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Any number of unforeseen circumstances may require prolonged closures of the campus or campus buildings and it is important to prepare for the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. UofSC Aiken has the resources available to avoid class cancellations if instructors are put in a position to temporarily teach a face-to-face class in an online format with minimal notice. This guide will provide you with some actions to take when making that shift quickly to stay on schedule for the semester. Please know that UofSC Aiken’s Office of Distance Learning is the primary support resource for Blackboard and faculty training for pedagogy and technology for learning.

UofSC Aiken’s Office of Distance Learning is responsible with supporting faculty in all aspects of teaching online providing quality assurance in the use of supported technologies, the Blackboard learning management system (LMS), and promoting deeper knowledge related to online andragogic best practices from an instructional design perspective. Online learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, hybrid courses, and remote teaching all have the common factor in that all of these course modalities rely on technology to ensure learning takes place.

To join UofSC Aiken’s Remote Teaching Certificate Course on Blackboard:

When you enroll, you will now be a student in the course and can engage from a student perspective as the UofSC Aiken’s Distance Learning staff provides a pathway to success through a series of modules, activities, and assessments. The Remote Teaching Certification Course is self-paced but to earn the certificate you must complete the course achieving at least 90% through assignment submissions, discussion participation, and quizzes. If you have questions please feel free to contact me and we hope to engage with you over the summer.

View the Keep Teaching: Academic Continuity Plan

View the Remote Teaching Checklist

View Remote Teaching Resources to Help Students

Technology and University Resources

There are many resources available to online students, from tutoring to counseling to addressing academic honesty. You are encouraged to utilize the available student and academic support services throughout the semester.

Online students will need access to a reliable computer with high-speed internet access. To access the course site, please log into the Blackboard Learning Management System using your Blackboard username and password credentials.

To be able to participate fully in USC Aiken online courses; you must have:

  • The minimum requirements for computer hardware: University computer requirements are listed here. You may also need access to a webcam and headset microphone.
  • Reliable and speedy internet access: Online coursework requires you to have reliable internet access and fast connection speed, as you will be taking online tests. High-speed internet connection is required, but a wired connection is preferred, especially while taking tests.
  • Computer competency: You must be very comfortable with using email and discussion boards, uploading and downloading documents, and accessing resources such as search engines and websites (e.g., Google, etc.).

For Blackboard help tutorials to learn about basic Blackboard functions, visit the Blackboard help site.

To obtain assistance with technical issues in Blackboard (removing pop-up blockers, opening files or quizzes, etc.), or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the USC Aiken Computer Services Help Desk

The Help Desk is located in B&E Suite 238. You may email the Help Desk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 803-641-3391 from non-campus phones or use extension 4357 from campus phones.

For after-hours outages, text or call 803-265-LANN or 803-265-5266 (texts are preferred).

If you are new to Blackboard and/or are not aware of your Blackboard login credentials, you can find complete instructions on Self-Service Carolina Help.

You can follow the registrations guides at Self-Service Carolina Help for getting your network username for Blackboard and to set your password at my.sc.edu or go to SC Authentication Service to login.

If you are an online student at USC Aiken you should have access to a computer that meets the university's minimum hardware specifications. The Office of Distance Learning recommends that online students have access to a webcam, either built in or external, and purchase a headset with noise-cancelling microphone for effective communication.

You should have or will acquire the following technology skills throughout this course:

  1. Downloading and installing software applications.
  2. Using Microsoft Office (or similar alternative software) to draft and save in multiple file formats.
  3. Copying and pasting between documents and Blackboard. To select all press and hold Ctrl (the control key) on the keyboard and then press the A on the keyboard. To copy, press and hold Ctrl and then press the C on the keyboard. To paste, press and hold down Ctrl and then press V.
  4. Communicate effectively using a webcam and microphone in synchronous interactions or create and upload multimedia content via video or social media platforms.
  5. Using Blackboard to upload files, post to discussion boards, complete tests, participate in wikis, and post blog entries (where applicable).
  6. Using a USCA supported video conferencing tools (Blackboard Collaborate, Yuja, or Adobe Connect) to participate in video conferencing sessions, view recordings, or create recordings (if applicable).
  7. Using USCA email accounts to communicate with your instructors. 

