What is a Webinar?

What is a webinar

A webinar is a seminar session/web conference which is conducted over the Internet. Unlike a web cast or podcast, a webinar allows the participants to interact with the presenter(s) either through voice or instant messaging. Webinars are conducted 'live' with a set start/end time and agenda. The presenter will speak over a standard telephone line or microphone, pointing out information being presented on your computer screen. The participants listen via a standard telephone line or through their computer speakers and watch the PowerPoint presentation live on their computer screen. You can also use a headset to listen to the audio portion of the presentation. Just look for a headset with a USB plug-in for your computer.

Please Note!
Webinars are LIVE presentations. You need to note the time very carefully.

Presentations are scheduled in Eastern Time.
Click here for information on time zones.

Technical Support/Requirements

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
or higher

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

To Participate

You need access to a telephone, a computer with Internet connectivity (high-speed is not required) and a standard web browser. You can use a cellphone to listen to the webinar, but a landline phone is recommended. Our system is through gotowebinar.com, so you may have to download the software before you can connect into the webinar. Please do this 30 minutes before the start of the webinar.

Materials and handouts: All presentation materials will be distributed via email to participants within 24-48 hours of the start of the session or after the session is over along with the recording link. All participants who sign up for a live webinar will get access to the recording link.

Recordings: All webinars are recorded. The recording link will be available to participants and those who could not participate in the live webinar within 24 - 48 hours. There is a fee to access the recording link. Recordings are recorded using Windows Media file. If you find that your system cannot work with this file, then you can download a free VLC player. You can access it by going here.

Surveys: Each webinar will have a survey you can participate in after the webinar is over. Please provide feedback so that we can plan future programming for you.

Webinar Topics: Webinar topics are usually planned in advance, but if you have suggestions for topics and/or presenters, please let us know by contacting us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Submission of your registration constitutes a commitment to pay all registration fees. CRD Members: You can register for a webinar, but you will not get access to the recording link or PPT unless payment is received at the national office. Due to the short registration period for webinars, there are no refunds/cancellations. Note the dates and times of sessions very carefully. Published session times are in Eastern Time. Remember that another person from your institution may participate on your behalf. Non-members must have payment sent to the national office before they can participate in a live webinar or get access to the recording link.

Don MacKenzie

"Being a new Executive Director of a Community College Foundation I have found the resources available to me through CRD to be invaluable. 

The conferences I have attended and the interaction with my colleagues from across the country have immensely accelerated my learning curve.

Thank you CRD for the role that you play in helping me positively affect the students of GRCC!"


Don MacKenzie
Executive Director
Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, MI