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Analyzing ED’s New Distance Education Rule


On September 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published its new, final distance education rule in the Federal Register. This new regulation includes important updates, including a revised definition of “distanced education,” detailed standards for regular and substantive interaction, and an amended approval process for direct assessment programs. Longtime providers of distance education should study the new regulation closely, as should institutions that may have launched online programming during the pandemic, and now are considering whether to make it a permanent part of their offerings.  

On September 28, 2020, Thompson Coburn will host a 90-minute webinar during which the presenters will examine the new distance education rule. The presenters will focus on the key concepts introduced by the new regulation, and highlight potential implementation challenges. 

This webinar will be the first in entry in Thompson Coburn's Higher Education Webinar Series for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each month, from September to May, the firm’s Higher Education Practice will be offering a free, monthly webinar focused on legal, regulatory, and policy issues impacting institutions of higher education. These webinars, each of which will be approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, will touch on matters of significance for educational institutions of all types, large or small, public or private.  

The live presentation of this webinar was approved for 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in California and Illinoi and 1.8 hours of general CLE credit in Missouri. 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in Texas is pending. CLE credit is no longer available for this recording.

Aaron Lacey
Katie Wendel

*Please note that this is a 90-minute webinar

Originally Presented:
September 28, 2020