Keep Teaching and Learning!

These page provide tips and resources for continuing teaching and learning during a prolonged NMSU campus closure.

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Spring 2020 Course Development Institute

Application closed January 29, 2020. If you have questions please contact Beth Apodaca, OCIP Coordinator, 646-1572 or

Application Closed  

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.

OCIP's Tips

Include a Netiquette Statement

Adding a netiquette statement to your online course helps set communication standards between learners.  Instructors place responsibility on the learner to be aware of respectful interaction and communication that fosters learning and a sense of community.  The netiquette statement can be added as part of the syllabus but it can also be placed in other...Continue reading "Include a Netiquette Statement" »

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Checking the Pulse of your Class

A mid-semester evaluation survey can help you gain valuable insights into what is working in your course, how the students are feeling, and help you identify areas to improve teaching and learning. Consider creating an anonymous Canvas survey to gather some mid-semester feedback from your students.  Visit Mid-Semester Feedback for more ideas for mid-semester surveys.

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Creating social presence in an online course

Research in social presence theory finds that students taking online courses appreciate hearing from their instructors.  As an instructor you can build social presence with your students by designing interactions into your course. This can be done in many different ways – by responding to posts on discussion boards, leaving feedback to assignments in a...Continue reading "Creating social presence in an online course" »

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Latest News

QM Connect National Conference 2019

Presentation accepted for Quality Matters Conference Strategies for Teaching Online: Aligning Online Teaching to the Quality Matters Rubric presentation proposal was accepted for the QM Connect National Conference, October 27-30, 2019. The presentation will share how a 2-week short course was designed and developed to meet the professional development needs for those teaching online at...Continue reading "QM Connect National Conference 2019" »

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OCIP Summer Course Development Institute

OCIP Summer Course Development Institute Will Support 25 NMSU Las Cruces Faculty The OCIP Summer Course Development Institute will be supporting 24 NMSU Las Cruces faculty participants this year. Summer CDI runs May 10-23, kicking off on Friday, May 10, with a 2-hour Orientation session. The next two weeks will be filled with workshops and...Continue reading "OCIP Summer Course Development Institute" »

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The Quality on Online Education Conference at Alamogordo CC was a Success!

The 2019 Quality in Online Education Conference was a collaborative success. Presentations from across the NMSU system were provided to 80 face-to-face attendees with another 26 attending virtually through Adobe Connect. The QM System Team (Dona Ana, Grants, Carlsbad, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces) thanks each of you for your help in putting this conference together....Continue reading "The Quality on Online Education Conference at Alamogordo CC was a Success!" »

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