RSI & Student Engagement

Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI)

Why substantive interaction matters:

  • Positive impact on students
    • Student Success
    • Retention
    • Advancement
  • Effects on Financial Aid
    • An institution that offers completely competency based education or distance education, needs to make sure they meet the regular and substantive requirements otherwise they risk losing funding and could face fines if found in non-compliance. The U.S. Department of Education requires that all online courses for which students may use Title IV funds “ensure that there is regular and substantive interaction between students and instructors.” The DOE has the authority to review distance learning offerings at colleges and universities that receive federal funds.
  • RSI is more than a federal requirement, it is the foundation of effective online teaching and learning.

Click here to download the UCC Faculty adopted RSI Guidelines and Checklist


Student Engagement


zoom logoZoom allows you to create virtual classrooms and group spaces to provide effective teaching and learning experiences for your online or supplemented class. It is conveniently integrated into Canvas and it can be used without Canvas. Here are some of the common uses:

  Zoom for Students         Zoom for Teachers

Live Training Webinars with Zoom

Deliver a virtual live class session

Record your classroom lecture

Conduct virtual office hours

Deliver test reviews

Application and desktop sharing

Provide a space for student group project collaboration

Other features include: Polling, Breakout rooms, Interactive Whiteboard




Screencast-o-matic is a free tool to record your screen, video, and audio. It is easy to record and has a paid version to a really cool video editor. Find out how you can use the video editor as a UCC teacher.



icon-turnitin.jpgLearn more how Turnitin is more than a plagiarism tool.

This tool is available to all instructors to use. It is integrated into Canvas and ready to use for all instructors.

Contact UCCOnline for more information.


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