Zoom offers two different types of meeting events.

One is a standard meeting which all U of I students, staff, faculty are licensed to use and allow for up to 300 participants.
You may also host up to 500 or 1,000 participants with a purchased Zoom add-on license.

The second is a Webinar which is an add-on Zoom license that must be purchased. Webinars can allow from 500 attendees up to 50,000 depending on the license purchased. More info can be found here: https://workflow.uiowa.edu/form/zoom-dedicated-add-on-licenses

Both the Large Meeting and Webinar add-on licenses may be purchased here: https://workflow.uiowa.edu/form/zoom-dedicated-add-on-licenses
Please note: Due to demand, ITS is no longer able to offer temporary licenses.

Below are some key differences between the two:

Zoom Meeting

Zoom Webinar
Ideal for more interactive meetings. Allows for participants to have audio (including mics) and video Ideal when you want to present information to many people in a more lecture structured setting
Best for small to large group (2 to many participants) Best for medium to large events (50+ attendees)
Works well for group meetings or open communication meetings Works well for sharing information out to many people without interruptions or would like Q&A structure
Allows for up to 1,000 participants (with a paid add-on license)

Allows for up to 50,000 attendees (with a paid add-on license)


To learn more, please visit: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115005474943-Meeting-and-Webinar-Comparison

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January 10, 2023