Online Learning Consortium and SUNY Online Update Course Quality Rubric Based on New Federal Requirements for Distance Education

Helps higher education meet the U.S. Department of Education’s Regular and Substantial Interaction (RSI) requirements

BOSTON, April 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Online Learning Consortium (CLO) and SUNY online announce The version a free OLC update OSCQR Course design review scorecard. This OSCQR 4.0 scorecard is the first online course quality rubric to address recent U.S. Department of Education (DoE) regulatory requirements for regular and substantial interaction (RSI) for online instruction and remotely.

Institutions are seeking assistance in successfully navigating the new RSI regulations and risk losing access to student financial aid if the institution is audited and deemed non-compliant by the Office of the Inspector General of the DoE , or as part of a periodic review of the ministry’s financial assistance program. . The new DoE distance education regulatory definitions that came into effect on July 1, 2021, require institutions to ensure ROI between instructors and students in all online/distance learning courses for financial aid purposes. RSI regulations have not been lifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSCQR, developed by SUNY Online and adopted by OLC in 2016 as the Online Course Quality Dashboard, is a set of online course quality standards, interactive online tools and resources based on the research, customizable and not available under an open license. evaluative for anyone to use and adapt. It helps ensure awareness of best practices in the instructional design of new and existing online courses, and targeted initiatives to continually improve design, accessibility, and maintaining regular and substantial interaction. The self-assessment tool has already been downloaded nearly 9,000 times. The interactive OSCQR topic and dashboard have also been updated and are available.

“As the learning landscape continues to evolve with emerging pedagogies, technologies and regulations, OLC is excited to collaborate with partners, like SUNY Online, to share effective practices that support online learning experiences. quality line with the educational community,” said Nicole Weber, associate vice president of learning at OLC. “It is important to remember that this is only one part of the equation. It is also essential that educators receive additional support from their institutions, including teacher/ID training, outreach and online teaching skills, as well as institutional/departmental policy and monitoring.”

Instructional designers and instructors, as well as administrators and distance learning managers can benefit from OSCQR. This tool can support online course quality assurance initiatives, faculty self-assessments, faculty training activities, course reviews, and can be used as guidelines and standards to support and document how whose online course meets RSI requirements.

“SUNY Online is very pleased to share the updated OSCQR to help online educators, instructional designers and institutions navigate the new RSI requirements,” said Alexandra M. Pickett, Director, Online Education, SUNY Online. “I’m also grateful to the all-volunteer task force from around the SUNY who have worked together to review and update the OSCQR and ensure that the RSI is clearly visible, articulated and highlighted in the specific OSCQR standards and in all related OSCQR materials. »

Additional details regarding the new RSI regulations are available on SUNY Online and in a OLC Webinar, How to Increase Regular and Substantial Interaction (RSI) in Online and Distance Learning.

Best practices in instructional design, student engagement and RSI regulatory requirements were among the topics of discussion at OLC Innovate 2022 conference, which was held virtually March 28-April 1and in dallas, April 11-14, 2022.

About the e-Learning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – n anyone, anywhere, anytime. OLC inspires innovation and quality through an extensive set of resources, including best practice publications, quality benchmarking, cutting-edge teaching, community conferences, empirical and practitioner-based research and expert advice. OLC’s growing community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies, and businesses. Visit for more information.

About State University of New York

the State University of New York is the largest comprehensive higher education system in United Statesand more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of one of SUNY 64 colleges and universities. Throughout the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and operates a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves approximately 1.3 million students through credit courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees almost a quarter of university research in New York. System-wide research expenditures are almost $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant student and faculty contributions. There are more than three million SUNY graduates from around the world, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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