Webinars – Introductory FAQs

This page provides answers to five frequently asked questions, to help you understand what a webinar is and if it could be the right format for your envisaged task.

Webinars have their own lexicon, if you’re new to webinars (or find terminology you’re unfamiliar with on this page) you may wish to refer to our Webinar Glossary.

1. What is a webinar?

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  • “Webinar” (“web-seminar”) is 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.

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2. What format can a webinar take?

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  • Typical formats can be anything from replicating an in-person seminar/lecture/workshop through to a team meeting or Q&A session
  • Less typically, webinar platforms can also be used for job interviews, technical troubleshooting or counselling-type 1:1s
  • Webinars can be formal or informal in tone, depending on their content and audience

Webinars tend to provide the best experience when all attendees join individually via their own device. However, it is possible to run “hybrid” sessions where some attendees/moderators are physically together, joining through one device with any remote users connecting through their own device:

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3. What tools can you use in a webinar?

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Tool availability is dependent on which webinar platform you pick, but typically most platforms will give access to:

  • The ability to present/share files such as PowerPoint presentations
  • Synchronous text, voice and video chat for real-time discussion
  • Interactive tools such as polls or whiteboards
  • The option to record sessions for future use.

If you’re not sure what a webinar platform is, refer to our Webinar Glossary.

Learn more: Webinars – Choosing a Suitable Platform


4. Who can attend a webinar?

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There is no need for anyone involved to be physically located near each other, they just need an internet connection.

  • Attendees could join from home, work or campus; either in the UK or abroad*
  • Webinars audiences can very in size from just two members to hundreds
  • Webinar audiences could comprise of UoY staff, UoY students, external non-UoY contacts or any combination of these.


5. Who can organise and run a webinar?

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Webinars will typically be facilitated by the host institution’s staff members (“moderators”) who will

  • Organise and design the session in advance
  • Recruit and invite participants
  • Actually run and moderate the session on the day.

However, staff can also allow students to run their own webinar sessions, individually or in groups.