To facilitate small group collaboration, moderators can create breakout groups that are separate from the main room and assign attendees to them.

Use the ChromeTM (version 52+) or Firefox® with WebRTC browsers for the best experience in breakout groups.

Breakout groups have their own private audio, video, whiteboard, application sharing, and chat. Any collaboration that takes place in a group is independent of the Main room (and other groups).

What is said or viewed in a breakout room isn't captured in recordings.


What can you do in breakout groups?

Breakout groups are designed for group collaboration. Every attendee in the group is a presenter. This means that all group members can share the whiteboard, files, and applications with the rest of their group.

Group chats and content shared are private to the group. The Everyone chat room is open to everyone, no matter what group you are in.

Make sure your browser supports application sharing

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Move to another group

Moderators can move themselves between groups any time. Moderators must give you permission to move yourself to another group.

If you can move between groups, open the Attendees panel, select Join group beside the group you want to join.


Watch a video about breakout groups

The following un-narrated video provides a visual representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Breakout Groups in Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience shows you breakout groups in action.