Credit hour, student authentication, and last day of attendance (LDA)

Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply

When it comes to compliance, the stakes are real—and potentially high. Get help interpreting the latest regulations and minimizing their impact on your distance ed program.


Staying in compliance is not something you do once and then forget about—it’s a complicated and ongoing process. And when it comes to distance education, it’s not only complicated—it’s also new and it’s changing.

Although the Department of Education has issued many new regulations, the online seminar Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply focuses on three that have the most serious implications for online programs: 1) credit hour, 2) student authentication, and 3) last day of attendance (LDA).

Neither your institutional counsel nor your compliance officer can keep your program in compliance on his own. A well-informed, empowered faculty and staff can significantly decrease your exposure to potentially harrowing levels of government sanction. This seminar will help you become a resource for your institution and create a compliance network of informed, responsible faculty.

During this seminar, you’ll learn to:

  • Develop policy for student authentication
  • Evaluate the technological options for student authentication
  • Describe how instructors can determine LDA for online courses and develop student engagement to meet this regulation
  • Formulate policy to meet the federal credit hour rule

Any institution can create an effective compliance program. Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply shows you how. The seminar is led by Deb Gearhart, PhD, Vice Provost for E-Learning and Strategic Partnerships at Ohio University.

Topics Covered

When it comes to compliance, awareness is the first crucial step. By gathering your colleagues to watch this seminar, you’ll begin the process of creating a plan of action to meet the challenges compliance brings. Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply will prepare you to:

  • Explain to administrators, faculty, and staff the three federal rules—student authentication, the credit hour, and last day of attendance (LDA)—and their impact on your program
  • Create policies and implement technologies for student authentication
  • Develop criteria to determine LDA for online courses
  • Design student engagement programs to support the LDA rule
  • Prepare policies for meeting the federal credit hour rule

Seminar Benefits

After attending this seminar, you will:

  • Be able to interpret these regulations and their implications for your program and your institution
  • Be better prepared to develop institutional policy that addresses the federal rules and cultivate strategies to address compliance within your program
  • Come away with a workable plan for informing administrators, faculty, and staff about the federal rules and their impact.

Intended Audience

Federal regulation of higher education applies to all postsecondary institutions—big state universities, small liberal arts colleges, public and private schools, two-year and four-year schools, nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Any school that accepts federal funding and disburses federal financial aid is subject to federal regulations.

Schools that see online learning as part of their outreach mission have an extra level of responsibilities. That calls for the involvement by each of the institution’s various sectors—administrators, faculty, and staff. Positions at your institution that need the information to be found in Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply include:

  • Distance education administrators
  • Deans
  • Department chairs
  • IT staff
  • Instructional designers
  • Financial aid administrators
  • Registrars
  • Compliance officers and staff
  • Accreditation officers

This seminar is now available on CD. The recording includes the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community

Order your copy of Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply to hear Dr. Gearhart explain the content and implications of three new and important Department of Education regulations with the power to seriously impact your distance education program.

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