Breakout Rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting into small groups automatically or manually. Breakout rooms mimic in-person small group discussions, seperate from the main meeting. Participants have full audio, video and screen sharing capabilities.
Each breakout room can have a maximum of 200 participants.
You can create up to 50 separate sessions/breakout rooms. Meetings with 200 participants may only have 30 breakout rooms, while meetings with fewer participants may have more.
If you already know how you want to split up your participants, you can pre-assign breakout rooms.
Breakout rooms can be populated with members of your D2L Brightspace course groups.
Once the rooms are open, participants will be prompted to join their respective breakout rooms.
The host has the following options:
Join any breakout room, at any time, by clicking 'Join' beside the desired Breakout Room.As the host, you also have the option to move participants from one room to nother by clicking 'Move To' beside the participant’s name.
Exchange a participant from one Breakout Room for another participant in another breakout room by clicking 'Exchange' beside the participant’s name (not shown).
Broadcast a message that will be seen to every breakroom by clicking the 'Broadcast a message to all’ button at the bottom of the Breakout Rooms window.
End the breakout rooms by clicking the red 'Close All Rooms' button at the bottom of the Breakout Rooms window. It is important to note that you can close all rooms, and open all rooms once again.
Move all participants into breakout rooms automatically.
This option allows you to automatically move participants into breakout rooms in manual mode.
Allow participants to return to the main session at any time
This option allows participants in breakout rooms to move back to the main session at any time.
Breakout Rooms close automatically after: __ minutes - Notify me when time is up
This option allows you to automatically set how long breakout rooms will be opened for.
Countdown after closing breakout room - set countdown timer: __ seconds
This option creates a countdown with the determined duration after the “close all rooms” button is clicked.
Pre-assign students to breakout rooms
If you know how you want the students to be grouped in advance, you can pre-assign the students to their respective breakout rooms in Zoom. If you are using the Groups feature in D2L Brightspace, you can even export the group membership to use for Zoom breakout rooms.
Sign into ryerson.zoom.us,, external link, opens in new window make sure you have 'Breakout Rooms' enabled and 'Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling' enabled. These options are found in the Advanced Meeting settings in the settings menu.
Step 1: On the left hand side, select 'Meetings.'
Step 2: Then click on 'Schedule a New Meeting.' Fill the prompts and create a new meeting. If you already have scheduled a new meeting previously, click on 'Edit this Meeting' to access the next steps.
Step 3: Located at the bottom of the page are Meeting Options. To pre-assign participants into breakout rooms, checkmark the 'Breakout Room pre-assign' box.
Create Rooms: create your own breakout rooms and invite participants manually.
Import from CSV: create breakout rooms through a CSV file.