Shared Resources

This web page – developed by NMSU faculty – provides information to online instructors transitioning their courses to an online or hybrid format.

Shared Resources

2020 Leading the Way Award

The Leading the Way award recognizes a NMSU Las Cruces campus faculty, staff, or administrator who “walks the talk” in terms of professional growth, quality focus, mentorship and leadership.

To nominate another person or yourself for this award, please access the nomination form via the link below. The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) Advisory Board will review the applications.

Leading the Way Nomination

Keep Teaching and Learning!

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

Keep Teaching!  Keep Learning!

New! Teaching Online Mini-Video Series

For May 2020, come back each week to watch new mini-videos with important considerations for teaching online.

Watch Now

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 Online Teaching Tips

Welcoming Your Students

Get your online course off to a great start with a welcoming “Welcome Letter”. A Welcome Letter creates instructor presence and lets students “hear” your voice. Email the Welcome Letter a week or so before the course start date and post in the course as well. Provide important and useful information like your contact information,...Continue reading "Welcoming Your Students" »

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Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom

As you prepare your online course for the next semester, you might want to consider implementing project-based learning (PBL). Many conventional classrooms have long operated on a project-based model, where instead of reading chapters, answering questions, and taking tests, students work on subject-specific educational projects such as building a greenhouse, designing a website, or debating...Continue reading "Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom" »

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Building community in an online course

In addition to creating your instructor presence in an online course, also consider designing a sense of community. If Implemented early in the semester, a strong sense of community leads to improved retention and student success. Three ways to get started might be to: Begin by modeling the behavior you expect students to exhibit.  This...Continue reading "Building community 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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