Championing RSI for Online Success: How A Regulatory Requirement Can Be A Celebratory Achievement for Faculty Development & Student Learning
Concurrent Session 8
Discover how one institution’s innovative leadership initiative turned a regulatory requirement into a reason to celebrate. By leveraging faculty champions across academic disciplines to address the updated Department of Education's guidance surrounding regular and substantive interaction (RSI), a one-of-a-kind resource was customized to support online success and drive change.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding online teaching and learning in higher education since the U.S. Department of Education's (DoE) Final Rules on Distance Education and Innovation went into effect in 2021. The new regulations update the definitions for what’s referred to as “correspondence education” and “distance education.” One of the primary elements for the distinction between what is deemed as “correspondence education” and what is defined as “distance education” is commonly referred to as Regular and Substantive Interaction, or RSI.
Higher education institutions have a responsibility to make sure their distance education classes, or online classes, follow these guidelines outlined by the DoE. Distance education classes can qualify for federal financial aid; whereas, correspondence courses, on the other hand, are not eligible for financial aid. If an institution has been found to be out of compliance, they may be required to repay financial aid associated with the correspondence courses and students.
While these consequences can cause alarm, this also presents an incredible opportunity. In this session, you will learn how one institution’s innovative leadership initiative turned this regulatory requirement into a celebratory achievement for faculty professional development and online student success. An imaginative, collaborative plan was developed to communicate these new guidelines and assist faculty with implementing RSI evidence-based best practices in the online classroom. By leveraging faculty champions across academic disciplines and utilizing the OLC-endorsed, SUNY Online OSCQR 4.0 scorecard, a one-of-a kind faculty resource customized to institutional needs was created to support online success and drive change.
In this informative session, discover the steps you can take at your home institution to address the DoE requirements around RSI, develop and lead a strategic, forward-thinking action plan, advocate for faculty professional development, create an environment that fosters collaboration between administration and instructors, and promote online student success. Participant engagement through the use of polls will be interspersed throughout the session to hear how RSI has been addressed at other institutions. Ample opportunity for Q&A to provide you with the necessary insight for implementation in your own organization will be offered.