Zoom online conferencing platform available; Add a VU virtual background

Vanderbilt has made Zoom online conferencing software available for all university faculty, students and staff. Zoom can be used for teaching classes, video conferencing, web conferencing, meetings and more.

Users can access Zoom by visiting and signing in with their VUNetID and password.

For instructions on teaching a class via Zoom, faculty and graduate students are encouraged to visit the Center for Teaching’s Zoom Guide. Zoom is integrated with Brightspace, enabling faculty and students to easily launch the conferencing platform from within their existing Brightspace courses.

For general Zoom instructions, visit VUIT’s Zoom webpage.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the VUIT support number (615-343-9999) or submit a help request at

Add a Vanderbilt virtual background in Zoom

Missing the sights of Vanderbilt while living, learning or working off campus? Bring Vanderbilt home by downloading images from the university’s award-winning photographers to use as virtual backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting.

VUIT encourages the use of virtual backgrounds as a best practice for online security, as they ensure personal working environments are not shown.

Download images from the VU library. >>

To set a virtual background in Zoom, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Zoom app and click the Settings button (gear symbol) in the top right corner.
  2. In the Settings panel, select Virtual Background from the menu at left.
  3. Select an image (or upload an image using the plus+ button) to set your virtual background.

Watch a Zoom video tutorial on adding virtual backgrounds.