Author: Desmond McCaffrey

Authentication of Students in Online and Distance Learning Courses


The purpose of this article is to guide the University community as faculty seek methods of verifying student identity in distance learning and online courses.  These guidelines were designed to meet NECHE accreditation standard 4.48 and Federal requirements under Sec.  602.17(g)of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Additionally, these guidelines are designed to meet Department of Homeland Security requirements for International Students in online and remote learning environments.

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University Modes of Instruction Definitions

Last modified on 8/12/2021 by DSM


In 2015, the University Registrar led efforts to develop standard definitions for the terms “online”, “hybrid/blended”, and “in person” modes of delivery at UConn (These are listed as Instruction Mode in Student Administration).  These terms are now used in Student Administration to distinguish whether student contact hours occur in person, online, or in a combination of the two. In addition, other modes of instruction have been developed to help students and faculty better understand and communicate course modalities.

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Captioning and Transcription for Online Materials

Last revised: 10/01/2019 by dsm.


This article explains the responsibility and technical and fiscal support for the creation of accessible audio and video content for online courses.

Title 5 of Americans with Disability Act (ADA) clarifies that online courses must meet the requirements of the ADA and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology. All distance education is subject to the general requirements of this chapter as well as the specific requirements of this article. In addition, instruction provided as distance education is subject to the requirements that may be imposed by the American with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12100 et seq.) and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

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Guest Access to HuskyCT Courses

Last revised on 02/05/2018 by dsm.


Several situations exist in which individuals without an official UConn NetID may need HuskyCT guest access. Some faculty will need to begin planning and building their courses in HuskyCT before they have received their official NetID. Other faculty teaching online may need to add guests lecturers or facilitators to their online courses. University ITS has a process in place to meet these and other similar situations where guest access is warranted. Continue reading