• Thursday, 28 May 2020
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Zoom – further details provided upon registration

Zoom breakout rooms can be very effective spaces for small group discussions, collaboration and active-learning activities. However, to get the most out of them, breakout-room sessions, no matter how short, need to be carefully planned and managed in order to ensure all participants experience them as valuable learning spaces.

Results from the UTS Early Feedback Survey have indicated that some students have felt “left alone” in Zoom breakout rooms and that these sessions can sometimes be “poorly organised”. With this in mind, the LX.lab team has developed some strategies and resources to help you plan and run effective Zoom breakout-room sessions.

In this repeated Tooltime workshop, you will:

  • be introduced some strategies for running breakout rooms effectively,
  • experience the LX.lab’s breakout-rooms method,
  • be guided through the LX.lab’s breakout-room resources,
  • share your experiences of running breakout rooms.


This workshop focuses on running a Zoom breakout room effectively. If you need help with the technical aspects of setting up and managing Zoom breakout rooms, this will not be the right session for you. However, you can request help from a Learning Design and Technology Specialist via Service Connect.

What is Tooltime?

Tooltime is a series of short informal showcases, where staff from all areas are given the opportunity to share a gadget, tool, app, workflow or technique. The technologies showcased can range from anything that could engage learners, streamline teaching or are simply time savers. Sessions do not have to formally address teaching and learning concepts in-depth, but rather recognise the technology’s potential capabilities in this area. Each session in the series will run for 30 minutes and are intended for either academic or professional staff.


The Tooltime hosts make no claims on the utility of tools and do not necessarily provide support for the gadgets, widgets or workflows presented.

View ‘Tooltime: Facilitating a successful breakout room in Zoom’ recording on YouTube

Register for this event

Your video, audio and the meeting chat transcript may be recorded at this event. Please advise the facilitator if you do not wish to be recorded.

Bookings are closed for this event.

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