Using breakout rooms productively: Opinion

December 11, 2020
Teaching using breakout rooms on Zoom does not have to be painfully awkward, writes Beth McMurtrie. The author covers some of the main issues people have with breakout rooms, and discusses a variety of techniques instructors can use – such as adding clear roles, specific tasks, and time limits – to strategically design breakout rooms to be effective. The article suggests assigning students to particular roles within the group and changing these assignments occasionally. McMurtie discusses how using a shared document can help instructors follow along with groups without the awkwardness of unexpectedly “popping in” to a breakout room. Additionally, the article discusses choosing ideal group sizes, giving groups different assignments, and ensuring that breakout rooms are an appropriate length. Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)