What are Zoom Webinars?

Zoom Webinars are used for “one-to-many” style communications. Typically, webinars have one or more panelists and a large number of view-only attendees.

Webinar features include:

  • Content Sharing, Audio and Video features are exclusively for Panelists
  • Webinars have 500 view-only attendees by default
  • Attendees can interact using Q&A, Chat, and answering Polls
How are they different from Zoom Meetings?

Zoom Meetings are designed to be a collaborative event with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance. Whereas Webinars are designed so that only the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen.

To learn more about Meeting vs Webinar differences, please see the following Zoom Support article: 
Zoom Meeting and Webinar comparison


How to access Zoom Webinar?

Zoom Webinar features are available to all Harvard Zoom users upon request. There are a limited number of available licenses that are shared with the Harvard Community.

Zoom Webinar and Large Meeting licenses have transitioned to a form hosted by Harvard University IT (HUIT). To request access fill out the HUIT Zoom Webinar/Large Meeting License Request Form. You will then be contacted by HUIT to follow up with your request.

Note: Webinar and large meeting licenses cannot be permanently assigned. Requests for webinars will be assigned a 500-user license immediately for scheduling purposes. Your full license requested will be assigned before your webinar/meeting is scheduled to begin and will be removed at the conclusion.

Get Help

To get started with Zoom Webinar, please view our Best Practices documentation: Zoom Webinar Best Practices document

Media Services provides Webinar moderation as an attended offering. Learn more about this service on our New Remote Services page.

For technical questions please contact the service desk - Get AV Help


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