Webinars come in many shapes and sizes, however their primary goal supports synchronous seminar-like sessions with one or several presenters or speakers, sharing information with an audience. This can encapsulate a simple presentation with powerpoint slides, or a rich multimedia experience with webcams, audio, video, screenshares and audience participation. Below you find guides and resources identifying the resources, tools and strategies to plan and conduct a webinar with success.
Webinars & Meeting Rooms
Learn about the features that both Zoom Webinar and Meeting Rooms offer, compare features, deliver a webinar-like experience from your own meeting room, and learn about recommended equipment.
- Webinar & Meeting Rooms Comparison: Compare features shared and unique to each virtual environment.
- Watch 'Requesting and Delivering a Webinar'. See a video overview of features, request process, and delivering a successful webinar.
- Webinar-Like Meetings: Instructions to deliver a webinar-like experience in a regular meeting room. Instructions include disabling participant microphone usage, disabling video upon entrance, and configuring the Chat to serve as if it were a Q&A for only presenters to see.
- Recommended Equipment & Basics: There are several formats Webinars can take, review basic terminology, and equipment recommendations. Useful for delivering webinar-like meetings as well.
Learn about our recommended workflow for delivering an outstanding webinar experience, from start to finish.
Login to our ITS Self-Service Portal to complete the Zoom Webinar Request form.
Requests require review and approval from the Constituency Engagement workgroup (48hrs, Mon-Fri), we recommend submitting requests between 2-6 weeks of your event date. Please do not submit webinar requests greater than 6 months in advance. This affords sufficient time for our review/approval process, meeting time to review/configure the event, conduct a practice/review, and to enable sufficient time to communicate with your prospective audience to maximize attendance. A Digital Media Services staff member will follow up with your service request to gather more information based on your event and goals and plan the next steps for event link creation and walkthrough.
Looking to utilize Breakout Rooms in your event? Zoom Webinars do not offer this feature, please consider visiting our Webinar-Like Meetings page to learn more about creating a meeting room with a webinar-like delivery and experience.
Note: Zoom Webinars are limited to University Faculty and Staff only. Students can host sessions within Zoom Meetings Rooms. Students can review Webinar-Like Meetings for tips on how to configure a meeting room to be similar to a webinar-like experience.
A Digital Media Services staff member will follow up for a Zoom Meeting to dialog and discuss your webinar request, highlight the available features, and configure the Webinar event and URL with you. While some information will be present in your request, please have the following details and information prepared, or emailed in advance of this meeting:
- Topic, Description, Date, and Duration. Much like a Zoom Meeting Room, the Topic, Description, and date details are required, and we'll complete during our meeting and/or from information provided from your request form submission.
Enable Registration (Recommended). Registration enables collecting attendee names and emails, other questions/details you wish to collect, and allows you or your area to provide subsequent contact before and after the webinar. Without registration, users may potentially join with names that you may not be able to identify or associate back to a member of the Loyola community (ex: "Johnny" as opposed to "Johnny Smith" who registered with their Loyola email).
- Webinar Password: If you wish to have additional security for your webinar, you may create a password up to 10 characters in length.
- Video & Audio: Similar to a Zoom Meeting, Host and Panelists videos may be configured to be On or Off upon joining the webinar. Audio defaults to both Telephone and Computer Audio settings, which are recommended.
- Webinar Options:
- Q&A: Optional. Choose to enable Q&A as a feature for your attendees to ask Panelists questions.
- Enable Practice Session: Enabled. This feature enables Panelists to join in advance to test joining the event as well as test their audio, video, network connection, and overall experience. Review the subsequent section for more details on Practice Sessions.
- Only authenticated users can join: Optional. With this enabled, your attendees must have a confirmed Zoom account which they are using to sign-in for the event. While this isn't limited to just Loyola accounts, it prevents users without a verified email address/Zoom account from joining.
- Record the webinar automatically. Optional. If you wish to have a recording of your webinar, we will record temporarily into the cloud. Setting to record automatically avoids risks of forgetting to 'press record' at the beginning of the event. Review the subsequent section for Webinar Recordings best practices
- Alternative Hosts: The requestor will serve as the Alternative Host, while others will be added as Panelists (ex: presenters, Q&A moderators, etc).
We'll review some additional features you may choose to take advantage, which can be configured after the Event URL is created and/or adjusted during the Practice Session prior to broadcasting and 'letting your attendees in', including:
- Polls for live-polling attendees
- Chat for attendees
- Raise Hands audience engagement feature
After the meeting, we add the event to our University Webinars calendar. While not all Zoom Webinars may be public, this space serves as a central repository to list Zoom Webinar usage for the benefit of our community and University Constituency Workgroups as well. If you are looking to further market your event, consider contacting University Marketing & Communications.
Digital Media Services offers weekly training and walkthroughs for those with upcoming webinars, or faculty/staff interested to learn more about the Zoom Webinar experience and process.
