Breakout rooms - single or multiple canvases

Standpoint
Standpoint Consultant Member, MCN
edited April 20 in Consultant's Corner

When I separate the participants into small groups, often, I will use a single room with a separate canvas for each group. This makes it easier to have a post-exercise debrief, going from one area to the next, comparing the results.

I do this more in "learning" workshops, where there is less need to keep the result. In "production" workshops, I would separate the sub-teams into their own room.

How about you?

Comments

  • John_Losey
    John_Losey Learning and Development Member, MCN

    It depends on the topic/activity. If I want separate/independent work I use different murals. If I want to debrief or use the content collaboratively, I use a single mural.

  • FoundersFightClub
    FoundersFightClub Innovation Strategist Member, MCN

    Depends on total group size. Providing a single canvas to a larger group demands better canvas management by utilizing blind mode and outlines for instance.

  • Yuval
    Yuval Consultant Member

    Most of the time I use areas within one canvas for all the reasons above as well as helps me see the big picture as a facilitator and helps with diverge/integrate.

    It would be nice if there were some Mural capabilities that would make it easier to create such breakout rooms and maybe even integrate with the breakout features on Zoom/Teams but it works nicely as is.

  • LyndaBaker
    LyndaBaker Facilitator Member, MCN

    If possible, I prefer one canvas- the group remains aware that they are in fact sub-sets of one larger group but as if they are in separate corners of a room. Sometimes they do peak over at others and it keeps groups moving to see other progressing - it also gives me the opportunity to check in on everyone - with a bird eye view - without eavesdropping in a zoom break out room. It feels more collaborative to stay on one canvass.

    THAT SAID

    some projects require larger scale work in breakouts and then you have little choice but to give a team their own canvas to 'spread out' on

  • Kalle
    Kalle Facilitator Member

    I create separate Murals for each group and during single day there may 4-5 breakout sessions. Preparing that takes quite while especially as getting visitor links to each created Mural requires opening each Mural and copying the link. I maintain long list of links in text file and copy them to Zoom chat when entering to break out sessions.

    I have created some keyboard macros to speed up the proess but process could be easier, when creating multiple copies of same Mural for breakout sessions.

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