Breakout Rooms


Breakout rooms are used for online group work.  Students are separated into 'private' online rooms, allowing them to meet with just their group to discuss the class activity.  Once the discussion period has ended, students are able to go back into the 'Main' room to share group thoughts. 

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Define Breakout Rooms and Assign Members

While in a meeting or training session, hosts can create breakout rooms and send attendees into the rooms.

  1. In the Attendees pod, click the Breakout Room View button .Note: Only the host sees the Breakout Room View of the Attendees pod.
  2. In the Attendees pod, three breakout rooms are available by default; click the Create A New Breakout button  until you have the number of rooms you want (the maximum available is 20).
  3. Assign attendees to breakout rooms by doing either of the following:
    • Manually select an attendee name in the list (use control-click or shift-click to select multiple attendees). Then either select a breakout room from the pop-up menu, or drag attendees to a breakout room.
    • Automatically assign attendees to breakout rooms by clicking the Evenly Distribute From Main button . (Attendees previously assigned to specific breakout rooms remain in those rooms.)


Begin a Breakout Session

In breakout rooms, attendees are automatically assigned the role of presenter. This gives them all presenter rights such as sharing their voice, sharing content in the Share pod, modifying whiteboards, and adding text to the Notes pod. When attendees are returned to the main room, they revert to their prior status.

Note: All attendees, even ones who sign in as guests, can download shared content in breakout rooms.
  • In the Attendees pod, define breakout rooms, and assign attendees to the rooms.
  • Click Start Breakouts.
  • Attendees are placed in the breakout rooms to which they were assigned.

Visiting Breakout Rooms

When breakout rooms are in use, hosts can visit different rooms, including the main room.
  • To visit another room, drag your name to it in the Attendees pod.

Send a message to all attendees in breakout rooms

Hosts can broadcast messages to all breakout rooms. This can be useful if you have noticed one or more rooms have a similar question. It is also a good practice to send attendees in breakout rooms a warning message a few minutes before ending breakout sessions and returning them to the main room. This allows attendees to finish speaking, loading files, and working on the whiteboard before a breakout sessions ends.
  • In the upper-right corner of the Attendees pod, click the menu icon , and choose Broadcast Message.
  • Type the message, and then click Send.Attendees in all rooms see the message in the center of the Connect window.

Asking and Answering Questions in Breakout Rooms

Attendees in breakout rooms can ask hosts a question at any time, whether a host is in their breakout room or not.

  • To verbally ask a host in the same breakout room a question, use the audio provided (VoIP or telephony).
  • To type a question for hosts in the same breakout room, use the Chat pod menu  to send a message to the host. The host can then respond in the Chat pod to the attendee alone or everyone.
  • To ask all hosts in the meeting a question, type in the Send Message To Hosts box, and then click the Send button . The question appears to all meeting hosts in a small message box with the attendee’s name. Hosts can respond by entering the attendee’s breakout room and using the Chat pod.

Chatting in Breakout Rooms

If the Chat pod is available in the breakout room, use chat to communicate with others in your room only. You cannot chat with attendees in different breakout rooms.

For general information about using the Chat pod, see Chat in meetings.

End a Breakout Session

Only hosts can end a breakout session. When breakout rooms are closed, all attendees are returned to the main meeting room.

  • In the Breakout Room View  of the Attendees pod, click End Breakouts.

Share Breakout Room Content in Main Room

After ending a breakout session, hosts can share the contents of a single breakout room with everyone in the main room.

  • In the main room, choose Pods > Breakout Pods.
  • Select a breakout room name, and then select Chat, Share, or Whiteboard.
  • The selected content appears in a new floating pod. The contents are view only and cannot be changed or edited.

Remove Breakout Rooms

Note: In the Pods menu, pods from breakout rooms remain available until you remove them in the Attendees pod.
  • To remove all rooms, click the Attendee pod menu , and choose Remove All Rooms. To store pod content, select Save Pod Information For Future Reference, and enter a session name. (You can reaccess saved pods from the Pods > Breakout Pods menu.)
  • To remove an individual breakout room, including all pods and content it contains, click the X button  to the right of the room name. The numbering of subsequent rooms is adjusted to ensure continuity