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Learn@Illinois Moodle - Creating Pre-assigned Breakout Rooms

Learn how to create pre-assigned breakout rooms.

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  1. Go to and click Sign in. Log in with your NetID.
    signing in
  2. In the menu on the left, click Settings.
    Setting of zoom
  3. In the menu on the left, click In Meeting (Advanced). Make sure that the toggle for the "Breakout room" is enabled (blue) and check the Allow host to assign participants to breakout rooms when scheduling box.
    Checking settings under In meeting (Advanced) section
  4. In the menu on the left, select Meetings.
    Go to meetings
  5. In the upper left corner, click on Schedule a New Meeting.
    Schedule a new meeting
  6. Under the "Meeting Options", check the box for the Breakout Room pre-assign and click on Import from CSV.
    Clicking import from CSV
  7. In the pop-up window that appears, click download to download the template.
    Download a template
  8. The template looks like this. Fill it in accordingly, assigning each participant to one room.
    template for breakout rooms csv file
  9. Click browse and choose a file.
    Browse for the file
  10. In the pop-up window that appears, confirm the breakout room selections and click Save.
    Confirming breakout rooms
  11. On the Meeting information page that appears after you save, copy the "Meeting ID" (using Command/Control + C).
    Note: If you don't want to import this meeting to your Moodle/Compass course, skip steps 11 - 14. 
    copying Meeting ID
  12. Go to your Moodle course page and open your Zoom activity.
  13. In the upper right corner, click the vertical ellipsis (three dot button) and click Import Meeting.
  14. In the pop-up window that appears, paste the Meeting ID into the box and click Import.
    Pasting ID
  15. During the meeting, in the bottom right corner, click on the Breakout Rooms icon.
    Breakout room icon
  16. In the pop-up window that appears, you will see the pre-assigned rooms with the participants who have joined the meeting before you. In the lower right corner of the pop-up window, click Recreate. From the drop-down menu, select Recover to pre-assigned rooms.

    Recover to pre-assigned rooms
  17. In the new pop-up window that appears click Yes.
      click yes
  18. When you are ready to use the breakout rooms, click Open All Rooms.
    Open all rooms

Keywordsbreakout rooms, zoom   Doc ID99091
OwnerAidana K.GroupUniversity of Illinois LAS
Created2020-03-18 18:05:27Updated2020-08-27 10:56:34
SitesUniversity of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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