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The following contains helpful information to gain the knowledge and skills to be successful in an online environment. Expand each list item below to access more information.

Resources for Teaching Online

Please click here for instructions. 

Access is available to following software:

  • Microsoft Apps 365 
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • New Edge
  • Media Player Classic
  • Notepad++
  • OIV
  • Mathematica
  • Gantt Project
  • SPSS
  • DB Visualizer
  • Visual Studio
  • RISA 2D, 3D, Connection, Floor, Foundation (with the server set to BE-2012-INS)
  • MAPP_MFT testing icons
  • SolidWorks
  • Jamovi

Click anywhere to begin the VoiceThread below. To navigate the slides, please use the arrow in the bottom right corner.

Nelson, C. (2022). Building an Online Community. [Video]. VoiceThread file.

Proctorio is an online proctoring solution that helps you administer Blackboard based quizzes and exams.

Proctorio is available to all course modalities.  

Proctorio offers a number of features designed to enhance academic integrity, including student identity verification and test monitoring. To learn more, play the video below.

Cremeens, L (2022). Proctorio Overview. [Video]. VoiceThread file. 

Information from Proctorio

Is online exam proctoring required?

No. The use of Proctorio is optional for faculty and not required. 

What are the instructor requirements?

If online proctoring is something you'd like to incorporate within your course, please copy and paste the following syllabus statement.

Syllabus Statement:

Online exams and quizzes within this course require online proctoring. Therefore, you will be required to have a webcam (USB or internal) with a microphone when taking an exam or quiz. You will have to use Google Chrome web browser or Microsoft Edge web browser and download Proctorio Extension. Please have your Student ID or Government Issued Photo ID ready to show at the start of the exam. 

Students are strictly responsible for ensuring that they take all exams using a reliable computer and high-speed internet connection.  

Find a private, quiet, and comfortable location to take your exam. Depending on the settings of your exam, you may be asked to do a room scan; turning your web camera to look at the room. Please note, recordings from any private residence must be done with the permission of all persons residing in the residence. You must ensure that any recordings do not invade any third-party privacy rights and accept all responsibility and liability for violations of any third-party privacy concerns.

If you need more privacy or a stable internet connection, the library offers space with a computer for taking your proctored tests.  There are rooms available during the library’s open hours on a first-come, first-served basis. You can reserve a room online up to 30 days in advance with the booking calendar, which is recommended given the limited availability. For more information about the Rice Library’s Proctorio/Zoom Rooms, please email

Setup information will be provided prior to taking the proctored exam. You do not need to schedule exams ahead of time, simply go into Blackboard and take the exam. For additional information about online proctoring, you can visit the Online Proctoring Student FAQ webpage.  

For remote proctoring, you must have: 

Proctorio offers 24/7 support  

How do I get started?

You should see the Proctorio/Secure Exam Proctor link under the "Proctorio Setup & Info” within your Blackboard Navigation. To use Proctorio you must do the following:

    1. Use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge 
    2. Install the Proctorio Extension 
    3. Click on the “Secure Exam Proctor” link within your course. 
    4. Add the Proctorio Statement to your syllabus (see statement above) 
    5. Review best practices with your students (Proctorio FAQ)

For questions and assistance contact Online Learning.

    What about Student Privacy?

    Privacy provisions have been established to ensure student privacy and FERPA compliance. For more, visit the Proctorio Privacy Policy.

    For Faculty:

    Common Troubleshooting Tips for Proctorio

    For Faculty: Overview of Proctorio Best Practices

    For Faculty: Overview of Proctorio Settings

    For Faculty: Overview of Proctorio Gradebook

    Download 'History of USI' Practice Exam

    Click here for Download

    For more information on importing this test into Blackboard, please watch the following Tech Takeaway Video:

    How To Import/Export Tests and Rubrics

    Best Practices for the Ethical Use of Proctorio

    The Guidelines for Online Learning Equivalent Instructional Activities (EIAs) assists in correlating online course content, learning activities and assessments to the credit hour standard. These guidelines are intended to assure consistency across the University for evaluating equivalencies between online and face-to-face classroom instructional activities and allocating instructional time for each activity.

    Please click here to login for access to instructions on installing the USI VPN client.

    The Online Learning office offers comprehensive consultation to help faculty design in the online environment, answer questions, and solve any issues they might be experiences in their current online courses.

    Our experienced team of instructional designers will be ready to assist you with topics related to teaching techniques, course design, the online learning environment, and the instructional technologies.

    To schedule an appointment, email Please include your contact information, the best time to reach you, and a brief summary of the topic you would like to discuss during the meeting.

