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Zoom - Meetings vs Webinars

This article contains an overview/feature comparison of Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars.
Zoom Feature Comparison

Meeting Webinar

Best used for
Small to large groups (2+ participants) for:
  • Department meetings
  • Instructor office hours
  • Training sessions
Large events and public broadcasts (50+ attendees) such as:
  • Town halls
  • Outreach events
  • Public lectures

Typically used by
  • Students
  • Instructors
  • Staff
  • Event hosts
Availability/Access Available to all UW-Parkside Students, Faculty, & Staff via Canvas and/or the UWP Logins Page UW-Parkside users can request licenses to create meetings or webinars for larger groups. To request a Large Meeting or Webinar license, users should send their request to

Zoom Feature Comparison


Meeting Webinar
Participant roles
Audio sharing
  • All participants can mute/unmute their own audio
  • Host can mute/request to unmute participants
  • The host can set all participants to mute upon entry
  • Only the host and panelists can mute/unmute their own audio
  • Attendees join in listen-only mode*
  • The host can unmute one or more attendees
Video sharing All participants Hosts and panelists
Screen sharing  Yes  Yes
  • 300 user limit
  • Large Meeting - 500 user limit
  • Large Meeting - 1000 user limit
  • Webinar - 1000 user limit
  • Webinar - 3000 user limit
Participants list Visible to all participants Visible to host and panelist
Email reminders  Feature not available If registration is enabled
Chat In-meeting chat Webinar chat
Reactions Meeting Reactions Webinar Reactions
Q&A  Feature not available
File transfer
Polling Polling for meetings Polling for webinars
Surveys Surveys for meetings Surveys for webinars
Livestream Facebook, Workplace by Facebook, YouTube, Twitch Facebook, Workplace by Facebook, YouTube, Twitch
Registration Registration for meetings Registration for webinars
Closed captioning
Breakout rooms  Feature not available
Practice session  Feature not available
Waiting room  Feature not available
Require password to join
International dial-in numbers

Custom feedback form
Enter a number between 2000 and 3000.

Keywordszoom meetings meeting webinar features   Doc ID119935
OwnerLinda W.GroupUW Parkside
Created2022-07-27 10:10:22Updated2022-07-27 15:17:56
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