University Supported Software

You should have access to and be proficient with the software and hardware discussed below.

Mandatory accessories include a webcam, either built-in or external, and noise-cancelling headphones with microphone (external, not one built into your computer).

    • Firefox - Blackboard usually prefers this browser. 

Download Firefox for free

    • Chrome - This is a backup browser for Blackboard. If you cannot access something in Firefox, try Chrome or Safari before contacting your professor or USC Aiken’s Help Desk. (Note: Internet Explorer is not a recommended browser due to security risks and incompatibility with Blackboard.)

Download Chrome for free

Visit Google Drive

View Google's privacy policy

View Google's accessibility statement

    • Safari - This is a backup browser for Blackboard. If you cannot access something in Firefox, try Chrome or Safari before contacting your professor or USC Aiken’s Help Desk. (Note: Internet Explorer is not a recommended browser due to security risks and incompatibility with Blackboard.)

Download Safari for free

    • Respondus LockDown Browser - The assessments in this course may require using the Respondus LockDown Browser (review any special instructions with course examinations). Respondus LockDown Browser creates a "locked" testing environment that prevents you from viewing other web pages, accessing other applications, and printing or copying the assessments. You must download and install LockDown Browser before you take any exams. The Respondus Install and User Quick Start Guide provides information on the installation and usage of Lockdown Browser. Do this now so that you are prepared for your first assessment. Additionally, you may be required to also use Respondus Monitor in which case you will need webcam and microphone capabilities to attempt an examination. 

Download and Install the Respondus LockDown Browser

USC AIken does provide some software discounts for students:

  • Free Microsoft 360 download.
  • Microsoft Office 365 allows access to the following software applications: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, One Note, OneDrive, and Outlook. Office 365 is available for free to USC AIken students. and may be required to complete various course assignments (part of the free Microsoft 360 download). Full information and download instructions can be found on the Office 365 page of the Help Desk website.
  • Microsoft Office Mix is an add-on to Microsoft PowerPoint. With Mix, you can create voice-over PowerPoint lectures that are self-running and contain a number of interactive items, such as embedded video, quizzes, and screencasts. Mix is an additional tab that appears on your PowerPoint ribbon. Students are afforded the use of Mix for free. The free download can be found on the Office Mix website.
  • You may need access to a high-speed Internet, webcam, and a headset with microphone to participate in the live, synchronous class sessions. Video Conferencing Tools supported by Distance Learning are Blackboard Collaborate, Yuja Video Conference, and Microsoft Teams. (Adobe Connect no longer supported)

PLAGIARISM SOFTWARE

The University of South Carolina Aiken is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the professor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism.

  • SafeAssign:  Professors may elect to have students submit assignments to the Blackboard’s Safe Assign feature and will be included as source documents in Safe Assign’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.
  • TurnItIn:  All course materials are subject to submission to scholarly authentication and will be included as source documents in Turnitin.com's restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. Turnitin.com can be used as an academic tool to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.  If your professor will use TurnItin, he/she will provide you with the following login credentials and other information.
    • Obtaining your Turnitin.com Login Credentials (if required by the instructor)
      • Go to Turnitin.com and create an account using your own email address and password (tip: use your school email address here to keep your schoolwork organized.)
        • Click on the tab “Enroll in a Class” and enter the following information:
        • Class/section ID: xxxxxxx
        • Enrollment Password: xxxxxxx

Respondus LockDown Browser:  To increase the integrity of online tests, professors may elect to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser, which creates a "locked" testing environment that prevents you from viewing other web pages, accessing other applications, and printing or copying the assessments. If instructed, you must download and install LockDown Browser before you take any exams. The Respondus Install and Use Quick Start Guide provides information on the installation and usage of Lockdown Browser.  

