Request a Webinar License for your Event

Host online events with up to 500 attendees.

All faculty, staff, and students are provisioned with licenses that allow them to conduct meetings with up to 300 participants. Zoom Webinars support up to 500 attendees in a “listen only” mode. During webinars, only the host and panelists can use their microphones and cameras or share their screens. Polling and Q&A features are available as well as registration and post-webinar reporting. To use OSU's Zoom web collaboration platform to host webinars, faculty and staff can request a webinar license from the OSU Zoom administrators.


Webinar License Request Form


Important Note:  Due to the limited number of webinar licenses available, OSU Zoom administrators must consider requests on a case-by-case basis.  Zoom administrators will grant  licenses to individuals as needed to accommodate one-time events or facilitate webinar co-hosting. Submit your request at least 48 hours in advance.



Need a dedicated webinar license?  

OSU is not able to cover the cost associated with dedicated webinar licenses.  Dedicated webinar license can be purchased through OSU's software distribution.  

Purchase a Dedicated Webinar License



Webinars differ from meetings in the following ways:

  • Host can assign video panelists
  • Host must specifically turn on audio/video for attendees
  • Attendees cannot share their screens
  • No breakout rooms
  • Question & Answer (Q&A) tool

For more, see the Zoom Help Center's Meeting and Webinar Comparison.

Webinar attendees receive video and audio content by default but cannot share their video or audio unless the host promotes them to "Panelist"; for more, see the Zoom Help Center's Promote Attendee.


Meeting vs. Webinar Features