How to use Breakout Rooms in Blackboard Collaborate
(Note: This is for Blackboard Collaborate Original only, if you are looking for help or information on Collaborate Ultra, go here)
- You can access the Break Out Room controls from either the “hamburger” button on the Participants panel (shown below) or by clicking on the Tools dropdown menu at the top of the screen.
To create breakout rooms simply click on the “Click Breakout Rooms” button and fill out the appropriate information on the dialogue box that opens up. You can select the number of breakout rooms, whether you want students automatically divided evenly or whether you want them divided into groups based on a number. If you want to personally assign each student to a breakout room, simply select “Do not move participants” and manually move them into their rooms (see below) (Note: There is no limit to the number of break-out rooms you can create)
You can manually assign participants to breakout rooms by simply clicking on and dragging their name in the participants panel. You can also click the “hamburger” button next to their name in the participants panel and select a room to move them to.
To access the individual breakout room’s controls simply click on the “hamburger” button to the right of the room name. From this menu you can do everything from renaming the breakout room to closing the breakout room to sending the entire room back to the main room. (Note: You may have to hover your mouse over the name for the button to appear).
You can copy any and/or all Whiteboard pages from the break-out rooms to the main room Whiteboard.
(Note: Each breakout room has its own chat and can have up to six simultaneous video and audio. To avoid rotating permissions within each breakout room, simply divide the class into groups of six or less.)