Google Meet is expanding the availability of breakout rooms and bringing improvements to the feature. Breakout rooms will now be available for customers with Google Workspace plans. Meeting moderators can set timers for breakout sessions, dial-in participants can be assigned to the rooms, and participants can request for help. The breakout rooms feature, which allows moderators to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls, was launched last month but was limited to G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. It is now available for all eligible users.
With breakout rooms on Google Meet, educators with G Suite Enterprise for Education plans could split students up for simultaneous small group discussions or working time for the purpose of increased engagement. Moderators have the ability to monitor and participate in these discussions.
Google announced that users with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus plans will also have breakout rooms as a feature now, along with G Suite Business and Enterprise for Education customers.