When taking assessments using Respondus:

  • Students should seek a computer with a wired connection. If using a wireless connection, be sure to be close enough to the wireless router that has the strongest signal.
  • Be sure to close ALL applications on your computer and double-click on the Respondus Lockdown Browser icon to open the application. Log into Blackboard, access your course, and navigate to the assessment.

Academic Integrity

The USC Aiken Student Handbook defines violations of academic integrity as follows:

The principle of academic integrity prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty including cheating, lying, bribery, and plagiarism. The following examples illustrate conduct that violates academic integrity, but this list is not exhaustive.

  • Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, or attempting to give or receive such assistance in connection with the performance of any academic work.
  • Unauthorized use of materials or information of any type or the unauthorized use of any electronic or mechanical device in connection with the completion of any academic work.
  • Unauthorized use of any portable electronic device unless required for the course during a test period without consent of the instructor.
  • Access to the contents of any test or examination of the purchase, sale, or theft of any test or examination prior to its administration.
  • Use of another person’s work without proper acknowledgement of source; i.e. plagiarism.
  • Intentional misleading of any person in connection with any academic work including the scheduling, completion, performance, or submission of any such work.
  • Offering or giving any favor or thing of value for the purpose of influencing improperly a grade or other evaluation of a student in an academic program.
  • Conduct intended to interfere with an instructor’s ability to evaluate accurately a student’s competency or performance in an academic program.

Only the appropriate faculty member can “authorize” assistance, use of materials, etc. Whenever a student is uncertain as to whether conduct would violate academic integrity, it is the responsibility of the student to seek clarification from the appropriate faculty member prior to engaging in such conduct.

University of South Carolina: A Brief Guide to Proper Attribution of Ideas and Expression, Avoiding Plagiarism.

Plagiarism could be defined as follows:

Plagiarism is intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. It includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work, which has wholly or in part been created by another. It also includes the presentation of the work, ideas, representations, or words of another without customary and proper acknowledgement of sources. Students must consult instructors for clarification in any situation in which documentation is an issue. Students will be considered to have plagiarized whenever their work is not properly documented.

Academic Integrity is a core value of our community of learners. Every member of the academic community (students, faculty, and staff) is expected to maintain high standards of integrity in all facets of work and study. The Student Guide to Academic Integrity describes appropriate academic conduct in research, writing, assessment, and ethics. 

Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at USC Aiken. The penalties can be severe and include: failing the assignment, failing the course, and referral to Student Judicial Programs to face form conduct charges.Students found in violation may be suspended or expelled and can have a permanent notation affixed to the official transcript indicating that an academic integrity violation occurred. Students are urged to discuss questions regarding academic integrity with instructors, advisors, or with the academic deans.

Please note that even if you paraphrase another's work, you must also cite your source in the text, just as you would a direct quote. Additionally, submitting a paper you have written for another course is also a form of plagiarism known as multiple submissions.

You may be turning in papers through Turnitin or SafeAssign, online tools that assists in discovering plagiarism. Plagiarism.org is another great resource to help you avoid plagiarism.

If you intentionally or blatantly plagiarize, you will fail the class, and the case can be reported to the Student Judiciary Board.

For scholarly writing formats you may be using either MLA or APA formatting, depending on the topic of your submissions, and cite your sources. Projects focused on the fields of English, literature, languages, or culture will use MLA; projects focused on the social sciences, business, or nursing will use APA. Review appropriate citation guides like Purdue's research and citation resources. Generally, the following principles apply:

  1. All quotes, summaries, paraphrases, and facts must have two types of documentation. The first is a parenthetical or in-text citation inserted in the text where the referenced content appears. The second is a bibliographic entry or endnote on a References/Works Cited page at the end of the paper.
  2. Anything cited word-for-word is a quote and must appear in quotation marks. Quotes must be documented.
  3. Any source cited in the paper should have a corresponding bibliographic entry/endnote at the end of the document.
  4. Only sources cited in the paper should appear in the References/Works Cited. Sources you read but do not cite may be cited in a separate Works Consulted.
  5. All quotes, paraphrases, and summaries must have page numbers as they are identified in the original source. Many internet sites do not have page numbers listed online (it does not count if they appear when you print out the document), although some do (such as pdfs and online journals). Only site a page number if it is identified in the original source.

