Use Zoom Meeting or Zoom Webinar for an Event


Is my Ursinus virtual event better as a Zoom Meeting or a Zoom Webinar?
Here are some questions to consider:
  • What is the format of the event?
  • Presentational--Lecture, One-direction communication
  • Meeting--Discussion, Collaboration, Multi-directional communication
  • Who is your expected audience?
  • Small Interest area, Entire Campus, or Surrounding Community?
  • Attendance amount: Under 300, Over 300, or over 500?
    • If audience is over 500, broadcast support is needed--contact Tech Support
  • Is this a Complex/Hybrid Meeting or Webinar?  Request Support.


Zoom Meeting vs Zoom Webinar Features Comparison


  • Any Ursinus Faculty or Staff member, or a Student with a Pro license, can host a meeting for unlimited time.
  • 300 Participant limit
  • Host, Co-hosts, and Participants capabilities
  • Hosts and Participants can share Video & Screen
  • Interactive- participants can speak, use reactions, and raise hand
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Meeting chat
  • No Q&A


  • Convener must ask Tech Support if a Zoom Admin is available to host, or if one of the limited Webinar licenses is available for the convener to host the event.
  • 500 attendee limit
  • Host, Co-hosts, Panelists, and Attendees capabilities
  • Hosts and Panelists ONLY can share Video & Screen
  • Attendees are in "Listen only" mode
  • Can only "raise hand" or "Ask to talk" for feedback 
  • No Breakout Rooms
  • Hosts and Panelists can Chat
  • Several Chat options for Attendees: No chat, Chat Only with Host and Panelists, or Chat with Everyone
  • Separate Question & Answer area to submit and moderate questions.



Reach out to Tech Support if you have any questions or need help

See Also

Zoom at Ursinus

Zoom Meeting Capabilities for Ursinus Faculty, Staff, and Students

Zoom Meeting Security Best Practices

Closed Captioning and live transcription in Zoom Meetings

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