I applaud the creative teachers and workshop facilitators for figuring out how to create breakout sessions in Microsoft Teams. I like the pattern they follow, creating a Microsoft Team for the event, then channels for different breakout groups to encourage small group collaboration and discussion.

But there are a few options I thought could have been explained better.

  • How do I create the meetings?
  • Should I use Meet Now? Schedule a meeting in Outlook and copy the link to a new thread? Schedule a channel meeting?
  • When do I use public channels vs private channels?
  • Do I even need a channel, or can I just use scheduled meetings into the same channel, therefore individual conversation threads?
  • Do I really need to remain connected to all the meetings (i.e. Meetings are ‘calls on hold’)
  • How do I get people’s attention in their breakouts, to return to the main meeting for the next presentation / segment? This and more.

Forgive the lighting and the raw recording method. Oh… and the length of the recording. I had a lot to say, demonstrate and discuss.

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