Be sure to review this information carefully, as it includes clarifications of the policies upheld in this course, especially the Student Guide to Academic Integrity.

“Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to the subject.” The preceding comes from the American Association of University Professors’ statement on academic freedom. Though the entire statement speaks to many issues, it is this portion on the conduct of the course that is most relevant. For the purpose of coursework, this means that faculty members have the right to conduct their classes in a fashion they deem appropriate as long as the material presented meets the learning objectives laid out by the entire faculty.

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is an integral educational and administrative component of the University of South Carolina Aiken which supports the overall mission of the University by enhancing the cognitive, ethical, emotional, occupational, physical and social development of students while adhering to the legal and ethical standards of our professions. The Division provides activities, programs and services to address the changing needs of students, staff, faculty and the community. Student Affairs provides information on student services, student involvement, leadership programs, student handbook, and events.

Library Services

Visit the Gregg-Graniteville Library site to learn about the many resources that are available for undergraduate students. To receive help regarding the university library, please use the Ask a Librarian support feature.

Academic Success Center

Use the Center for Student Achievement to access information on academic advising, the Writing Center, the Tutoring Center, and other resources. You are encouraged to use the Gregg-Graniteville Library's Citation Style Guides web page and/or the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) as a resource for writing using certain style guides, as instructed by your professor. Writing consultants come from a range of disciplines and are formally trained to provide feedback during all phases of the writing process. The Writing Center is staffed by students and English faculty. Located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, (Rooms 112 and 119), the Writing Center is available to students who want to drop-in. Appointments are recommended, however.

Disability Services Office

The Disability Services Office provides accommodations to ensure that educational programming and services are accessible to students with disabilities. If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability that might affect your performance in this class, please contact the Disability Services Office, B&E 130, (803) 643-6816, as soon as possible if you believe you are eligible for accommodations. The Disability Services Office will require appropriate documentation to determine accommodations. Once determination of eligibility is made, students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the professor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the semester.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers counseling services to full-time and part-time students free of charge. The Counseling Center is available to address a variety of concerns. Browse our topics and issues, and if you don't see what you're looking for, please contact us and tell us what's on your mind. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call the Counseling Center at 803-641-3609 or stop by Room 126 in the Business and Education Building during office hours.

Veteran and Military Student Success (VMSS)

The Veteran and Military Student Success Center is an asset to veteran, active duty, and military family member students. It offers a meeting space where students can study for exams, learn from current students, and find a sense of community during their transition back into civilian life. You can rely on and connect at the VMSS and may become an important part of your journey in higher education, and for veteran and military students coming to USC Aiken, making your way into the VMSS and using the resources can set you apart and lead you to success. Call 803-643-6767 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Graduation Information

Students wishing to receive a degree from the University of South Carolina Aiken must use the online degree application. Failure to apply for graduation by the deadline will delay your application until another term. All diplomas will be mailed. View more information about graduation procedures for online students.

Accessibility

The technology tools utilized within this course offer a variety of accessibility features, such as compatibility with screen readers, text-based visual alternatives, video scripts, and attention to Universal Design. The central platform for this course, Blackboard, also complies with ADA requirements. The university seeks to provide effective services and accommodation for qualified individuals 

By federal law, you are entitled to and eligible for accommodation through the Disability Services Office. USC Aiken seeks to provide effective services and accommodation for qualified individuals with documented disabilities. 

The Disability Services Office provides accommodations to ensure that educational programming and services are accessible to students with disabilities. If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability that might affect your performance in this class, please contact the Disability Services Office, B&E 130, (803) 643-6815, as soon as possible, if you believe you are eligible for accommodations. The Disability Services Office will require appropriate documentation to determine accommodations.

Title IX

It is the policy of the university in order to maintain an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional system are respected, that sexual harassment of employees or students is prohibited. Such conduct is a form of behavior which seriously undermines the atmosphere of trust essential to the academic environment. This policy is consistent with federal and state laws prohibiting sex discrimination. It is also a policy of the University that willful false accusation of sexual harassment shall not be condoned.

