Hosting a Webinar in Zoom

Zoom Webinars are intended to accommodate larger events such as guest lectures, panel discussions, and public events. The host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio, and screen if desired. Attendees have view-only access, and interaction is limited to Q&A, chat, and answering polling questions. The host can also unmute the attendees if desired.

Ideal for hosting interactive sessions with lots of audience participation and small group discussion A virtual lecture hall or auditorium, ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Webinar attendees do not typically interact with one another.
Participant Roles
Host, co-host, participant Host, co-host, panelist, participant
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
Participant List
Visible to all participants Visible only to host and panelist only
Nonverbal feedback
Multiple options Raise hand only
Unique features
Breakout rooms, file transfer, meeting reactions Email reminders, Q&A
Common features

Screen sharing, chat, whiteboard, annotation, polling, closed captioning, recording, password protection

We have a single webinar license, so space is limited. If you are interested in setting up a webinar, send your event details to If you have decided to host a Zoom webinar, we have created a page outlining what to consider when preparing for a Zoom webinar.