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Joining a Webinar

The Zoom webinar feature is intended for the presentation of information with limited interaction from participants. 

Logging In

  1. Click the Webinar URL provided by the host

OR

Go to http://conferencing.psu.edu/

  1. Click the Login button in the upper right.
  2. Enter your Penn State Access Account user ID and password, if needed.
  3. Enter the Webinar ID into the Meeting ID field.
  4. Enter your email address and name in the fields provided.
  5. Click the Join the Webinar

The meeting interface will load. 

The participant webinar window with feature options visible in the upper left

Figure 1: The participant webinar window with feature options visible in the upper left.

NOTE: The first time you use Zoom in a new browser, you will be required to download and install the Zoom Launcher.

NOTE: Mobile app interfaces will appear differently but contain the same functionality.

Audio Control

Only the host and panelists have the ability to talk in a webinar. 

  1. Click the Audio Settings button in the upper right to check your speaker settings.

NOTE: A host can choose to promote you to a panelist during a webinar, this will allow you access to a variety of tools via the menu bar. Refer to the Hosting a Zoom Webinar Quick-Start Guide for help with these features.

Interacting in the Webinar

Zoom provides a Raise Hand icon, chat, and Q&A options for interacting with the host and panelists.

Raising your Hand

  1. Click the Raise Hand button at any time to indicate to the host and panelists that you have a question.
  2. To clear this, click the Lower Hand

Using Chat

  1. Click the Chat button to open the window.
  2. Type your message in the Text box at the bottom of the window.
  3. Press Enter to send.

NOTE: Chat is a feature that is controlled by the webinar host. They can choose to allow all chat, only allow attendees to chat to panelists, or turn the chat feature off completely.

Using Q&A

The Q&A feature allows you to pose questions to the panelists.

  1. Click the Q&A button to open the window.
  2. Type your response to the question in the text field.
  3. Click the Send

Q&A question displayed with private answer

Figure 2: Q&A question displayed with private answer.

NOTE: When you send your question, it is only visible to the panelists.  If the panelist chooses to reply to your question for the whole group, everyone will see both your question and the answer.

Leaving a Meeting

  1. Click the X in the upper-right corner of the window to exit the meeting.
  2. Click the Leave Meeting button in the dialog box.
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Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Students
Type of Training: 
DocumentationDocumentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Zoom