EScholarship Virtual Backgrounds

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About Virtual Backgrounds

The last couple years have brought about a completely new way of interacting via the use of virtual meetings. Let your creative abilities shine by presenting a WSU Themed Virtual Background which allows virtual meeting attendees to introduce their spirit or character via a fun, interesting or unique virtual background graphic or photo. Be sure to stick to this year's theme "The Future of Learning".

This Year's Theme

This year's theme is THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.

The 2021-2022 university theme “The Future of Learning” asks the campus to explore together how we can close the gap between how we are organized and the needs of the future. Show us your visions for:

  • Who will be learning at WSU?
  • How will we learn at WSU?
  • What environments and tools will support learning at WSU?


  • Team Size: 1 student
  • Format
    • Zoom Backgrounds
      • Zoom background photo/graphic should be under 5MB in size.
      • Accepted file formats are JPG/JPEG, 24-bit PNG, or GIF.
    • Microsoft Teams Backgrounds
      • Backgrounds minimum size: 360x360 pixels, maximum size: 2048x2048 pixels
      • File types: jpeg, png, bmp
      • Aspect ratio: greater than 4.
  • Entry must follow the theme: “The Future of Learning”
  • All entrees are entered into competition under a Creative Commons License. If you do not know what this is please be sure to read about it before you enter.
IMPORTANT: All entries must be created/edited on one of your WSU mobile devices. Photos/videos may be taken with your phone.

Submission Information

Submission Dates

  • January 1st - March 31st, 2022
  • You can start working on your entries at any time but cannot submit until after January 1st, 2022.

Submission Information

*To submit your entries go to

  • If you are submitting more than one entry to a category:
    • Submit 1st entry to link above, any additional entries in that category to Please include your name and warrior ID # in the email along with the entry's title and category.


By submitting an entry, I guarantee that the content of my entry is free of any copyright restriction and agree to provide WSU with copies of any copyright releases I have acquired, should they be requested. Winona State University cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from possible copyright violation. I agree to defend and indemnify the University and/or the University’s licensees and assignees and hold them harmless against all claims, suits, costs losses, damages, and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that the University and/or the University’s licensees and assignees may sustain by reason of any unlawful matter contained in the program. WSU also reserves the right to use submissions to the e-Competition, in whole or in part, for future promotion and demonstration.

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How We Judge

  • Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on the following:
    • Use of the eWarrior theme – 20%
    • Overall impact (inspiring, persuasive, informational) – 20%
    • Creativity – 20%
    • Memorable content and delivery – 20%
    • Clear message – 20%



Feel free to stop in at the Digital Learning Commons in Krueger Library with any questions.

Or email:

Past Years Entries

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There are five categories in which students may participate.

The recipient(s) of each event will win a $1,000 e-Warrior: Digital Life & Learning Scholarship provided by Aspen Capital.