While your Panelists and Presenters may have famliarity with Zoom for meeting rooms, we've created a "Panelist Checklist" to best ensure a successful experience for their sake, as well as the audiences. We highly recommend utilizing the same URL for the Webinar to meet and practice. For events with large number of Panelists, consider joining 60 minutes before the event. For minutes to meet with your panelists, preferably a day prior to the event to allow for any adjustments they may need to consider. Take advantage of these pages to share in advance and prior to broadcasting your event to best ensure a smooth experience:
- Panelist Checklist for delivering a successful Zoom Webinar
- Pre-Broadcast Checklist (review during "Practice Session" before webinar start)
Follow our recommended timeline to best ensure a successful webinar experience for you, your panelists and attendees.
|Panelist Practice Session||
As the moderator, we suggest joining the Practice Session first before your Panelists join, in order to make remaining adjustments for the session (ex: set Attendees Chat to be with "No One", Disable Raise Hands).
We recommend providing enough time for Panelists to join before "broadcasting" in order to review the Pre-Event Checklist (verifying quality of audio, video, screenshare, network quality), and also consider. Host and Panelists can join up to 60 minutes before the scheduled start time.
|15-60 Minutes before Start|
|Click "Start Webinar" to Let Everyone In
||As the Moderator, have your Webinar Housekeeping slides (updated).pptx open and in presentation mode. Press Share Screen so the "We'll begin shortly" title slide is visible. Press the Start Webinar (or Broadcast) button to allow attendees to join before the event.||5 Minutes before Start|
|Provide housekeeping||Before introducing the Event, it's recommended that the Host or Moderator verbally the Housekeeping slides, introducing the audience to the features available to them during the event (Audio Settings, Q&A, Raise Hands, Chat, etc).||Minute 0|
|Dive right into the presentation!
||Your Moderator will introduce themselves, the topic, and the Panelists. Waste no time diving right into the content of the presentation. The moderator can emphasize audience features (ex: Q&A can be added at any time, but will be reviewed within the last 15 minutes, etc).
Encourage discussion-based presentation if applicable. Lectures are great for conveying information, but never discount the engaging power of discussion. Your moderator should be skilled enough to bring in questions that lead to a discussion of topics of interest. If you’re hosting multiple presenters, ask them to co-present on a topic when possible. Hearing multiple voices and their questions and comments brought into the presentation will discourage attendees from tuning out.
|Leave time for Q&A||Pad in enough time to encourage and enable your attendees to ask questions about the topics discussed.||Final 5-10 Minutes|
|Provide presenters with a final comment||Sometimes that final question is a doozy. Other times it may be a bit lackluster. After you wrap up your Q&A portion of the event, turn it back over to your presenters for a final comment. Let them know ahead of time that you will be doing this to give them a chance to draft some compelling final remarks to help you end your session smoothly and concisely. They are the subject matter experts after all. If you are presenting solo, give yourself this opportunity.||Final 5-10 Minutes|
|Leave attendees with a call-to-action||What’s the purpose of your event? Whether you are prospecting, providing education, or building your community, you have a great opportunity with online events to ask your participants to take action. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote any upcoming events that you are hosting or are involved with as well. Make your call-to-action clear and concise, and be sure to provide your audience with everything that they need to succeed.||Final 5 Minutes|
|Thanks and End Webinar
As your session concludes, you can thank the presenters, panelists, and audience for attending. The Host will press the End Webinar button effectively concluding the session. If recording Local To Computer, after the session ends, Zoom will display a status bar as it converts and finalizes the recording files.
The Digital Media Services staff will compile a report upon the conclusion of the event. Be aware that longer events may take more time for Zoom Recordings and Reports to finalize, so reports and recordings may be sent along within 24-hours (Mon-Fri).
As we close out your Webinar Service Request, we will provide you with a SharePoint folder link:
- Registration & Attendance Reports. The Registration Report will include First and Last Name, Email, other custom questions. The Attendee Report will also include session information (Join Time, Leave Time, Time In Session, and Country/Region).
- Webinar Recording source files. This can include several files including Share Screen With Speaker, Speaker view, Share Screen view, Audio Only, and Audio Transcript. These files can be uploaded into the Panopto video repository for further security and ease of sharing. Please login to Panopto in advance so we can move the recording to your account to serve as owner. When notified, the video link in Panopto will have the setting of Unlisted, Anyone can view/no sign-in required.
Please be aware the report files will be present in a SharePoint folder for 30 days after the event. Do not link directly to media assets in the share, as it is not intended for video sharing and such security and playback features that Panopto enables.
Upload your Meeting Recording to Panopto. Consider uploading your finalized and reviewed meeting recording video to Panopto. Panopto is a tool managed by Information Technology Services for lecture capture and video sharing. You can make videos public, unlisted (only accessible to those with the link), or private (limited to an audience within Loyola that you decide who has access).
Contact those who attended and those who couldn't attend. Depending on the nature of your webinar, use the Attendance Reports to consider sending an email to those who could attend, with a link (if applicable) the recording in Panopto, and any other resources mentioned during the event. For those who registered and were unable to attend, consider contacting them as well with a "we're sorry we missed you" and consider sharing either the Panopto link to the recording, resources or a list of future events from your area for continued engagement.
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