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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: Coffee and Course Design - Spicing Up Your Course with Images

Instructor-Led
October 19, 2018
Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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OCIP: Interactions & Rubrics

Instructor-Led
October 23, 2018
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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OCIP: Mini-Workshop - How Can I Implement Universal Design for Learning in the Next 20 Days?

Instructor-Led
October 23, 2018
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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OCIP: Mini-Workshop - How Can I Implement Universal Design for Learning in the Next 20 Months?

Instructor-Led
November 6, 2018
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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OCIP's Tips

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

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.

Latest News

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 …

Quality Matters Rubric

The Higher Ed Rubric is intended for use with courses that are delivered fully online or have a significant online component (hybrid and blended courses). Course Designers use the Rubric to aid in the creation of courses designed to meet Standards from the outset. The Rubric is also used to assess the level to which a course meets Standards and highlight areas for improvement. A score of 85% (with Essential Standards being met) qualifies a course to receive a QM Certification for quality course design. QM Members using this Rubric include: Individual Faculty and Instructional Designers Four-year Accredited Colleges and Universities Community Colleges For more …