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How to use Zoom to make breakout rooms

You can create breakout groups in Zoom if breakout rooms are enabled for your account.

There is an option to pre-assign attendees to breakout groups before the session, but this requires them to access the Zoom session using a Zoom account with an associated email address, and for you to know the email addresses. It is fairly quick to create breakout groups within the session, and to move attendees between groups before starting them.

Please also see the important notice about protecting the privacy of teachers and students when using Zoom, on the Classes with Zoom page.

Set-up

Follow the instructions provided by Zoom on managing breakout rooms.

The key points to note are:

  1. You can choose whether to split attendees up automatically, or assign them manually. If you generate the groups automatically you can still move attendees between groups before starting.
  2. You can access some important 'Options' after creating the rooms, such as ending the breakout sessions automatically after a set time, and giving attendees a countdown timer before bringing them back to the main session.
  3. Clicking 'Open All Rooms' will start the breakout group sessions.

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