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Breakout rooms allow you to split your students into their discussion groups. The Host can split them automatically or manually, manually or let them select and enter rooms.

  • Host(s) can split them automatically or manually.
  • There can be up to 100 Breakout Rooms per meeting, maximum of 300 per breakout room (If you have Large Meeting for 500/1000, then it will be 500/1000  per breakout room).
  • Breakout Room participants have full audio, video and screen share capabilities
  • Host(s) can move between Breakout Rooms
  • While in a Breakout Room, participants can request help from a host. Hosts(s) will receive a notification.

You can also share Participating in Breakout Rooms with your students for some information on using breakout rooms as a participant


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Once breakout rooms are open, the host or co-host can share their screen from the main session directly into all open breakout rooms. This allows the presenter to share visual information to all breakout rooms as once, guiding them on next steps or tasks. 

  1. Click Share Screen  in the meeting controls. 
  2. Enable the Share to breakout rooms option along the bottom of the share window. 
  3. Choose what you would like to share, including an entire screen, a specific open program, or others. 
  4. Click Share. The selected content will be shared to all breakout rooms. Any active shares in any breakout rooms will be interrupted for the host's/co-host's shared screen. Annotation or whiteboarding is saved before the host's shared content is viewed. 

Enhanced co-host privileges over Breakout Rooms

Co-hosts have the same breakout room controls as the meeting host, such as starting or ending breakout rooms, assigning participants, etc.


Launch Breakout Rooms from the Host Controls during a meeting

  1. Start an instant or scheduled meeting.
  2. Click Breakout Rooms.
  3. Select the number of rooms you would like to create, and how you would like to assign your participants 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.   Status colourRedtitleNEW
  4. Click Create Breakout Rooms.
  5. Your rooms will be created, but will not start automatically. You can manage the rooms prior to starting them by following the instructions below.

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