The Office of Faculty Development

Zoom Breakout Rooms

Zoom breakout rooms are a dynamic tool to facilitate student interaction and promote community building in online learning. Breakout rooms can be used for study sessions, student group work, and as a discussion space, among other uses. Students can be assigned to predetermined breakout rooms, they can choose their preferred room (for example, if different topics are assigned to different rooms), or can be assigned to breakout rooms randomly. The most effective ways to use breakout rooms in a class is to clarify the goals of the breakout room activity and to possibly assign very specific tasks to be completed by the students. Below we offer some tips and best practices on how to manage breakout rooms and promote the creation of virtual communities.

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Explore How to Use Zoom’s Breakout Rooms for Collaborative Learning(opens in new window)

Explore the Zoom Help Center to Manage the Breakout Rooms(opens in new window).

Listen to this Sparks Creativity Teacher Podcast(opens in new window) on breakout rooms and community building.

Check out this Class Tech Tips Podcast(opens in new window) on breakout rooms.

Check out this tutorial for beginners(opens in new window) from Simpletivity.

Watch our own Dustin Bakkie’s video tutorial(opens in new window) on breakout rooms.

Read this How to Guide(opens in new window) from Vanderbilt University.

Read Why it’s ok to take a break from Breakout Rooms & monitoring(opens in new window)