Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms

Learn how to use the Breakout Rooms feature within Blackboard Collaborate to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this online workshop offered 11/15/2012 we explored the options within a Blackboard Collaborate session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Rooms, assigning students to Breakout Rooms (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Rooms, and monitoring small group discussion.

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  • This is a great workshop for facilitating small groups using online breakout rooms. I’d like to suggest a blog post with similar facilitation technique: how to run a group discovery meeting.

    With this type of discussion, you get to learn about the history and aspirations of a group, while they gain a clear picture of their situation. Since you helped them clarify this picture, it establishes your role as their guide.

    Here’s the post:
    How to Lead a Group Discovery Meeting: http://blog.lucidmeetings.com/blog/facilitation-techniques-for-consultants

    Thanks for the great list!

    Tricia Harris
    Lucid Meetings