The spotlight feature was released in October 2020.
By default, during a teams video meeting with multiple users, everyone sees a ‘gallery’ view, where you can see up to 9 webcams displayed on the screen.
In some cases, a presenter may wish to force students to watch just one of those webcams in full screen – e.g. the presenter may wish to draw attention to themselves, or another speaker. This is the spotlight feature.
Things to know
- You can turn the spotlight on yourself (or someone else) by opening the participant’s pane and clicking the 3 dots next to your own name (or someone elses)
- When you spotlight yourself, your own view does not change. Everyone else however can only see your webcam/video.
- You can adjust the spotlight at any time.
- Spotlight does not affect teams recordings
- Students can turn the spotlight feature on someone, unless you have set appropriate meeting permissions, see here for more detail under ‘controlling contributions’