The Department of Education (DOE) recently clarified what is meant by "regular and substantive" interaction between instructors and students in online courses.
“Regular” is defined as taking place on a “predictable and scheduled basis” and “substantive” means students are engaged through teaching, learning, and assessment as well as at least two of these five activities:
- providing direct instruction;
- assessing or providing feedback on a student’s course work;
- providing information or responding to questions about the content course or competency;
- facilitating a group discussion regarding the content of a course or competency;
- or other instructional activities approved by the institution’s or program’s accrediting agency.
While the DOE sets out a minimum guideline, interactions in online courses are an important and valuable part of learning online. Check out our page detailing how to build interactions and foster a learning community online if you are interested in delving deeper into this topic.