Regular and Substantive Interaction


Due to federal financial aid eligibility for students, UIS instructors must engage in regular and substantive interaction with students in online courses. The definition of distance education from the U.S. Congress and guidance on regular and substantive interaction from the U.S. Department of Education are general and discussed in detail below.

Developing & Sharing Course Content

A GOLD course is a special type of course site that is used for developing, updating, and sharing content. GOLD courses can be used to develop and update course content for a single instructor or with multiple instructors teaching the same course. GOLD courses allow content standardization across multiple sections, which may be useful for accreditation and assessment purposes. The content can be copied into course shells for each term.

Canvas for Instructors

Canvas is a web-based course management learning system that UIS instructors can use to organize course content. Canvas allows faculty members 24/7 access to their course for instructional updates and design. A Canvas course site is created for each course section taught at UIS, regardless of modality -- online, blended, hyflex, or on campus.

Online Office Hours

COLRS staff hold open office hours on weekdays that the university is open. We can assist with online, blended, and HyFlex pedagogy, Canvas, multimedia, accessibility concerns, and more!

Fall 2022 Zoom Office Hours

Join the COLRS Office Hours Zoom meeting at:

  • 10-10:30 a.m. CT
  • 2-2:30 p.m. CT

Intersession Office Hours

December 12, 2022 to January 6, 2023.

Canvas Accessibility

Canvas as a platform is accessible to assistive technology users, but the content created within Canvas is not inherently accessible. Being web-based, Canvas content follows the same accessibility considerations as detailed on the Accessible Documents and Websites page. Canvas pages within a course should be checked for accessibility compliance with the built-in checker when creating content, or with UDOIT to evaluate the whole course.

Academic Integrity

Teaching our students to value academic integrity -- to respect others' work and give credit for others' ideas -- is an important part of our work in the classroom. This page contains tips and tools for reducing and detecting violations of our community academic integrity standards.