[Faccus] Breakout Rooms now available in Microsoft Teams!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
What is happening? Breakout Rooms are now available in Microsoft Teams. Breakout Rooms allow meeting organizers to divide meeting attendees into groups within the meeting; each breakout room is a sub-meeting within the original meeting. 
  • Breakout Rooms can be used to facilitate small group discussions, brainstorming activities, or networking events. 
  • Each Teams meeting can have up to 50 Breakout Rooms.
  • Meeting attendees can be automatically assigned to a random room or manually assigned to a specific room. 
  • Breakout Rooms can be set up to automatically bring participants back to the main meeting or set up to allow attendees to rejoin the meeting manually.
  • Breakout Rooms can be used on the desktop, web, and mobile versions of Teams. 
How do I get access to Breakout Rooms? The 'new meeting experience' in Teams must be enabled in order to access the Breakout Rooms feature. To enable the new meeting experience, click on your Profile Picture in the top-right of the Teams window > click Settings > select 'Turn on new meeting experience' under Application settings. For detailed instructions with screenshots, see: https://uwaterloo.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ISTKB/pages/519208984/How+to+enable+the+new+meeting+experience+in+Teams
 
For more information about Microsoft Teams, visit the IST Knowledge Base: https://uwaterloo.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ISTKB/pages/262013359/Teams
 
Download the Teams desktop or mobile app: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/microsoft-teams/download-app
 
Questions or concerns? Contact the IST Service Desk, helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 44357.
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