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Breakout rooms in Zoom

Creating breakout rooms

Please note that regular attendees cannot create breakout rooms. This privilege is limited to the host and the co-hosts.

During a meeting | Before a meeting

During a meeting

While inside of a Zoom meeting:

  1. Click "Breakout Rooms".
  2. Select the number of rooms you would like to create and how you would like to assign your attendees to those rooms:
    • Automatically: Let Zoom split your participants up evenly into each of the rooms.
    • Manually: Choose which participants you would like in each room.
    • Let participants choose room: Participants can select and enter rooms on their own. 
  3. Click Create Breakout Rooms.
  4. Your rooms will be created, but will not start automatically.
  5. Click "Options" if using Windows, or the gear icon if using Mac. This pulls up the breakout room options.
  6. Enable any desired options, such as automatically closing breakout rooms after a pre-determined time or allowing attendees to return to the main meeting room at any time that they desire.
  7. If the manual option for room assignment was chosen: Click "Assign" next to the breakout room that you wish to assign attendees to and then select the attendees that you want sent to that room.
  8. Click "Open All Rooms" to begin the breakout room session.

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Before a meeting

In order to assign attendees to breakout rooms before the meeting begins, one must enable it in the settings.

  1. Sign in to the University's Zoom portal.
  2. Click "Settings" on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click "In Meeting (Advanced)" and scroll down to "Breakout room".
  4. Check the checkbox beside "Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling".
  5. Click "Save".

Now that setting up breakout rooms before a meeting is enabled, the following is how to assign an attendee before the meeting starts:

  1. Click "Meetings" and then click "Schedule a meeting".
  2. Fill out the meeting information, attendees, and settings as one usually would.
  3. Click "Show" at the bottom beside "Options" and then check the checkbox beside "Breakout Room pre-assign".
  4. Click "Create rooms". The little plus sign beside "Rooms" on the next page allows one to add another room every time it is clicked.
  5. In the "Add participants" bar, enter the email address of the attendee and click it to add them to the room.
  6. When finished, click "Save" to go back to the "Schedule a meeting" creation page.

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Issues or Concerns?