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ChatGPT – AI Technology

ChatGPT is a free Artificial Intelligence Chatbot developed by Open AI that can answer complex questions conversationally. It is based on the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) architecture and is designed to generate human-like text. AI is trained to learn what we mean when we ask questions and can respond very much like humans. ChatGPT is used for various natural language processing tasks, such as language translation, question answering, and text completion. ChatGPT can be fine-tuned for specific use cases like customer service, content generation, and more.

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Regular and Substantive Interaction (RSI) in Distance Learning

The term regular and substantive came about in 2005 due to fraud cases related to correspondence courses. The government was interested in severely limiting financial aid eligibility for these courses to protect the consumer- our students. In 2006, recognizing that online coursework was becoming an increasingly significant part of postsecondary education, Congress decided to distinguish distance education from correspondence courses to remove limitations on distance education programs and make them more accessible to students. The term “regular and substantive interaction” was included in the definition of distance education to help differentiate distance from correspondence courses.

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Accessibility in Online Courses

Web Accessibility, according to the World Wide Consortium (W3C), "means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web."

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Policy for the Design and Delivery of Distance Education Courses and Programs

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence regardless of the course delivery format. The purpose of this policy is to provide definitions, expectations, and support for the design and delivery of online, hybrid, and web-augmented courses and programs.

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