Utilizing Zoom Breakout Rooms

Have you ever utilized Zoom breakout rooms?

As more and more people are working remotely, video conference meetings have replaced working together in the office. (Click here for our reviews of 7 top video conferencing platforms!) After a long day of video meetings, you may feel confused at how tired out you are. Shouldn’t video calls from the comfort of your own home be less demanding than in person meetings? Experts are calling this phenomenon Zoom Fatigue. According to Forbes, Google searches for this phenomenon have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a BBC interview, Gianpiero Petriglieri, an expert on leadership and learning in the workplace and Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, explained that being on a video call requires more focus and energy than an in-person meeting,“video chats mean we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language; paying more attention to these consumes a lot of energy, you cannot relax into the conversation naturally.” There are a few ways to combat this, including reducing the number and length of video call meetings. You can also utilize Zoom Breakout Rooms, which allow you to split a larger meeting into smaller groups to increase productivity. This way, you can have a few members meet, have a separate discussion, and report back to the group with their findings. This is also an excellent feature for use in the virtual classroom.

Zoom Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting or webinar into up to 50 separate sessions.

The meeting host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually, and can switch between sessions at any time. Make sure you have Zoom breakout rooms enabled in your account to access this feature. Click here for a How-To from Zoom. Notes:

  • The host can also pre-assign participants to breakout rooms when you schedule the meeting instead of managing them during the meeting.
  • Zoom breakout rooms participants have full audio, video, and screen share capabilities.
  • If the meeting is being cloud recorded, it will only record the main room, regardless of what room the meeting host is in. If local recording is being used, it will record the room the participant who is recording is in. Multiple participants can also record locally.
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