Zoom webinars are used for one-to-many communications. Typically, webinars have one or more panelists and many 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 webinars are different from meetings

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

See the Zoom Meeting and Webinar comparison to learn more about meeting vs. webinar differences. 

How to access Zoom webinars

Zoom Webinar features are available to all Harvard Zoom users upon request. A limited number of available licenses are shared with the Harvard community.

Zoom Webinar and Large Meeting licenses have transitioned to a form hosted by Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) (HUIT). Fill out the HUIT Zoom Webinar/Large Meeting License Request Form to request access. HUIT will then contact you 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.


To get started with Zoom Webinar, 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.

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