Educational Technology User GuidesZoom Using Breakout RoomsIntroduction to creating small group activities in Zoom

Introduction to creating small group activities in Zoom

Zooms Managing Video Breakout Rooms guide will show you the basics of breakout rooms, assigning students to rooms, manage breakout rooms, broadcast a message to your breakout rooms, and end a breakout room session.

If you would like to break your zoom class into smaller groups you have a number of options, including break-out rooms.

Determine what breakout room set up best fits your small group activity.

You have a few options on how to structure your small group meetings on Zoom. 

1: Assign students to breakout rooms in the zoom meeting itself.
You can do this manually (one at a time) or automatically (random assignment). This is fast and easy for small courses or where specific group assignments are not nessiary. If you can assign students in the meeting, it is recommended that you do so. Link to instructions: Managing break out rooms

2: Have small group facilitators create links to their individual zoom rooms.
This is easy for each facilitator, but may not be appropriate if you don't have enough facilitators, or if you want to come together as a whole class at the start or end of your session.

3: Allow students to self-select their Breakout rooms.
Once your participants have entered the room you can allow them to select the room they want / should be in. The downside to this option is that all participants must have an updated version of the Zoom app installed on their device. The update that included self-assign break-out rooms was released on September 28th, 2020. Read more: For Hosts: Zoom Meetings with Self-Assigned Breakout Rooms


4: Pre-Assigned break out rooms for Members of the Tufts community.
If everyone in your meeting has a tufts user name and password you can set up your room to require the use of the Tufts username and password. This will ensure that they can be properly identified by the system and assigned the correct break out rooms. Read more on Creating a Pre-assigned breakout rooms

5: Pre-Assigned break out rooms that include non-tufts participants.
For small classes, this option is the most work upfront and the most work when you want to send the students to break out rooms. For large classes, that can not use the options above, this is will help set up your break out rooms, but will not alleviate the need for the host to manually assign some participants. Read more on Creating a Pre-assigned breakout rooms