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Convert Your Zoom Meeting to a Webinar

When your Cornell Zoom meeting is a forum which might include participants from outside Cornell or needs to be publicized on the internet, setting it up as a webinar might be more appropriate.

This article applies to: Zoom

Webinars are best suited for larger audiences and events open to the public, where attendees do not need to interact with each another. For details about the differences between Zoom meetings and webinars, see Meeting and webinar comparison.

Converting an existing meeting to a webinar requires a Zoom account authorized for webinars. If you're not sure of your account's license level, check your Cornell Zoom profile. Under User Type, you can see the kinds of session you are authorized to schedule and host. For details on licensing levels, see Request Large Meeting, Webinar, or Premium Audio for Zoom

If you have questions about Cornell Zoom licensing, contact the IT Service Desk.
Please be aware that after a meeting has been converted to a webinar, it cannot be converted back to a meeting.

To convert your existing Zoom meeting into a webinar:

  1. Sign in to the Cornell Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation panel, click Meetings
  3. Click the name of the meeting you would like to convert into a webinar. 
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, then click Convert this Meeting to a Webinar
  5. Click Convert to confirm.

After you have converted your Zoom meeting to a webinar, review the features available in webinars that you might find helpful for hosting your session, including assigning panelists, creating a registration form, sending email reminders, holding a practice session, and polling attendees

Scheduled webinars are listed on a separate page from meetings. To see your scheduled webinars, go to Upcoming Webinars (or, at the Cornell Zoom website, click Webinars).


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