Review USCA’s Sexual Assault Policy. If you disclose a potential violation of the sexual misconduct policy, the Title IX Coordinator may be notified. Students who have experienced sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact confidential resources listed below. To make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, visit the Equal Opportunity and Title IX website.

Emergency Services

University Police has established that ALERTUS as USC Aiken's emergency notification system. If there is a condition which threatens the health and safety of persons on campus, university officials will warn the campus community using one or more of the following methods:

  1. www.usca.edu home page
  2. Outdoor sirens / public address instruction or message
  3. Text messages
  4. E-mail
  5. Phone alert, i.e., reverse 911 or phone tree call

During an emergency at USC Aiken, the main university website, www.usca.edu, will include prominent any alerts prominantly. 

Web Etiquette

Proper netiquette enables students to be professional while communicating online with faculty and with other students. To comply with course expectations, it is important to consider the following values during online discussions and when corresponding to the professor and fellow students via email, discussions, and other communication:

Student-to-Student Netiquette

  • Timeliness: Monitor course activity and respond to communications from your classmates and faculty in a timely manner.
  • Confidentiality: When discussing topics, be sure to be discreet about how you discuss children, teachers, and aides in the classroom. Do not use names of people or names of facilities.
  • Formatting: As a rule, please do not use all caps in your emails or discussions. It is considered unprofessional and is hard to read. Also, please use standard capitalization and punctuation in all course communications, and sign your name on all emails. 
  • Value: Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to class. Value the diversity of the class.
  • Language tone: The absence of face-to-face interaction increases the likelihood of misinterpretation. Avoid using offensive language, excessive exclamation points, all caps, humor and sarcasm, acronyms, emoticons, and slang.
  • Respect: Each student’s viewpoint is valued as an opinion. When responding to a person during online discussions, be sure to state an opposing opinion in a diplomatic way. Disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks. Be careful what you write because you cannot use body language or tone of voice when trying to convey ideas, intent, or thoughts.
  • Brevity: Be concise when contributing to a discussion. Online courses require a lot of reading; therefore, your points may be missed if hidden in a flood of text.
  • Read and proofread: Read all discussions before you post a comment, so you do not repeat information. Proofread and spell check all messages before you send them.

Student-to-Professor Netiquette

In addition to the above values, you are expected to respond to communications from your professor in a timely manner. Any emergencies that arise due to illness, death, etc. should be reported to the professor as quickly as possible.


Professor-to-Student Netiquette

The professor of this course will also follow the values listed above by checking and responding to emails and grading your assignments in a timely manner. Specifically, the Blackboard course site will be checked periodically, and any emails will be answered during those times. Assignments will be graded within a reasonable time after the posted deadline for each assignment (or after the assignments are actually received).


Additional Netiquette Resources

7 Rules for Online Etiquette

Core Rules of Netiquette

Helping Students Develop Proper Internet Etiquette

Netiquette: Make it Part of Your Syllabus

NOTICE TO STUDENTS USING RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER AND MONITOR

If USC Aiken students have issues with Respondus Lockdown Browser please review Respondus Student Resources or contact Respondus Support. Please note that Chromebooks are not supported by Respondus, but you may contact the USCA Help Desk for more information about taking Respondus exams in USC Aiken's 24-hour access computer labs.

Notice to Instructors using Online Proctoring Services Respondus Monitor or ProctorU

The University of South Carolina Aiken now offers two options for proctoring services to improve efforts in student authentication while retaining the same levels of academic integrity of examinations that take place in our classrooms. USC Aiken will continue to utilize the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor tools built within Blackboard. USC Aiken also has access to the ProctorU proctoring services. ProctorU does have a pricing structure associated with the service and that information will be required in your syllabi and online courses to prepare students for these additional costs. The use of Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor will continue to be free to use for all Blackboard courses.