    Tech Takeaways are quick video tutorials on using the above technologies. Please view the Tech Takeaways page to learn more.

    Video Conferencing with Zoom

    Zoom is a desktop video conferencing solution perfect for meeting with individuals or groups.

    Types of Zoom Accounts:

    • Basic: A basic user is a free account user who can host up to 40 minutes meetings when there are more than 2 people in the meeting. This can be used for lecture recording and for office hours.
    • Pro: A pro user is a paid account user who can host unlimited meetings on the public cloud. Can be used for class sessions and meetings.

    Getting the Appropriate Account Type:

    Free Zoom Basic Account

    Zoom Pro Account Request Form

    Downloading the Zoom Client:

    1. Visit USI's Zoom website to download the Zoom Client on your computer or mobile device.

      For a desktop computer, please follow these instructions:
      1. Click the Download button under Zoom Client for Meetings.
      2. The Zoom file will be downloaded automatically. Run the downloaded file to install the app.

        Zoom Client for Meetings Download Button Screenshot

        1. Note: if you have trouble finding the downloaded file, please go to the "downloads" folder on your computer, look for the zoominstaller or zoomlauncher file, and run it by double-clicking it.
      3. For mobile devices the process is similar to downloading other apps.

    1. Open the Zoom application and click Sign In

    2. Sign in with SSO

    3. Type USI as the company domain

    4. Log in using your myUSI username and password

    Logging in to Zoom:

    1. Log in to myUSI

    2. Click on the Zoom app icon under Eagles Apps

      Eagles App Screenshot with Zoom Circled

    Joining a Zoom Meeting:

    To join a scheduled meeting, you can do ONE of the following options:

      1. If the host of the meeting has sent an invitation, then click on the link following the text “Join form PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:” provided in the email or calendar invitation.


      2. If the host shared the Meeting ID by another method, then you may join the meeting by logging in to Zoom via myUSI, clicking the Join button and then typing in the Meeting ID.

    View the brief Join a Meeting video for more information. 

    Scheduling a Zoom Meeting:

    1. After logging in to Zoom via myUSI with either a Basic or Pro account, you may schedule a Zoom meeting and invite others to the meeting.

    2. Please view this brief video Scheduling a Meeting to learn more. 

    Starting a Scheduled Zoom Meeting:

    1. Log in to Zoom via myUSI with either a Basic or Pro account

    2. Click on Meetings

    3. Select Upcoming Meetings and click on Start button on right for the scheduled meeting.

      Screenshot of Upcoming Tab in Zoom

    Using Additional Zoom Features:

    Meeting Controls:

    Zoom Advanced Settings:

    Sharing your Screen:

    Recording a Zoom Meeting:

    Using Breakout Rooms During a Meeting:

    Polling for Zoom Meetings and Webinars:

    How to Use Waiting Rooms to Manage Office Hours & Drop-In Visitor Times:

    Enabling Closed Captions:

    Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom (PDF)

    Best Practices for Using Zoom for Web Conferencing (PDF: faculty - place in BB if appropriate)

    Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom (PDF)

    For additional Zoom tutorials, please go to the Zoom Help Center.

    • Do not share your meeting link on social media or any public forum – posting it to Blackboard or within your group in Teams is fine, that is a protected space, but forward facing media is not private or protected, and anyone can get to that link.

    • Avoid using your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) in public events. The PMI is basically one continuous meeting and if someone has access to that, they can join any Zoom session you host. So for your courses, I would typically say to use your PMI, but if you are going to post it on a front-facing website, then always choose to “automatically generate” your Meeting ID – this way it is a random number, and not your personal Meeting ID shared publicly.

    • Allow only signed-in users to join. Please view the Authentication Profiles for Meetings page.
      • When you set up your meeting, if you are only inviting USI students in your class, and not any outside guests, you can choose the option to allow only authenticated users to join. They must sign into Zoom (see screenshot of the meeting settings to check) – this means they must have a registered Zoom account and login to it to join. However, this option is not a good one if you have an outside guest or someone assisting students that does not have a USI email account (for example, an interpreter).

        Screenshot of "Only Authenticated Users can Join" Zoom Screenshot

    • You can lock the meeting; however, if a student/participant gets “kicked out” (loses connection) during a meeting, once it is locked, they cannot be readmitted.

    • You can remove unwanted participants and prevent them from rejoining. You can also use the settings features in the participants list.

