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

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


Films on Demand

fodlogo.jpgThis video library of over 23,000 high quality educational videos are available to instructors and students. Videos can be shown in your classroom or embedded in your Canvas course. Browse the video collection and learn something new today!

Access Films on Demand on Campus

Note: When accessing Films on Demand off campus you will be asked to enter your ID and self-service password.

More information on search tips, custom segments, creating playlists and more can be found at  Getting Started for Educators




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.



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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.