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Zoom Webinar

Webinars are ideal for large audience and events. It is designed for the host and designated panelists to share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees and they can interact via Q&A, chat and polls. Participants in webinars typically do not interact with one another.

Difference between a Webinar and a Meeting in Zoom

Your Zoom account allows you to hold meetings with capacity up to 300 participants (student account and functional account) and 500 participants (staff account), including the host. Colleagues can hold webinar with capacity up to 500 participants. A limited Webinar licenses with a capacity of 1,000 participants are available, colleagues can make a reservation with OCIO on a first come first serve basis.

Though both Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars provide comparable features, there are some differences to be aware of when deciding which tool best suits your need. Below is a comparison of key features. For more details, please visit Meeting and Webinar comparison.

A Comparison of Key Features :





up to 300 participants
(Students, functional accoutns)
up to 500 participants

up to 500 participants
up to 1,000 participants
(by reservation)

Screen Sharing

(All participants, can be turned off by host)

(Host, co-host and panelists)

View Only Participants



Mute all participants

Participants List

Visible to all participants

Visible to Host and Panelists

Email Reminders


if registration enabled


In-meeting chat

Webinar chat







Meeting Reactions


Closed Captioning


Breakout Rooms


Waiting Rooms


How to reserve a Zoom Webinar?

Please submit your request via the online form (Staff only) - F039 - Zoom Webinar Reservation Form (Login required). Users will receive a confirmation email once the webinar is created, which usually takes one to two working days.