Course Development Institute

Need help developing or revising your online course? Apply now for the Fall 2018 Course Development Institute. Deadline is August 21, 2018.

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Leading the Way

Are you an advocate or change leader for blended and online learning?  Nominate yourself or a colleague by September 19, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 Leading the Way award.

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About OCIP

The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) is professional development for NMSU faculty focusing on improving the quality of online teaching and learning. 

Professional Development Programs

Instructional Design professional development to assist faculty in developing an online or blended course that meets a QM rubric.

Professional Development Programs

Summer Institute Dates: May-June
Application: Spring

Course Development Institute Dates: Jan-May and Aug-Dec
Application: Nov-Jan and July-Aug

Quality Matters (QM)

The Quality Matters (QM) Program is a leader in quality assurance for online education. Its focus is on collegial and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

Upcoming Workshops

OCIP: Mini-Workshop - How Can I Build Community in My Online Classes?

August 21, 2018
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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OCIP: QM Peer Reviewer Update

August 22, 2018
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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OCIP: Course Mapping

September 4, 2018
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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OCIP: Strategies for Teaching Online

Virtual Class
September 5, 2018
September 5 - 19, Online in Canvas

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OCIP's Tips

Kick off Your Semester with a Getting Started Module

Want to help students succeed and minimize their questions? A Getting Started Module can help insure that students are well-oriented, set-up to learn, and starting to feel like part of a community.  Your Getting Started module might include a course overview, a course navigation tour, an instructor welcome, the first activities that need to be completed, and introductory assignments like a syllabus quiz and an icebreaker discussion. You can find a Welcome Module template in the OCIP Course Developer’s Guide.

Online course design tip:  Set clear course goals

Simply placing a face-to-face course online is not enough for today’s students. Active learning and opportunities for student engagement and interaction must be planned and provided through the learning management system.  Online learning needs to actively engage students to improve learning outcomes and improve retention rates. Online course design tip:  Set clear course goals that are achievable and measurable, and then communicate them to your learners. The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) recommends course mapping to assist in creating a more organized course.  A course map will demonstrate in a very clear way the alignment of course components and learning goals or objectives …

Latest News

The QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, will be available July 2nd. Changes have been made to the Rubric, Course Worksheet, and the Glossary to meet the expectations of HLC and online education.

There is a free workshop for anyone from NMSU including all  Peer Reviewers, Master Reviewers, Course Review Managers, QM Coordinators, and QM-Certified Online and Face-to-Face Facilitators, and Higher Education member who wants to learn the difference between the QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014, and the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition.  In this free workshop, one will identify differences between the QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, and the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, identify differences between the Course Worksheet for the QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, and the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, and …

Quality in Online Courses

The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) has been hard at work ensuring courses meet expectations for quality in online course design to enhance student learning. OCIP trains and mentors faculty on how to develop and continuously improve online courses using the Quality Matters Rubric ( To date in FY18, OCIP has completed 65 Internal Reviews (with one peer reviewer) and 6 Formal Reviews (with three peer reviewers). The OCIP team thanks all faculty and staff who have participated in the workshops, presentations, and events and have gone a step further to develop a quality online course.

How We Prepare Faculty for a Quality Matters Review Webinar

Dr. Sandy Johnson was a guest panelist for a national webinar "How We Prepare Our Faculty for a Quality Matters Review" with Renée Petrina, Principal Online Instructional Designer, Indiana University; David Becker, Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, Indiana University Southeast; and Pat Abrego, Director of Instructional Technology & Distance Education, Texas A&M International University. The conversation revolved around the questions: How do you ensure consistent quality in online courses? How does your institution prepare for a Quality Matters Internal Review? A QM review is a significant investment of time. How can you be confident that a course and a faculty member are …