Use Of Respondus Lockdown Browser And Monitor

Courses that utilize the use of video recording during exams with Respondus Monitor will now be free for students to use for unlimited exams in all courses for 2020-2021 academic year. Students must acquire a webcam and laptop for courses that use Respondus Monitor for examinations.

Is Respondus LockDown Browser Software required?

Yes. Respondus Monitor is a "companion product" for Respondus LockDown Browser and cannot be used without the LockDown Browser. Students must download the Respondus Lockdown Browser to access associated exams.

How do Students Download the Respondus LockDown Browser Software?

SYLLABUS VERBIAGE: Please utilize the information below to add to your syllabus or course information.

In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you will need a high-speed internet connection, a webcam (internal or external), a windows or apple Operating System, and a photo ID. You will be required to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser to access and take associated exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. A student Quick Start Guide  is also available.

First, download and install UofSC Aiken’s Respondus LockDown Browser for PC or Mac here.

What do Students Need to Know Before Taking an Exam with Respondus?

When taking an online exam that requires LockDown Browser and a webcam, remember the following guidelines:

  • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted.
  • Turn off all other devices (e.g. tablets, phones, second computers) and place them outside of your reach.
  • Clear your desk of all external materials not permitted — books, papers, other devices.
  • Before starting the text, know how much time is available for it, and that you’ve allotted sufficient time to complete it.
  • Remain at your computer for the duration of the test.
  • If the computer or networking environment is different than what was used previously with the Webcam Check and System & Network Check in LockDown Browser, run the checks again prior to starting the test.
  • To produce a good webcam video, do the following;
    • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims.
    • Ensure your computer or tablet is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT have the computer on your lap, a bed or other surface where the device (or you) are likely to move.
    • If using a built-in webcam, avoid tilting the screen after the webcam setup is complete.
    • Take the exam in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window.
  • Remember that LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted.

To ensure LockDown Browser and the webcam are set up properly, do the following:

  • Open the Respondus LockDown Browser icon on your desktop, log into Blackboard, and select your course.
  • Locate and select the Help Center button on the LockDown Browser toolbar. 
  • Run the Webcam Check and, if necessary, resolve any issues.
  • Run the System & Network Check. If a problem is indicated, see if a solution is provided in the Knowledge Base. Troubleshooting information can also be emailed to our institution's help desk. 
  • Exit the Help Center and locate the exam. 
  • Upon completing and submitting the exam, exit LockDown Browser. 

Instructor Support for Respondus Monitor

The Office of Distance Learning can support instructors in utilizing Respondus Monitor for their online courses. Please contact Dr. Jamie Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Regine Monestime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions.


Student Purchase of ProctorU Proctoring

The use of ProctorU proctoring services is only recommended for no more than 2 exams per course (e.g. mid-term and/or final exams) because the cost is per individual exam. The following are the listed options so please choose the most cost-effective for your proctoring needs:

Auto (recommended)

Description: Fully-automated exam proctoring with all activity recorded end-to-end. Videos and incidents are immediately available for USC faculty review. Cost: $3 per exam.

Auto with Review (recommended)

Description: Fully-automated exam proctoring with all activity recorded end-to-end. Exams are reviewed by ProctorU, and a report is sent to instructors within 24 hours if there are academic integrity incidents. Cost: $4 for a 1-hour exam, $6 for 2 hours, $8 for 3 hours, $10 for 4 hours.

Live Launch with Review

Description: Exams are launched by a live proctor for authentication purposes, but the proctor drops once the exam begins. All activity is recorded from start to finish. Exam videos are reviewed by a ProctorU proctor, and a report is sent to instructors within 24 hours if there are any academic integrity incidents. Cost: $8 for a 1-hour exam, $10 for 2 hours, $12 for 3 hours, $14 for 4 hours.


Instructor Support for ProctorU

ProctorU supports their own product, and the Office of Distance Learning can provide some limited administrative support. If there are instructors who would like to use ProctorU, they can create an account here. Once they create an account, a faculty rep will reach out within an hour to schedule a 15-minute training session and help them input their first exam. If instructors need additional support, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 855-772-8678.

