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How to use Google Meet to make breakout rooms

You can utilise breakout groups in Google Meet by creating parallel hangouts. The links (URLs) to the parallel meetings can be shared by email or from a shared document.

 

Set-up

  1. Invite attendees to a hangout session as normal (this will be the Main Room).
  2. Create further hangouts which run at the same time as the main meeting – do not invite anyone to these, as they will be your Breakout Rooms.
  3. Put together a document or email listing the links to the Breakout Rooms, which clearly shows who should be in each group.

Make sure everyone has access to the document with the links to the breakout rooms and that they are clear which room they each need to go to when instructed (Breakout 1, Breakout 2 etc.). Make sure the link back to the Main Room is also available and labelled so it is easy to find.

 

Top Tips

  1. Make it clear to attendees if anyone gets lost they should always return to the Main Room.
  2. Advise that when they open the new hangout link they need to close the old one – otherwise they will get audio feedback issues.
  3. Reassure them you will be popping in to see them in their breakouts to facilitate as needed.
  4. Be clear what time they need to return to the Main Room.
  5. Make sure they know what the breakout activity / task is. You could use a collaborative whiteboard to facilitate the breakout rooms so they can write their thoughts and key points from their discussions.

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