Creating Breakout Meetings in Teams
Have a larger meeting or class session? Break out your attendees into smaller groups for discussion and collaboration in Microsoft Teams.
Using Teams Channels for Breakout Sessions
- Use or create a Team that includes all members that will participate in the main meeting session and the smaller group breakout sessions.
- The Team's General channel may be used for the main meeting session. Or you can create a Main Session channel, as shown in the video above.
- Create channels for each group's breakout session. For example, you could create Group A and Group B as channels. But you may want to give clear, meaningful names to the channels.
- If attendees shouldn't self-select their group breakout session, use private channels.
- You will need to add specific attendees as members of each private channel.
- For private channels, you cannot schedule or record meetings.
Setting up Channel Meetings for Group Breakout Sessions
- From a breakout session channel, select either the Schedule channel meeting icon or the Meet Now meeting icon.
- The video above shows using the Meet Now icon to create instant online meetings.
- If you use the Schedule channel meeting icon, you can set up meetings ahead of time.
- For standard, non-private channels, all members in the Team can join, but the meetings are specific to the channel.
During the Meetings
- Once the meetings start, do not hang up to switch to a different meeting.
- Instead, just select join and the first meeting will be placed on hold.
- When the breakout meetings have started, attendees may join via the channel.
Switching Among Meetings
- As you switch meetings, the original meeting will be placed on hold.
- You can join up to four meetings as once.
- Note that when you join the Group B breakout meeting, the Group A breakout meeting is placed on hold. You can quickly switch from meeting to meeting by selecting resume.
- You may schedule simultaneous meetings via Microsoft Outlook.
- You may also use the Meet Now function and start each meeting in real time.