How do I create a breakout room in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft are currently working on official breakout functionality.

There is a workaround that can be done using Teams and Channels:

  • Create a Team for your module and add all members to that Team (see
  • Create a channel for each group (can be private to those individuals or open to everyone in the Team)
  • Schedule a call for the whole Team in the General Channel
  • Schedule separate calls for the different channels for when you want your students to use a breakout room or direct your breakout groups to the individual channels and ask them to start their own meeting.

For an overview, there’s a 5 minute video online to explain this functionality:

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