OCIP Course Development Summer Institute

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May 10 Orientation, 10-noon; May 14-17 and May 20-23, 8am - 4 pm

The OCIP Course Development Summer Institute provides intensive professional development in online course development; appropriate for all levels of ability. The focus of this institute is to offer tools and support to online instructors as they develop their courses to meet a Quality Matters Internal Review. Open to all NMSU Las Cruces faculty and staff who teach or will be teaching online. If the course you are developing for NMSU Las Cruces meets a QM Internal Review, you may be eligible to receive a $1000 stipend.

The application is now open! If you have questions please contact Beth Apodaca, OCIP Coordinator: bapodaca@nmsu.edu or 6-1572


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: Integrating Accessible Video & Screencasts into an Online Course

April 2, 2019
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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OCIP: Mini-Workshop - What Three Things Should I Do Each Week to Engage Online Students?

April 9, 2019
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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OCIP: QM Pre-review Workshop

April 10, 2019
Wednesday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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OCIP: Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

April 12, 2019
Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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OCIP's Tips

Using Midterm Evaluations to Inform Your Teaching

It can be a little daunting to ask your students what they REALLY think of your course, but midterm evaluations can give you valuable information about how your students are feeling and where you may need to adjust your teaching, while you still have time. Keep it simple and informal - in a short survey, ask what aspects of the course have been the most helpful, the least helpful, and what you can do to improve their learning experience. For more ideas: It's the Middle of the Semester...So, What Do My Students Really Think?

Use Rubrics to Enhance Assessment

A well-written rubric can help students identify expectations and demystify the grading process. For instructors, rubrics also provide a framework that helps make grading more efficient and consistent.  Consider making rubrics a regular part of your assessment by sharing them with the assignment instructions and using the rubric to grade the assignment. For help writing rubrics, check out this Writing Rubrics Worksheet or visit the OCIP Events to find an upcoming workshop.  

Hello Students

A great way to start off the semester is to send your students a “Welcome to Class” email a week or so before the first day of the semester. This message can include how to access the course as well as any specific directions students may need to know before the first day of class. Here is a Welcome Email example that you are free to use, adapt, or revise!

Latest News

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. It could not happen without a team effort! Thank you for all you do in providing support for online education.

Quality in Online Education Conference

Join Quality Matters Reviewers, educators, students, 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 as well as assuring quality in online course design when you attend the Quality in Online Education Conference, March 1, 2019, from 8:30 am -3:30 pm on the Alamogordo Community College campus.  Registration fee: $25 (includes hospitality, continental breakfast, and lunch).  Virtual attendance fee:  $10. To submit a proposal, complete the Quality In Online …

Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) Advisory Board is Official!

Congratulations to the OCIP Advisory Board for becoming established as an official NMSU-sanctioned board! The purpose of the advisory board is to provide guidance and review the status of the Online Course Improvement Program. The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) provides professional development focused on improving the quality of online courses and online teaching for NMSU – Las Cruces. OCIP is part of Instructional Innovation and Quality. The mission of the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) is to support quality online education at NMSU in alignment with ARP 4.69 Academic Rules for Distance Education. The goals of the Online Course Improvement …