      Participant Options in Zoom

    • Prevent participants from screen sharing – our default setting in our global Zoom account has been set that the host is the only one who can share. This is a precaution taken to ensure that the host controls screen sharing control.
      • It is best to limit this to those whom you know need to share their screen. To do this, the best practice is to make these individuals a co-host (you can have unlimited co-hosts). This way each person that needs screen-sharing capabilities has it and you have full awareness of who has this functionality. 

    • There are two ways to manage who may attend your meetings. You can enable the Waiting Room and/or set a passcode. After September 27, 2020, for security purposes, you MUST have either a Waiting Room enabled or a passcode set.
      • By enabling the Waiting Room, you must admit each participant. You can also customize the Waiting Room by choosing to admit participants on a case-by-case basis or admit them all at once.
      • As  an extra layer of protection you can set a passcode; however, keep in mind that you will need to make sure you remind your students/meeting participants of the password if one is set. USI has enabled the feature that embeds the passcode into the web link, so that students can pass right into the class if need be. Anyone with only the meeting ID but no passcode will not be able to join.

    Resources for Developing Online Courses

    If you already have exams or quizzes created on a Word document and would like to convert them to Blackboard content, please follow the steps below. 

    This supports Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, True/False, Essay, Matching, and Fill-in-the-Blank questions. 

    1. Follow the instructions on this website to convert your exams into a .txt file. 
    2. Upload the .txt file to your test/quiz in your Blackboard course.
      1. Login to your Blackboard course
      2.  Click "Course Tools", located under "Course Management"
      3. Select "Tests, Surveys, and Pools" from the drop-down options
      4. Select "Test"
      5. Click "Build Test"
      6. Give the test a title and click “Submit”.
      7. Click on “Upload Questions”.
      8. Click "Browse", select the .txt file you downloaded from the quiz generator, update the points per question and then click "Submit"
      9. Add a description to the test, setup the test options, and click "Submit"

    Please view the video below for more information.

    The Online Learning Office is committed to providing faculty with all they need to be successful in teaching in an online environment. We offer many services that range from how to develop an online course to training on how to use programs such as VoiceThread and many other services. To learn more about specific technology and software, you can visit the links below that provide you with information regarding specific programs that we recommend.

    For assistance, please email to schedule an appointment with an instructional designer.

    Tech Takeaways are quick video tutorials on using the above technologies. Please view the Tech Takeaways page to learn more.

    The LibGuide provides research services and support for USI's online community of learners and instructors.

    Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, nationally recognized, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. The peer review process is based on the Quality Matters Rubric, which is comprised of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards. 

    The Eight General Standards:

    1. Course Overview and Introduction
    2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
    3. Assessment and Measurement
    4. Instructional Materials
    5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
    6. Course Technology
    7. Learner Support
    8. Accessibility and Usability

    The University of Southern Indiana is a Quality Matters subscribing institution. Every semester, Online Learning hosts QM workshops to help faculty become familiar with the review process and rubric. 

    If you are interested in learning more about the QM review process and rubric or becoming a Peer Reviewer, please email Online Learning. 

    USI QM-Certified Courses

    Quality Matters at USI Homepage


    Instructions to upload Online Learning Blackboard (Bb) template 

    Download the Bb template you would like to use by clicking on the following links

    Department/Program Specific Templates:

    • Login to Blackboard and access the course where you would like to upload the Blackboard template

    • Delete all the tabs in your Blackboard site. If you have already imported or uploaded content into the course, delete all the tabs except the ones with content. To remove the tabs, please follow these steps:

      1. On the right-hand corner of the page, turn Edit Mode to "ON." 

        Screenshot of Edit Mode being on in Blackboard

      2. On the left navigation menu, click the arrow next to the tab would you like to delete
      3. Select "Delete"

        Screenshot of Delete Tab button on Blackboard

      4. Repeat these steps for the rest of the tabs in your Blackboard site
    • Import Online Learning Template by following these steps:

      1. Under “Course Management” select “Packages and Utilities,” then select “Import Package/View Logs.”

        Screenshot of Import Package Button on Blackboard

      2. Click“Import Package”

        Screenshot of Import Package Section on Blackboard

      3. Click on “Browse Computer” and select the template you downloaded from the Online Learning website
      4. Under “Select Course Materials,” click on “Select All.”
      5. Click “Submit”
      6. The import process takes a few minutes. An email will be sent to you when the import is complete.
    • Apple devices:
      • Click here to view instructions for uploading scanned documents from an Apple device.
    • Android devices:
      • Click here to view instructions for uploading scanned documents from an Android device.

    Course Development Opportunities

    Online Learning offers the Online Course Development Program (OCDP) three times a year.

