Zoom Webinars: Roles

There are multiple roles available for a Zoom webinar. The roles include host, alternative and co host, panelist and attendee. We will talk about role below.

  • Host

    The host is the one that schedules the webinar and they have full permissions to manage the webinar, panelists and attendees. There can only be one host and they can do things such as start and end the webinar, mute panelists, stop panelists' video, remove attendees, plus more.

  • Alternative Host and Co-host

    Alternative hosts and Co-hosts have many of the same controls as hosts do, allowing them to manage the administrative side of the webinar.

    Alternative host can be assigned when the webinar is scheduled. Alternative hosts. Alternative hosts can start the webinar on the hosts behalf. The alternative host will receive an email informing them they have been made an alternative host, which will include a link to start the webinar.

    Co-hosts are assigned once the webinar begins by the host. They are unable to start the webinar.

    Some of the controls alternative and co-hosts do not have include creating or editing polls, assigning someone to enter closed captions, and ending the webinar.

    Alternative and co-hosts must be faculty, staff or students at SHSU and you will need to send the invite to their SHSU email address.

  • Panelist

    Panelist are full participants in a webinar. They can view and sent video, share their screen, annotate, plus more. The panelist must be invited or assigned panelist permissions by the host. The panelist does have many of the controls of the host; however, some of the controls the panelist does not have are creating and editing polls, start polling, assigning someone to enter closed captions and ending the webinar. The host can also disable some controls for the panelist such as starting video, sharing the screen and recording.

  • Attendee

    Attendees are view-only participants. The host can unmute attendees if the host chooses. Their view of the webinar is controlled by the host and they can interact with the host and panelists using the Q&A or the chat if enabled. Attendees are able to answer polls are raise hand in the webinar.