ProctorU does have the ability to integrate with Pearson, and they have created an informational website about it here. It is only for their automated service line and costs $12 per student per course for unlimited use. This would require an agreement and work order to be signed with the instructor. For more information, please contact UofSC Aiken Office of Distance Learning.


Syllabus Update

Students will now be charged for proctored exams using ProctorU and instructors are now obligated to provide that information and cost to students. The cost of the service should be identified in required course materials, such as textbooks or publisher subscriptions. Students should be made aware of the additional cost (depending on the service) if a course requires proctored online exams. Please utilize the link for Proctoring Syllabus Verbiage and add the appropriate information to your course syllabus.


Optional ProctorU Syllabus Verbiage

ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home. ProctorU is available 24/7, however, you will need to schedule your proctoring session at least 72 hours in advance to avoid any on-demand scheduling fees. Creating a ProctorU account is simple. You can do so by visiting go.proctoru.com

In order to use ProctorU, you will need a high-speed internet connection, a webcam (internal or external), a windows or apple Operating System, and a government issued photo id. ProctorU recommends that you visit test-it-out.proctoru.com/ prior to your proctoring session to test your equipment. We recommend you click on the button that says “connect to a live person” to fully test out your equipment. Please make sure that you are using the current version of your browser and have downloaded the ProctorU extension available at ProctorU Chrome or ProctorU Firefox.

Additionally, please visit and review the test-taker resource center here. You should expect the startup process with the proctor to take about 10-15 minutes. However, this time will not affect your exam time. Please feel free to direct any questions to the student support team via the live chat within your account.

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National Distance Learning Week 2021 at the University of South Carolina Aiken/Beaufort/Columbia/Upstate

The University of South Carolina Aiken and the Office of Distance Learning invite you to be a part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021!

Purpose: The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

Goal: For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

Who: Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.

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Announcement

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) dedicates one week each year to provide an opportunity to celebrate growth and accomplishments in distance learning and for faculty and/or students to showcase excellence in teaching, technology, and/or research. National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is an opportunity to share the amazing innovations being used to help provide quality and robust online education in our UofSC system. In honor of this event, the University of South Carolina Aiken's Office of Distance Learning, with the help of Instructional Services, is proud to contribute to the 2021 NDLW Virtual Conference to be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from the UofSC Aiken campus. You are invited to celebrate the University’s and our external colleague’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence in distance learning. The conference is FREE and will be hosted virtually from UofSC Aiken. This is a great opportunity to share our online learning experiences with others across the nation and build up our networks for knowledge and networking.


Registration

The conference is FREE and virtual!  The conference presentations will be streamed via YouTube. There is no need to register to attend, but if you would like to receive emails regarding the latest updates on session topics, dates, times, and links, please utilize the NDLW 2021 registration form.


Call for Proposals

Conference Proposal Deadlines

  • October 25th for virtual and video proposal topics
  • November 1st for video submissions
  • NDLW Virtual Conference Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 10 am - 4 pm

Since this conference is meant to highlight distance learning, we wanted to explore new ways to showcase your ideas while accommodating for time and availability by having presenters either record video presentations or presenting virtually on a topic using video conference software to stream during National Distance Learning Week. Due to limited availability of space and resources to host a “live” conference, we want to take the pressure off presenters by allowing them to submit what they are passionate about by making a video. Alternatively, Virtual presentations will be conducted via Microsoft Teams (hosted by UofSC Aiken) and have a designated time on the day of the conference.

We invite you to submit a proposal to host a virtual session in Microsoft Teams (25 minutes) or create a 10–25 minute video by November 1, 2021 related to conference topics featuring innovative approaches, best practices, teaching-related research, remote teaching initiatives, discussion of critical issues, or other teaching and learning experiences that incorporate innovative online teaching pedagogies. The selection committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to those involved in distance learning, whether it be instructors, students, or staff. This NDLW virtual conference is FREE and open to anyone in the UofSC system to present. 

