How do I enable Breakout Rooms for my Zoom meetings?
As the Host of a meeting, you can initiate Breakout Rooms during a Zoom session. The breakout room feature lets you temporarily break up a large Zoom meeting with several participants and distribute them evenly into smaller groups called breakout rooms. Each breakout room has full meeting controls, meaning the participants within the rooms can video, voice, or text chat amongst each other, as well as screen share their displays. Each breakout room is independent of other rooms. They are meant for quick discussion sessions between the meeting participants. After the allotted time, the Host can then bring all the participants from their respective rooms back into the main Zoom session.
The breakout room feature should be enabled by default on your UCSB Zoom account. However, if that is not the case, you can check that it is enabled under your Zoom account settings: https://ucsb.zoom.us/profile.
Click on the settings tab on the left hand side and scroll down until you see the Breakout Room setting. If the toggle button is blue, then the feature should be available for you to use during meetings (as long as you are the Host).
For more information on how to use Breakout Rooms in-meeting, click Here.
For more information on pre-assigning participants into Breakout Rooms prior to the start of a meeting, click here.