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The Note icon By using Breakout rooms we can:

  • Introduce elements of co-creation, collaboration and team building.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this guide you should know;

  • how to set up and pre-prepare Breakout rooms using Channels.


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1. Having created a Team or Teams.

The MS Teams home screen

2. Select the desired Team that has been created.

Selecting the Team

3. Click the three dots (More options) followed by Add channel.

Selecting Add channel

4. Type a name for the Breakout room in Channel name and change Privacy to Private.

5. Click Next and add the respective students to the Channel using the Add button. Once the sub-set of students are added click Done.

Adding students to the Channel

The Note iconRepeat steps three to five to create multiple Channels – one per breakout room required.

6. The required number of Private Channels will now appear in the left hand side.

A Team with two Private Channels

7. To pre-populate content and add tools such as a Class Notebook, click into one of the new Private Channels and use the ‘+’ icon to add a desired tool.

Adding content to a Channel

The Note icon Ahead of the synchronous session, populate all channels with the relevant content/exercises/collaborative spaces as required. As students enter the Team at the beginning of the synchronous session they will see only the Breakout room/Channel they have been allocated to and can use this as and when you require them to.