The Meeting and Webinar platforms offer similar features and functionality but have some key differences.
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.
Webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees. They have the ability to interact via Q&A, Chat, and answering polling questions. The host can also unmute the attendees. Attendees in webinars, can not rename themselves as well.
Meetings versus Webinars
|Description||Zoom meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups.||Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.|
Best used for
|Small to large groups (2+ participants) for:||Large events and public broadcasts (50+ attendees) such as:|
Typically used by
|Availability||Included in your SU licensed Zoom account||Additional feature that is given as needed for the event|
|Video sharing||All participants||Hosts and panelists|
|Capacity||Up to 300 depending on the license||Up to 10,000 participants, depending on the license.|
|Participants list||Visible to all participants||Visible to host and panelist|
|Email reminders||N/A||If registration is enabled|
|Chat||In-meeting Chat||Webinar chat|
|Meeting reactions||✔||Only raise hand|
|Polling||Polling for meetings||Polling for webinars|
|Livestream||Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service||Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service|
|Registration||Registration for meetings||Registration for webinars|
|Require password to join||✔||✔|
|International dial-in numbers||✔||✔|