All faculty teaching Distance Education will include in their Syllabus a statement
concerning Regular and Substantive Interaction equivalent to the instructional quality
of face to face courses. That interaction will consist of one or more faculty-initiated
methods of interaction such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Weekly participation and/or feedback in discussion forums
- Weekly announcements
- Personalized feedback
- Virtual lectures - such as written or recorded lectures in video and/or audio format
- Chat, video, and/or voice conferencing, using Zoom.
Note: It is recommended to use video or audio whenever possible, and as a first choice
for discussions, announcements, and feedback.
Guidelines for Regular & Substantive Contact
||Frequency & Timeliness of Interactions
- Include substance for all types of interaction in the course design.
- Utilize appropriate media for accessibility.
- Design daily or weekly assignments and projects that promote collaboration among students.
- Model course netiquette at the beginning of the semester with instructor-guided introductions.
Netiquette is a term derived from network and etiquette, which refers to the appropriate manners and protocol for communication in online
- Pose questions in the discussion boards which encourage various types of interaction
and critical thinking skills among all participants.
- Monitor content activity to ensure that students participate fully and discussions
remain on topic.
- Create a specific forum for questions regarding course assignments.
- Ask students for feedback about the course on a regular basis and revise content as
- Establish guidelines for frequency of contact that are the same as in the face-to-face
- Make known response time for student questions/inquiries and assignment feedback (e.g.
1-2 business days).
- Maintain an active daily presence, particularly during the beginning weeks of a course.
- Give frequent and substantive feedback throughout the course.
|Expectations for Interactions
||Absences from Interactions
- Specify course policy regarding frequency and timeliness of all contact initiated
by the instructor in the syllabus.
- Explain course policy regarding student-initiated contact (where to post questions,
assignments, etc.) in the syllabus.
- Outline and explain netiquette in initial course documents.
- Clarify important dates, such as assignment and assessment deadlines, not only in
the beginning, but also throughout the course.
- Inform students immediately of course designee should an illness, family emergency,
or other unexpected event prevent instructor from continuing regular effective contact
for a prolonged period of time.
- Let students know when instructor-initiated regular and effective contact will continue.
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