Many states (mine included) have laws governing the amount of “contact hours” an instructor must have with students, i.e. the required number of combined in-class and office hours. However, at least here in New York, there are no guidelines for translating this law to apply to online courses.
How should these laws be understood and met in an online context?
Do only face-to-face meetings count? Are text and video chat the closest equivalent? What about discussion boards? Email? How are we to understand such requirements in the digital age?