ZOOM Webinars: What You Should Know and Steps to Gain Access

September 22, 2020

With Clemson’s Zoom license, only a limited number of webinars can be assigned simultaneously. Due to this limitation, webinar access is granted on a limited basis instead of being assigned permanently to any individual or department.

When deciding upon the need of a webinar versus a meeting, some considerations should be made. 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. Clemson’s instance of Zoom does have the ability to allow meetings to accommodate large audiences. It is also important to note that meetings can be designed to operate in a similar manner to webinars, giving the host the ability to mute users and ensure security through the meeting settings.

Webinars are designed so that the host and any designated panelists can share their video, audio and screen. Webinars allow view-only attendees. They can interact via Q&A, Chat, and answering polling questions. The host can also unmute the attendees. Attendees in webinars, cannot rename themselves as well.

A thorough comparison of Meetings and Webinars can be found here:

Anyone looking to request a webinar in Clemson’s instance of Zoom should do so by completing the following form:

If you have reviewed this information and decided a large meeting option would work for you, email and we can assist with setting that meeting up correctly.

Requests for a webinar space should be submitted at least five (5) business days in advance. Please note that submitting a form does not guarantee your request and further approval may be required.

If you are planning a future event and need guidance on which platform is best for you, please submit an email to

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