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Information Technology Services

Webinars & Meeting Rooms

Zoom is a web conferencing solution that can be used to conduct synchronous online meetings and webinars. Faculty, staff, and students at Loyola can schedule and host meetings. This section identifies key differences between Zoom Webinars and Zoom Meeting Rooms.

Meeting Rooms
Is a license required? Yes,
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Maximum number of Participants
(Including hosts and presenters)
500 or 1,000 seat 300
Video Participation up to 50 presenters up to 100 video participants
Ability to Share Video/Audio
(Requires Client Application)
Hosts and Presenters only
All participants
Option to mute all attendees
upon entrance
(Attendees can't be heard unless
host enables their audio)
Turn off participant/attendee
(Attendees can't be seen unless
host enables their video)
Live Broadcasting to
Facebook, Youtube or Workplace
Yes Yes
Practice Session Yes No
Flexible Registration Options Yes Yes
Participant Communication Options
Q&A and Chat
Chat and Breakout Rooms
Polling Yes Yes
Recording option Yes Yes
VoIP and Global Dial-In
(Dial-In tolls apply)
Unlimited Unlimited
Session duration limit Unlimited Unlimited
Reporting Yes Yes


Learn more about these features

  • Maximize Attendance: Up to 500 or 1000 attendees/participants (2 Webinar licenses, one 500-seat, one 1000-seat).
  • HD Video and Audio Conferencing: Up to 50 live video panelists (25 per screen) can share their webcam and interact with the audience of up to 1000 attendees.
  • Live Broadcasting: Integrations with Facebook Live and YouTube to broadcast to an unlimited audience.
  • Flexible registration options: Enable the ability for registration, either approve manually or automatically, or share your webinar without the need for user registration.
  • Customized branding: Add your logo and customize emails and registration forms.
  • Dual screen support: Show panelists and presentation at same time.
  • Practice session: Meet with other panelists to prep for your webinar.
  • Host Controls: You can mute/unmute panelists, and promote attendee to panelist, giving them audio & video capabilities for enhanced engagement.
  • Q&A dialog box: Attendees ask questions with live or text answers.
  • Polling: Receive and share audience input. Create your polls in advance, or on the fly during your webinar.
  • Chat: Private and group panelist chat (can be enabled for attendees too).
  • Attendee Raise Hand: Increase attendee engagement with a simple raised hand.
  • Desktop/application sharing:One-click HD screen sharing, capable of even sharing video and audio clips with ease.
  • Unlimited audio: VoIP and global dial-in (toll applies) for 60+ countries.
  • Recording: Record locally or temporarily in the cloud in .MP4 (Video with Audio) or .MP4A (Audio) formats allowing you to upload to Panopto or other services, share or promote with additional audience.
  • Reporting: Get reports on registrants, attendees, polling, and Q&A for follow up.
  • Large Meetings: Up to 300 attendees/participants for each Zoom Meeting room.
  • HD Video and Audio Conferencing: Engage with your participants, enabling their ability to use Webcams and audio with ease.
  • Desktop/application sharing: One-click HD screen sharing, capable of even sharing video and audio clips with ease.
  • Breakout rooms: Create video breakout rooms so participants can work together with audio and video in small groups for specific projects or needs.
  • Remote Screen Control: Alternately to Breakout Rooms, configure your Meeting to allow Remote Screen Control for technical support requests.
  • Annotation and Whiteboarding: Turn your screen into a whiteboard to annotate and mark up key features or aspects to drive home points and engage with your participants.
  • Polling: Receive and share input from your participants. Create your polls in advance, or on the fly during your meeting.
  • Chat: Chat quickly with your entire participant lists or one-on-one privately.
  • Attendee Raise Hand: Increase engagement with features to 'raise hand'.
  • Create Meeting Appointments directly in Outlook: Install the Outlook plugin and create a Zoom Meeting as you create your own meeting appointment.
  • Registration options: Enable the ability for participants to register for your meeting, approve either manually or automatically, or share your meeting URL without the need for any user registration.
  • Unlimited audio: VoIP and global dial-in (toll applies) for 60+ countries.
  • Recording: Record locally in .MP4 (Video with Audio) or .MP4A (Audio) formats allowing you to upload to Panopto or other services, share with students or other participants who were unable to attend.

What is best for your needs?

There are a lot of overlapping features that make Zoom an excellent tool to utilize. This section reviews key differences to help determine which one is right for your needs.

Zoom Webinar

  • Presentations for over 300 attendees. The clearest difference is how many individuals can join. Webinars offer 500 or 1000 total attendees (including hosts and presenters) while Meetings have a limit of 300.
  • Streaming to Facebook or YouTube. Only Zoom Webinars offer this functionality. This feature can greatly expand your impact and audience reach. Recordings will stay in these social media platforms enabling users for those sites to engage, comment or share your webinars even further.

What are some Zoom Webinar examples?

  • Schools may utilize the Webinar functions for information sessions for prospective students interested in pursuing a degree or learning more about their area.
  • Departments offering their alumni population the opportunity to join in a guest presenter that is an expert in the field.
  • Faculty and staff may serve as guest presenters in conferences or consortiums, utilizing the Zoom Webinar can allow even larger reach for those who were unable to attend conferences in-person.
  • Large cross-department full-day presentations, allowing campus partners to join remotely for the session(s) that they find most applicable to their tasks and interactions with those groups.

Zoom Meeting Rooms

  • Teams, Group Projects & Cross-Campus Meeting. Zoom Meetings is perfect for small group meetings. Whether as a student and meeting with your project group, an instructor meeting with fellow colleagues in your department, or staff team meetings with members across our several campuses, Meeting Rooms are a perfect way to connect with ease, communicate with video and/or voice, share screens and even recording meetings for later reference.
  • Screen Recordings and Trainings. You can join your own Zoom Meeting room in order to share your screen, capture screen recordings of applications, and have a video or audio guide to share as needed. Similarly, if you have or offer training sessions, you can record them in order to create an archive and share for self-paced learning as well.
  • Online Instruction. If you are an instructor or faculty member, the Zoom Meeting Room is a perfect fit for online classes or as an additional tool to help facilitate and enable teaching courses. Visit the Instructional Teaching & Research Services (ITRS) page for Teaching with Technology using Zoom to learn more.

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