Create Group Channels in Teams
The December 2020 update to MS Teams brings innate support for ad-hoc breakout rooms in meetings. Microsoft's Teams Blog has more information.
- 1 Log into Teams
- 2 Click upon Teams
- 3 Click on the Team
- 4 Add Breakout Room Channels
- 5 Using Breakout Room Channels in a Teams call
- 6 More questions about Teams?
Log into Teams
More information is available in the Where is Teams? page.
Click upon Teams
Now that you've logged into Teams, you will need to click the Teams menu button along the left-hand side of the tool (not to be confused with the software named Teams). Your various class Teams sites will appear here in squares labelled with the course code.
Click on the Team
Click on the Team that you want to create Group Channels for.
Add Breakout Room Channels
- Click on the ellipsis (...) beside the name of the Team on the left-hand side of your screen.
- From the drop-down menu select Add Channel
Name the Channels
Enter the channel name (for this example we'll call it Group 1, or Seminar or Lab 1) and make sure the Privacy setting is set to Standard, then select Add.
Repeat this process to add additional Channels
Repeat the above 2 steps for as many breakout rooms as you need. You will notice as you add channels they appear on the left hand side of your Teams site under the General Channel. Once you have created the number of channels that you desire you are ready to use them in a Teams call.
Using Breakout Room Channels in a Teams call
When you are in a Teams call that you want to use your Group Channels for, follow these steps:
- Make sure students know which channel to use:
- Create channels that correspond with "secondaries" students know that are associated with, like labs, seminars or tutorials
- Orally assign students to each of the channels
- Have students sign-up in advance through Sakai or a shared document
- Tell students not to leave the main call that you are currently in but instead join the group channel call which will automatically put the main call On Hold (see above image)
Starting a Meeting in the Breakout Room
- For both students and instructors to join group channel calls click on the breakout room channel in your Team, the first person that arrives in the breakout room channel will have to start the call by expanding the ```Meet``` button and selecting Meet Now in the top right-hand corner of the channel.
Joining a Meeting in the Breakout Room
- Others that follow will be able to select the purple Join button in the Chat section of the breakout room channel.
Rejoining Everyone in the Main Call
- When it is time for students to come back to the main call the instructor can write in the chat for each of the Group Channels letting students know that time is up (alternatively, you could give students a set time to meet back in the main call). Students should Leave this call in the group channel (red hang up button) and re-join the main call by clicking on the call window and selecting Resume at the top of the screen.