Not only is Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) an effective way to enhance student engagement, it is also a federal regulation and UA policy. This workshop will review the federal regulation and University of Alabama policy regarding regular and substantive interaction (RSI) and provide compliance strategies. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to define RSI, explain why it is a best practice for online learning and implement interactions in their online courses.


The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to Regular and Substantive (RSI) policy, RSI compliance strategies, and best practices for implementing RSI in the online classroom.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Define regular interaction.
  • Define substantive interaction.
  • Differentiate between correspondence education and distance education.
  • List five ways to meet substantive interaction requirements.

Workshop Structure

This workshop is delivered virtually via Zoom.

Time Commitment

60 minutes

Expectations and Participation

Participants are expected to:

  • Arrive prepared to participate
  • Actively engage in workshop activities
  • Participate in workshop discussions



Pre-Workshop Preparation

Participants should have basic knowledge of how to use Zoom for attending meetings.


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