Creating Breakout Rooms in Zoom

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When to Use?

Meeting hosts can split participants into up to 50 breakout rooms for scheduled Zoom meetings. These rooms allow for smaller discussions beyond the larger initial meeting. Hosts can assign participants to this room automatically, or they can have participants select their own room.


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Enabling breakout rooms

Enable Breakout Rooms

If you do not see the option for Breakout Rooms in your Zoom meeting, check your settings to make sure they're enabled:

  • Go to GVSU Video Conferencing and select Sign In (Configure your account)
  • Sign in with your GVSU credentials.
  • Select Settings
  • Meetings should already be selected. Now select In Meeting (Advanced) or scroll down the page to find that section. 
  • Click the toggle next to Breakout Room to enable breakout rooms

Breakout room option in your personal Zoom settings

Let Participants Choose Breakout Room

This functionality is now available in Zoom version 5.3.0 or later.

When the Let participants choose room option is enabled by the host (and when the host and participants are on Zoom 5.3.0 or later), participants can move freely between breakout rooms without needing the host’s help.

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Tue 9/14/21 12:16 PM
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