set up a Google Doc that all students can edit and ask students to make notes as they work with their groups. You can see the progress of all the groups on the document. Share the link to the Google Doc in the chat and have students open it before breaking them out into groups because they won't have access to the main room chat when they are in their groups.
If you don't want groups to know what the other groups are discussing you can share a Google Doc with each group and open multiple windows to monitor their progress.
Cloud recordings will not record breakout rooms.