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Good news for Zoom breakout rooms

Zoom has a new feature that allows participants to choose their own breakout rooms, making pre-assigned breakout rooms a lot less stressful for the meeting host. (Requires Zoom version 5.3.0(opens in new window).)

Meeting Host

To enable participants to choose a breakout room: 

  1. From the Zoom taskbar, select Breakout Rooms
  2. From the Breakout Rooms window, select Options
  3. From Zoom Breakout Options, select Allow Participants to choose room.

zoom breakout button with options menu displayed; arrow pointing to self select


Meeting Participant

To choose a breakout room: 

From the Participant's perspective, it is as easy as selecting Join once the host has started the breakout room. 

Participant breakout room options with arrow pointing to Join option

Disclaimer: CSU Chico cannot fully test Zoom updates prior to general availability.