Webinars – Glossary

Webinars have their own lexicon. This page defines some common terms you may encounter when reading about webinars.

  • Webinar (“web-seminar”) – An umbrella term used to describe meetings, presentations, seminars or similar that are run in real-time over the internet. Webinars may also be referred to as live sessions, web conferences, or online/virtual classrooms, seminars or meetings.
  • Webinar room – Webinars happen in a webinar room, just as normal meetings happen in a meeting room. This room is an online space where the webinar attendees meet and interact.
  • Webinar platform – Webinar rooms are housed on and facilitated by a webinar platform; a specific website or piece of software. Examples of platforms include Blackboard Collaborate, Google Hangouts and Skype. Different webinar platforms will allow you to use different tools in your webinar.

People involved in a webinar are often referred to by their role:

  • Participant – A user with the lowest level of access in the webinar room. Participants are usually unable to control what materials are being shared in the webinar room, and do not have powers over other attendees (eg. cannot “kick” someone from the room or mute someone else’s microphone, etc).
  • Moderator – A user with the highest level of access in the webinar room. This user will have special, elevated privileges that allow them to run the webinar. They will be able to upload and share files, control what other users can do and more
  • Presenter – A user with mid-level access, somewhere between participant and moderator. Presenters can usually upload and share materials in the webinar room, but have no power over the other users in the room.
  • Attendee – Anyone that joins a webinar. Participants, presenters and moderators are all attendees.