Section 3l: Synchronous digital instructional contact

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Rule Text

(l) "Synchronous digital instructional contact" means real-time communication between a certificated teacher and the student using interactive on-line, voice, or video communication technology. Synchronous digital instructional contact may be accomplished in a group setting between the teacher and multiple students. The synchronous digital contact must be:

(i) For the purposes of actual instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress, or other learning activities or requirements identified in the written student learning plan; and

(ii) Related to an alternative learning experience course or course work identified in the written student learning plan.


This definition applies to one of the options for contact identified in the requirement for weekly contact in subsection 4.

In addition to the requirement that synchronous digital instructional contact be real-time communication between a certificated teacher and one or more students, note that the contact must meet one of more of the specified purposes, and it must relate to a course identified in the WSLP.

Note: This section had some technical revisions made prior to the 2013-14 school year. See the revisions.

Common Questions

Q. Does this include email, text messaging, or Twitter?

A. No. These types of electronic exchange do not meet the "real-time" aspect of this definition.

Last updated: 8/19/2011

Q. What about interactive chat that occurs via a learning management system that is a part of many online courses?

A. This type of interaction could meet the requirement as long as it meets one or more of the specified purposes and relates to the course identified in the WSLP.

Last updated: 8/19/2013

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