Instructors: Breakout Rooms

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For instructors: explains how to set up Breakout Rooms in Virtual Classroom. To ensure the best experience possible, please follow our Basic System Requirements.

Quick Tips

  • Depending on your organization, Breakout Rooms may be a premium feature.
  • Breakout rooms are only available for instructor-scheduled sessions.

About Breakout Rooms

In Virtual Classroom, instructors can temporarily divide learners into 2-6 Breakout Rooms - small groups for discussion. Learners can upload presentationsannotate content, and share their desktop. The work in this space will not be saved or recorded. 

Create

To initiate Breakout Rooms, click the Actions button in the bottom left corner. Select Breakout Rooms.

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  1. Select the number of breakout rooms you would like to create. Maximum number of rooms you can create is 6.
  2. Indicate the time limit for the breakout.
  3. Drag and drop names to assign them to the preferred Breakout Room.
  4. When finished, click Create.

Then, learners receive an invitation to join their assigned Breakout Room. The first person to enter the breakout room will be assigned the Moderator role.

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Note: if a user joins late you will be able to add them to the breakout room by selecting invite to breakout rooms (pictured below).

Every new breakout room has its own unique dial-in number. When a dial-in user uses another device for other meeting functions, they can access the chat in the new breakout room to access the dial-in number. If the only way they’ve joined the meeting is with their phone, then someone else from that breakout room will need to send them the dial-in information separately.

Monitor

You can monitor Breakout Rooms by clicking the Actions button and selecting Show breakout rooms.

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To join a Breakout Room, click Enter Room. The Breakout Room will open a new tab.

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You can also join a Breakout Room by clicking on the caret icon next to the meeting name.

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If you would like to leave one room and join another, close the Breakout Room tab and repeat the process above.

Close

There is a countdown timer in the Breakout Room. Learners will automatically rejoin the Virtual Classroom when the timer runs out. You can also end the Breakout Room session early by clicking the Actions button and selecting Close all breakout rooms (pictured above under "Monitor").

Exclamation.png Your audio in the primary meeting space will have disconnected when you joined the breakout room, so click the Join Audio button in the lower portion of the screen to enable your audio connection.

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You can also engage your learners through chat and polling.

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