    Faculty participate in the OCDP as a cohort. Each cohort will work in the semester prior and develop online courses for the following semester. For example, the Summer 2024 OCDP cohort develops Fall 2024 courses; the Fall 2024 OCDP cohort develops Spring 2025 courses, etc. 

    The OCDP encourages and accelerates the development of quality online programs that align with the university's strategic priorities. These priorities include, but are not limited to, the development of courses for Core 39, online degree programs, and high demand courses.

    Program Overview

    The estimated time commitment is 60+ hours to complete the program requirements. By submitting a proposal and approval form, the faculty agrees to:

      • Attend a full-day workshop on Applying, the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR);
      • Attend two cohort sessions (each of them 60 to 90 minutes);
      • Complete all module activities within the OCDP Blackboard site;
      • Attend scheduled meetings with an assigned instructional designer;
      • Present his/her work at the faculty showcase event at the end of the program;
      • Develop the entire course (including lectures, quizzes, assignments, projects, exams, etc.) prior to the QM Course Review, and
      • Participate in the QM Course Review and make the necessary changes (if any) to meet QM standards prior to the start of the semester the course will be taught.

    Eligibility for Course Revision

    A course that has been previously developed in the OCDP may be eligible for a course revision. A faculty member may propose a course for course revision and participate in the OCDP cohort if at least one of the following criteria is met:

      • The online course was developed in the Online Course Development Program at least 3 years ago.
      • At least 50% of the course (lectures, quizzes, assignments, projects, exams, etc.) need updating.
      • The delivery format of the course is transitioning from a full-term course to an accelerated 7-week format.


    • For faculty, the stipend ($1000/credit hour not to exceed $4000 for a new course development) or ($1000 total for a course revision) paid pursuant to this Program is pay for the performance of duties that are outside the scope of the academic period of their contracted agreement and, for administrative staff, for the performance of duties that are outside the usual position function and schedule.

    • Participants may receive only one stipend per semester under the program. 

    • The development of the course is considered to be a Work-Made-for-Hire under USI's Intellectual Property Policy. 

    • The stipend will be released only after participants have completed the OCDP Program Requirements.

    • If selected, stipends paid pursuant to this Program are Academic Supplemental or Supplemental pay under the university's Stipend and Supplemental Pay Policy.

    Program Schedule

    Fall 2024 Cohort Program Schedule (May 9 through July 28, 2024).

    Submission Process 

    1. Download and complete the Approval Form: Fall 2024 Proposal Form
    2. Email completed proposal to
    3. Form will be routed back to you for signature as the faculty.  Form will then be auto-routed to Chair and then your Dean for signature.   
    4. After all signatures are obtained, you will receive a copy of the form with all the electronic signatures.

    Learning to Teach Online (LTO) is a self-paced online course in Blackboard designed to provide resources necessary to successfully teach an online course. The focus is on the delivery of an online course, not the design. The course is open to USI faculty and USI administrative employees. Meeting with an Instructional Designer to address questions that arise or seek assistance is provided throughout the course. The LTO is comprised of 4 modules that include:

    • Introduction
    • Best Practices
    • Analytics
    • Next Steps


    USI Self-Paced Online Professional Development Request Form

    Have further questions?

    Contact Online Learning: email or call (812) 228-5124 to schedule a consultation. 

    The Self-Paced Online Course Development Program (OCDP) is a professional development program intended to support faculty in the design and development of quality online courses.  The program is entirely online in Blackboard and is open to USI faculty and USI administrative employees.  Throughout the online course an assigned Instructional Designer will be available for consultations to answer questions, look over the required deliverables, and brainstorm different ideas.  The Self-Paced OCDP has 10 modules that include:

    • Introduction
    • Start with the End in Mind
    • Design your Curriculum Blueprint
    • Creating the Course Syllabus and Calendar
    • Instructional Technologies
    • Learner Interactions
    • Integrating Learning Objectives
    • Assignment Descriptions and Rubrics
    • Library Resources
    • Best Practices in Online Teaching

    The developed courses will be evaluated using the Quality Matters (QM) 7th edition rubric.


    USI Self-Paced Online Professional Development Request Form

    Have further questions?

    Contact Online Learning: Email or call 812-228-5124 for a consultation. 

    The Online Learning office offers comprehensive consultation to help faculty design in the online environment, answer questions, and solve any issues they might be experiences in their current online courses.

    Our experienced team of instructional designers will be ready to assist you with topics related to teaching techniques, course design, the online learning environment, and the instructional technologies.

    To schedule an appointment, email Please include your contact information, the best time to reach you, and a brief summary of the topic you would like to discuss during the meeting.