Zoom Meetings and Webinars compared

All current faculty, staff, and students can host Zoom Meetings with maximum of 100 participants, which includes those hosting the meeting.

Zoom Meetings allow greater collaboration among all meeting participants. Meeting hosts can allow participants to turn on their video and audio, screen share, and use the meeting whiteboard. Participants can also view the list of participants. If you are interested in hosting a meeting with up to 500 participants, contact your local IT support for more information.

Zoom Webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees, who have the ability to interact via Q&A, chat, and answering polling questions. The host can selectively unmute attendees. If you are interested in hosting a webinar using Zoom, contact your local IT support for more information.

Zoom Meeting Zoom Webinar
Capacity, including hosts 100 by default; 500 with large meeting add-on 500
Session recording yes yes
Screen, audio, and video sharing all participants by default hosts and panelists only
Participant registration can be turned on can be turned on
Participant names readable by all participants readable only by hosts and panelists
Assign participants to breakout rooms yes no
Question and answer tool no yes
Closed captioning A designated participant can transcribe audio during a session. If your unit has purchased closed captioning services through a third party, you can link this service to the meeting. Automated audio transcripts can also be enabled. A designated participant can transcribe audio during a session. If your unit has purchased closed captioning services through a third party, you can link this service to the webinar. Automated audio transcripts can also be enabled.

Learn more about hosting Zoom meetings and Webinars at the Zoom Support Center.