Teaching Online Overview for Faculty

What You Need To Know To Teach Online

Teaching USU Online courses is slightly different that teaching a class in person. Here's the things you need to know about teaching an online course:


Online courses are scheduled through the Academic Scheduling Office. All courses are entered into a Course Approval System and must be approved by Departments, and Regional Campus Deans. Once approved courses are uploaded into Banner and assigned CRNs. Each course may contain up to 12 cross-listed sections, with one section for each region in the state, plus an out-of-state section. Online courses are available in all locations.

Instructors can see their Online courses, sections, enrollments, and other information through the Alliance System (http://rcde.usu.edu/app/ )

Course Design

The Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) helps university instructors create and maintain high quality learning environments. They provide access to practical tools, canvas training, and consultation. https://cidi.usu.edu/index

Textbook & Material Orders

Federal legislation requires all course expenses, including textbooks, be published before students can register. Instructors must submit textbook information for their courses every semester. Courses are made available to students after a textbook and materials order has been submitted and processed. Book orders can be submitted through https://coursematerials.usu.edu/


Students register for Online courses using Banner. Students may be unable to register if the course has not been approved, or if a book order has not been received. Students should be referred to the Registrar’s office for any course registration issues. http://www.usu.edu/registrar/

An instructor can give permission for students to add a course, after wait listing has ended, by sending an email to registrar@usu.edu. The email needs to contain the student’s A# and the CRN for the section the student would like to be added to. 

Enrollment Management

Each Online course section has a specific enrollment cap and a cross-list enrollment cap. Enrollments in a specific location cannot exceed the section cap, and enrollments statewide cannot exceed the cross-list cap. For example, Tooele, Brigham, and Salt Lake sections may all have an section cap of 25, with the cross-listed cap set at 40, meaning the entire course enrollment will not exceed 40.

Traditionally Logan students take up the bulk of the course enrollment. To reserve seats for RC students, the Logan section caps for online courses are set at 1/2 of the cross-list enrollment cap. Some exceptions are allowed based on program needs.  AIS staff will monitor enrollments and make adjustments throughout the registration period based on wait list numbers and department requests.


Online course materials and exams are distributed to regional campus locations and certified proctors worldwide through the Materials and Testing Services site (MATS).

Exams given in testing centers must be posted at least 2 days prior to the exam date. Proctored online exams must be password protected in Canvas, and passwords posted at least 2 days prior to the exam date. More information on Materials/Testing can be found at http://testing.usu.edu/faculty/index

Instructors can also use Virtual Online Proctoring with Proctorio. Proctorio is remote proctoring software that records the students exam activity using Audio/Video and screen capture. The recordings are store in Canvas and flagged for suspicious behavior.

Online Course Fee

A $15 per credit course fee is applied to all online courses to sustain current digital technologies and support services required for engaging and effective online learning.

Please make note of this fee in your syllabus.

Course Development

All online course development must meet the standards of the Course Quality Rubric.

Requests for online course development funding will be reviewed each term.


All USU courses have Canvas course space (http://canvas.usu.edu/). Cross-listed online courses are combined into a single Canvas section for ease of grading and content distribution.

Instructional designers from CIDI are available to assist faculty with Canvas tools. http://cidi.usu.edu/