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New Feature! Zoom Video Breakout Rooms
December 1, 2015 by Priscilla Barolo

Today we are so happy to announce our newest feature: Video Breakout Rooms. We’re providing this feature for free to ALL Zoom accounts.

What are Video Breakout Rooms? Good question! Video Breakout Rooms allow the Zoom meeting host to create smaller groups within a larger meeting or training session. They have many key features for our customers:

  • Flexible: Allows employees and students to work more productively in smaller teams as needed. A team can alert the host when they need help, and the host can visit any of the breakouts to assist and answer questions.
  • Feature-Rich: In their Video Breakout Rooms, attendees can use video, audio, chat, whiteboards, and screen sharing to collaborate.
  • create sessionsScalable: Main meeting can hold up to 200 attendees; the host can automatically or manually divide meeting participants into up to 50 breakouts.

Zoom is used by over 80% of the top 200 US universities. Video Breakout Rooms enhance the user experience, allowing educators to divide their classrooms into smaller groups, organizational leaders to break up teams for group work and collaboration, and corporations to facilitate employee training and team building activities.

We’ve had customers clamoring for breakout rooms. Don’t take our word for it! Here’s Joel Reeves, Assistant Vice Chancellor and CIO at The University of Tennessee: “At The University of Tennessee, we requested the addition of Video Breakout Rooms to Zoom, and we are excited that they have arrived. As is typical with the entire Zoom experience, this new feature is intuitive and works with ease. Video Breakout Rooms are an essential function for synchronous course delivery and allow our online instructors to engage in important collaborative and team-based activities in a structured manner. This feature is especially important for our online Executive MBA programs, online Social Work programs, and our online Nursing programs, to mention a few. Our teaching faculty are thrilled with the addition of Video Breakout Rooms for all of their teaching and learning activities.”

EnableBreakoutSessionTo enable Video Breakout Rooms, visit zoom.us/profile and log-in. Click Settings, then edit your settings to include “Breakout Sessions.”

Learn more about Getting Started with Breakouts or Managing Breakouts. Or sign up for live demo with a Zoom Product Specialist today!