The conference proposal registration is currently open and will close on October 25th for the proposals (virtual or video) and video submissions are due by November 4st. Information to review the presenters, the conference schedule, and/or other details about the conference, will be provided on October 29th via registered emails and announcements. If you are interested in presenting you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2021 registration form. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues.  We hope to “see” you there.


Proposal Guidelines

Calls for proposals must be submitted by October 25th. The proposal is your intent to host a virtual presentation (live) OR create a video presentation for the conference and should outline your topic focus and intention for the audience. Interested participants may submit more than one proposal.


Presentation Types (Virtual or Video)

Virtual proposals must be submitted by October 25, 2021.

  • Virtual Presentations should be planned for approximately 25 minutes in length.
  • Presenters should propose a preferred time slot block of 2 hours for November 12th.
  • Virtual Presentations will be conducted through Microsoft Teams and hosted by UofSCA’s Instructional Services.
  • As a representative of the university, presentation materials should stay on topic and promote professionalism, scholarly efforts, and best practice in distance learning.
  • Please provide the title, presenter information at the beginning and appropriate references and contact information and the end of the video presentation.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by November 10th, and you will receive a confirmation from the Office of Distance Learning.

Video proposals must be submitted by October 25th, and video presentations must be submitted by November 1st. If you need assistance in meeting this deadline or submitting a video file, please contact the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services at USC Aiken.

  • Length of video submissions should be between 10-25 minutes. Don’t overthink the structure of the video, we really are interested to hear what you are passionate about in distance learning and how your ideas may influence others. You can create a narrated PowerPoint or a fully polished video production, but know your limitations and availability. If you have access to UofSC’s Blackboard, feel free to utilize the integrated Yuja Video platform to create and edit your video.
  • Video submissions can be done through Yuja or submitted to the Office of Distance Learning or Instructional Services via download links.
  • As a representative of the university, presentation materials should stay on topic and promote professionalism, scholarly efforts, and best practice in distance learning.
  • Please provide the title, presenter information at the beginning and appropriate references and contact information and the end of the video presentation.
  • Videos may be edited by Instructional Services to abide to privacy and broadcast standards, if necessary.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by October 30th and you will receive a confirmation from the Office of Distance Learning.
  • Presenters will be able to chat with participants while their video is being streamed.

Conference Topics

The Office of Distance Learning promotes best practice in online learning and we want to encourage presenters to showcase what you are passionate about in online learning whether it’s a single assignment that generates great learning outcomes, innovative uses of technology in connecting with your students, or your experiences in building online content for your students. The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following topics as they relate to e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. Please select a topic that your presentation will focus on below, and you can register your proposal here at the NDLW 2021 registration form.

  • Designing Quality Online Learning Experiences
  • Assessment and Research (e.g., Assignment design, Rubrics, Innovative assessment methods)
  • Instructor Presence in an Online Course or Remote Teaching Course
  • Generating Authentic Learning Experiences Online (e.g., Project-based, Collaborative learning)
  • Student Engagement and Building Community
  • Innovative Technology for Learning
  • Promoting Accessibility in Online Courses (e.g., Ally, Yuja closed-captioning)
  • Student Block - Learner Perceptions of Online and Remote Learning (Video Only)

Conference Presentations

Upon receiving approved conference presentation videos, UofSC Aiken’s Instructional Services will develop a broadcast schedule based on topic and time availability. We will also provide moderators throughout the conference to answer questions and engage with participants during the livestream. Presenters will have an opportunity to engage with their audience if they wish.

The scheduled stream of NLDW for UofSC Aiken will run from 10 am – 4 pm EST on Wednesday, November 10th. Times and dates may change based on the number of proposals. Videos will be archived in the University of South Carolina Aiken Yuja Campus Channel at the end of the conference.

Links to watch the livestream of the conference and moderated sessions will be available here November 10th, but please register to stay updated.

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Starting November 10th, If you want to keep up on Twitter, tag @USCAonline and help us tweet news from this wonderful event using the hashtags #NDLW2020 and #USCAiken to share what you are learning.

Presented by the Office of Distance Learning and Instructional Services at UofSC Aiken.

 

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