Breakout Rooms #1934

bigbluebutton-issue-import opened this Issue Aug 12, 2015 · 22 comments


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Originally reported on Google Code with ID 1180

As BigBlueButton spreads one of the features we're increasingly asked to implement is
breakout rooms.  See

The feature should enable the teacher to

  1.  Group students 
  2.  Assign the groups to separate rooms (each room is now a distinct BigBlueButton
  3.  Monitor the activity
  4.  Bring everyone back to the same main room

The breakout rooms could have a shared chat with the main room.

At the moment, other features (such as record and playback) are a higher priority than
breakout rooms, but it is our intent to implement them as part of our roadmap to BigBlueButton

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-03-15 12:17:11

Issue 617 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-03-15 12:25:08

Issue 719 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-03-15 12:25:30

Issue 827 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-03-15 12:26:00

Issue 828 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-03-15 12:26:15

We continue to get requests for breakout rooms; however, this is not a small enhancement
as it affects both client and server.

No plans to implement in 0.81, but it is on our road map to 1.0.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-06-23 13:14:15

  • Labels added: Component-Client
One of the key features I see missing is the "support" channel where you remove an attendee
from the main conference room and bring them into a private 1-2-1 conversation.  We
use this all the time for support, private voice questions where attendees don't want
to be exposed before their peers, and for collaborative hands-on lab work where the
attendee needs some guidance on a lab and you don't want to disturb the whole class.

This would be similar to break out rooms, but you should be able to select one or more
attendees and move them into a private room dynamically.  

The logic we currently have in our application (Live Meeting plus Asterisk) is we right-click
on the attendee, and select one of 10 private conferencing rooms.  It will then drag
the person selected and the moderator/instructor into the private room in one click.
 To return everyone to the main conference you just close the private room.  

Reported by geoff.nordli on 2012-07-24 04:51:11

Hi Goeff,

Thanks for your feedback.  It's another good use case for breakout rooms.  We're well
into the development of BigBlueButton 0.81.  Once we complete this release, we'll revisit
the priorities for the next release.  For more information, see

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-07-24 10:50:03

Issue 1305 has been merged into this issue.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-09-09 11:27:01

I wanted to jump in on Breakout rooms.  I agree this can add nd enhance collaboration
in any activity.  I like the concept of:
1. Allow BBB to Auto disperse student in to an presenter determined # of breakout rooms.
 e.g.  Presenter has a class with 20 students, he wants 4 breakout rooms, so he set
# of rooms to 4, and Auto.  BBB places 5 participants in each room.
2. Presenter sets up the # of rooms, then allows participants to place them selves
in rooms.  (presenter gets to watch and gain insight as to why they chose specific
rooms, teams etc.)
3. Presenter selects the number of rooms, then moves participants to the room he chooses.

VOIP follows participants to the rooms, and the presenter(s) can move themselves in
and out of rooms as needed. 

Presenter can make an Announcement - Which is heard by ALL breakout rooms.

Breakout room content is Saved and can be viewed/shared back in the main room. 

Presenter can assign a Breakout room leader, to facilitate the Breakout room, managing
users permissions, or All participants can have full permissions.

Reported by randytylr on 2013-05-14 16:11:32

Thanks for the feedback!  We'll be doing breakout rooms as part of a future iteration
of BigBlueButton.

Reported by ffdixon on 2013-05-14 17:10:35

When will breakout rooms be available?

What is the current work around--my teaching designs REQUIRE breakouts?

Reported by on 2014-05-22 03:06:35

We plan to have breakout rooms for a future release of BigBlueButton.  We tend focus
on one release at a time, so we can't give you a date for a future release.

For the moment, the workaround would be to define multiple rooms in the LMS, such as

  Breakout Room - 1
  Breakout Room - 2
  Breakout Room - 3
  Breakout Room - 4

and during the class, have users open a new tab and join the breakout rooms (but still
be connected to the current room).  

  A student can be logged into multiple BigBlueButton sessions at once.  In the main
room, a student can mute their microphone so the main room participants don't hear
the activity in the breakout room.

  Once time is up, students can return to the main room (or, if your using Sakai, you
as the teacher can end all the breakout sessions from the Sakai interface).

We realize this isn't true breakout rooms, but it does work in a pinch.  We will implement
breakout rooms in a future version of BigBlueButton.

Reported by ffdixon on 2014-05-22 10:54:00

This is a great and important feature. It creates a true sense of involvement.

We would use this all the time.

The only other feature would be to be able to re-assign people to different breakout
groups, or allow people to change breakout groups at any time.

+1 for Breakout groups.

Thank you!!

Reported by marqpdx on 2015-05-12 04:54:47

Thanks for the feedback -- our plans for the next version include polling and closed
captioning. Both of these are a higher priority for our user based than breakout rooms.

We have breakout rooms on our roadmap for a future version.

Reported by ffdixon on 2015-05-12 05:04:30

@kepstin kepstin removed the Status-New label Aug 12, 2015

If polling is available in next release, it will be a great feature to have.



Is there any update on breakout rooms?

@ffdixon ffdixon added this to the Release 1.1.0 milestone Jun 27, 2016
ffdixon commented Jun 27, 2016

Hi Umesh,

We're currently working on breakout rooms now. It's not ready for beta yet, but the work is underway as part of the 1.1 development cycle.


Thanks Fred!

When is next version due?

On Monday, June 27, 2016, Fred Dixon wrote:

Hi Umesh,

We're currently working on breakout rooms now. It's not ready for beta
yet, but the work is underway as part of the 1.1 development cycle.

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ffdixon commented Jun 27, 2016

Hi Umesh,

In our project, we release on quality (not dates). We don't have a date for the release of BigBlueButton 1.1-beta. We are currently in the development phase. For more information on our release process, see


Hi there,
Does bigbluebutton have any breakout room facility yet? Or is this still under development? I am just trying to decide on which conferencing tool to use in our project and breakouts would be essential. I found it quite hard to find information on all the available features.


Hi @piiapelimanni. Take a look at the plans for BBB 1.1
The feature 'Breakout rooms' is currently under development


Thank you @antobinary !

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