Clay Gibney, Director of TechnologyUpdated: February 2021
Zoom’s breakout room feature allows you to split your Zoom meeting into separate sessions (up to 50). It’s a terrific feature in Zoom, but there are a number of gotchas and quirks. Here at SAIS, we have been managing a ton of Zoom breakout rooms this year. So we hope our experiences might help you.
Zoom provides a basic overview on how to use breakout rooms in a YouTube video (3 minute length). But before you can even try it out, you have to activate the feature as it’s disabled by default. Visit your Zoom “In Meeting” settings page to enable it. I recommend enabling the optional setting for “Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling”. It doesn’t hurt to have that as an option.
While it’s pretty easy to manually assign a small number of people to breakout rooms during an active Zoom call, it can be time consuming and difficult to try and assign a lot of people into specific rooms. Here are some tips and caveats on using Zoom’s CSV File Import feature.
We hope these tips and lessons learned are helpful to you. If you have any feedback or suggestions for improving this article, please let Clay know.
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