Course Development Institute

Are you teaching an online or hybrid course from the NMSU-Las Cruces campus?  Apply to the Course Development Institute (CDI) to develop or redesign your course to meet the Quality Matters Rubric.

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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: Coffee and Course Design - Open Educational Resources (OERs)

November 15, 2018
Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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OCIP: Open House and Open Lab

November 27, 2018
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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OCIP: Open House and Open Lab

November 30, 2018
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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OCIP: Strategies for Teaching Online

Virtual Class
January 7, 2019
January 7 - 21, Online in Canvas

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OCIP's Tips

Include Module Overview Pages

Include an Overview page for each module in your course.  Include headings like: Introduction to the Module, Module Goals, Required Readings, and Assignments.  See the Course Developer’s Guide for more information. See the Course Developer’s Guide for Examples

Add Description Information to Images

Images in a course are to be added strategically and if an image is used for instructional purposes keep in mind that descriptive information and source information needs to be added to these images.

Creating Instructor Presence through Introduction Discussions

A simple way to connect with your online students is through participating in the Introduction Discussion forum. Replying to each student post with a short, individualized message is an excellent way for you to start to connect with your class. Responding to every student does take time on your end, but the payout is worth it - students will let you know they feel acknowledged and welcomed into the class, and you have made great strides towards building your presence in the classroom! Want more ideas? 10 Ways to Enhance Instructor Presence in Online Programs

Latest News

Online Course Improvement Team Members Attend QMConnect

Three members of the OCIP attended the Quality Matters National Conference, QMConnect 2018. Nancy Chartschlaa, Christina Schaub, and Sandy Johnson presented "Accessibility and Usability: Meeting Standard 8" and "Connecting Course Design and the QM Rubric - Use a Guide!" Both presentations were well received with many requests for follow-up and sharing. Presentations, materials, and handouts can be found at the Quality Matters QMConnect website.

Congratulations to Nancy Chartschlaa and Kerry Forsythe from the Online Course Improvement Program!

Nancy has completed the Quality Matters Master Reviewer course and now a certified Master Reviewer. This advanced certification is for experienced QM Peer Reviewers. The role of QM Master Reviewer includes management of the entire review process and coaching peers to ensure helpful recommendations are provided for course improvements during a Quality Matters course review. Kerry has completed the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric facilitation course. This course extends understanding of the QM Rubric to a high level of expertise. She is now certified to facilitate the face-to-face (F2F) Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop for NMSU. Congratulations to both Kerry and …

Quality in Online Education Conferences 2019

Mark your calendars!  The Quality in Online Education Conference will be held March 1, 2019 in Alamogordo on the NMSU campus.  Join Quality Matters Reviewers, educators, and administrators from New Mexico State University (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, Grants, and Las Cruces) to share, learn and connect concerning quality in online education. One can also gain insights on how Quality Matters supports meeting standards for accreditation and compliance.  Presentation sessions will be available in 45-minute formats, including time for Q&A. Topics of presentations will include accreditation, assessment, best practices in online education, and applying the Quality Matters Rubric.  More information will …