Google recently extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all Google Workspace customers through July 1, 2020 to support employees, educators, and students as they move to work and learn remotely.
To improve the remote learning experience for teachers and students using Hangouts Meet, Google is making several improvements:
- Only meeting creators and calendar owners can mute or remove other participants in a meeting
- Meeting participants will not be able to re-join nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left
Admins and end users
Why it’s important
Google hopes these added controls and improvements will enhance Hangouts Meet for its Education users.
Improved meeting control features: ‘mute’ and ‘remove’ For our Education customers, only the meeting creator, Calendar event owner, or person who creates a meeting on an in-room hardware device will be allowed to mute or remove other participants in a meeting. This ensures a teacher, as a meeting creator or Calendar event owner, can’t be removed or muted by students participating in the event.
Check out Google’s Help Center to learn how to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff members. It is recommended that you assign these privileges to the organizational units (OUs) that contain your faculty and staff members.
Improved teacher controls for nicknamed meetings Participants will not be able to re-join a meeting after the final participant has left if:
- The meeting was created using a short link like g.co/meet/nickname
- The meeting was created at meet.google.com by entering a meeting nickname in the “Join or start a meeting” field
- The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field
This means if the teacher is the last person to leave these types of meetings, students cannot join later without the teacher.
Google also heard from some admins that they don’t want students to be able to create meetings. To do so, use this Help Center article to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff only.
Additional resources for getting started with Hangouts Meet
Visit Google’s Help Center to learn more about using Meet with low bandwidth and tips for training teachers and students.
Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about assigning meeting creation privileges to users in your domain.
End Users: No action is required.
- Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: These features have started rolling out and should be available to all Google Workspace for Education and Google Workspace Enterprise for Education customers within 2-3 weeks.
- Available to Google Workspace for Education and Google Workspace Enterprise for Education customers
- Not available to Google Workspace Basic, Google Workspace Enterprise, Google Workspace Business and Google Workspace for Nonprofits customers