The main difference between them is that a private room is normally used in a 1 to 1 situation. For instance if there are several students connected to an instructors “My Room” for an office hours session, it may be appropriate for the instructor to start a private breakout room for confidential discussion with a specific participant. As with all kinds of breakout rooms private rooms are not recorded but the any slides created in the white board area can be saved. Where this differs to the Public breakout room is that when the last user leaves a private room the room disappears for good. You can’t go back so make sure you save any slides before you leave.
Some ideas for use
- Pre-load a number of different activities into rooms that students rotate through over a fixed time period.
- Students might be randomly grouped using breakout rooms to complete a group task. Ideas/answers can then be exchanged in the main room.
- The cohort might already be divided into working groups so breakout rooms could be used to allow groups to work independently of each other whilst still allowing the instructor to move between rooms offering support where required, blurring the line between tutorial and lecture.
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