Zoom Public Meetings

There are two Zoom Public Meeting options: 1) Zoom Meeting and 2) Zoom Webinar.  The matrix below provides a high level overview of these options and here is side-by-side comparison to determine the Zoom session that best aligns with your Public Event. Whether you use a Zoom Meeting or Zoom Webinar, there are recommended security settings when conducting a public meeting with Zoom.

What is a Zoom Webinar? 
  • Zoom Webinars are for view-only attendees.  They start at a capacity of 100 participants and scale up to 1,000 participants. As the host or a panelist, you can share your screen, video and audio in a webinar and attendees can use the chat or question and answer options to interact with the host and panelists.  Webinars can require preregistration, with the option for the host to add custom registration questions, or registration can be turned off for attendees to join by simply clicking a link at the time of the webinar. Webinars can be held once, can reoccur in a series, or can be the same session held multiple times.
How do I get a Zoom Webinar license?
  • ITS  has Webinar licenses available upon request.
How do I keep my Zoom Meetings secure?


Meeting Webinar


  • Zoom meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups.
  • Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium.
  • Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public.
  • Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another.
  • Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.
  • Attendees can engage in Q&A and participate in polls.

Best Used For

Small to large groups
(2+ participants) for:

  • Team meetings
  • Working sessions
  • Training sessions
  • Educational lectures with high participation
  • Attendees are known and trusted
Large events and public broadcasts (50+ attendees) such as:

  • Town halls
  • Quarterly updates
  • Educational lectures
  • Attendees maybe unknown