Spring 2019 Course Development Institute

The Course Development Institute application is open. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019 by noon. Please contact Beth Apodaca if you have questions: bapodaca@nmsu.edu or 6-1572.

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NMSU Academic Rules for Distance Education

In May 2017, NMSU Adopted the 4.69 Academic Rules for Distance Education which states “All NMSU online courses must meet a quality metric, defined by the chief academic officer at each NMSU campus, before being offered.” To support the implementation of 4.69 on the NMSU Las Cruces campus, the Online Course Improvement Program is offering a $1000 stipend to faculty whose online course meets a Quality Matters Review during the 2018-19 Academic School year.  The number of stipends is limited. To qualify for the stipend, the course must be

  • a fully developed online course* offered by the NMSU-Las Cruces Campus meet and
  • meet a Quality Matters Internal Review or Formal Review (Note: the same course cannot be submitted twice)

*  NMSU ARP 4.69, an online course is defined as 50% or more delivered via web-based technologies.

Pathways to a QM Internal Review

OCIP is offering two pathways to a QM internal review:

  1. Cohort-based CDI Pathway
  2. Self-paced CDI Pathway

1.  Cohort-based CDI Pathway

The traditional Course Development Institute (CDI) is a cohort-based program that is offered three times during the academic year. CDI provides an in-depth course development experience for NMSU Las Cruces’ faculty. It provides faculty with a combination of professional development workshops, mentoring, and work time to develop or revise their online course to meet a Quality Matters (QM) Internal Review. Plan on spending an estimated 20 hours for professional development sessions plus additional course development work time.

Spring 2019 Cohorts

OCIP is offering two Spring 2019 CDI cohorts (Cohort 1 and Cohort 2).

Workshops – Dates/Deadlines Cohort 1: Tuesday, 1 PM – 4 PM Cohort 2: Friday, 9 AM -12 PM
S1: Orientation January 29, 2019 January 25, 2019
S2: Planning an Online Course: Curriculum Mapping February 5, 2019 February 8, 2019
S3: Creating an Online Syllabus & Accessible Documents February 19, 2019 February 22, 2019
S4: Designing Getting Started Materials for Online Learning March 5, 2019 March 8, 2019
S5: Building Interactions & Assessments in an Online Course March 19, 2019 March 22, 2019
S6: Integrating Accessible Video & Screencasts into an Online Course April 2, 2019 April 5, 2019
Open Lab April 16, 2019 April 26, 2019
Attend a QM Pre-Review Presentation* See OCIP Events page for times See OCIP Events page for times
QM Internal Review Deadline** June 1, 2019 June 1, 2019


*A 2-hour QM Pre-Review Presentation is a required before all NMSU QM reviews.  In this workshop, participants do a guided course self-review and are provided an overview of the review process. Visit The OCIP events calendar to view upcoming QM Pre-Review Presentations.

** Note: Spring cohort participants with a course that meets an Internal Review by June 1, 2019 are guaranteed a stipend. After June 1, 2019, a stipend is not guaranteed and will be contingent upon funding.

2. Self-Paced CDI Pathway

The self-paced pathway is recommended only for experienced online faculty who have previously participated in an OCIP program and/or who have developed a course that has met a Quality Matters internal review within the past two years. Follow these steps to a QM internal course review.

  1. Apply to the Self-Paced Pathway by completing CDI application and indicating “Cohort 3”.
    • You will be assigned an OCIP mentor upon acceptance into the program.
  2. Download the Course Developer’s Guide.
  3. Follow the steps outlined in the Course Developer Guide to develop or revise your course.
  4. Attend Canvas and OCIP professional development workshops as needed. Visit The OCIP events calendar to view available workshops.
  5. When you think your course is ready for review, sign up for the QM Pre-Review Workshop.  This 2-hour workshop is required before the review. In this workshop participants are provided an overview of the review process. Visit The OCIP events calendar to view upcoming QM Pre-Review Workshops.
  6. Complete a QM self-review.


CDI provides you the opportunity to:

  • Attend cohort workshops to design a course to meet a QM review.
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring to support the development and/or revision of your online course.
  • Develop a learning community with fellow online instructors.


Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time faculty or instructor for the NMSU-Las Cruces Campus.
  • Have taken the Introduction to Canvas workshop from Academic Technology.
  • Plan to teach the online course for NMSU-Las Cruces within the next 18-months.


The CDI Spring 2019 online application deadline is January 23, 2019 by noon. To apply, please complete the application formDuring the application process, applicants will choose either the Tuesday Cohort, Friday Cohort or Self-Paced Pathway. Participants will be notified on or before 5:00 pm on January 23, 2019 of their acceptance into one of the programs.

Please Note: There are limited seats; some applicants may not be accepted.  If not accepted, applicants will be considered for future cohorts. Priority will be given to faculty teaching in Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

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By participating in this program, you understand that:

  • Courses developed during CDI adhere to NMSU’s 11.05  Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization policy.
  • This program will not teach basic computer skills or Canvas learning management system (LMS) skills. For help with basic computer skills contact Doña Ana Community College’s Customized Training. For help with basic LMS skills contact Academic Technology.
  • OCIP will be collecting course review and evaluation data. This data will be collected to improve OCIP and to fulfill the requirements for OCIP reporting. This data will be kept anonymous.

Understanding the Stipend

NMSU considers stipends paid to employees as salary, which incurs fringes as well as taxes and deductions. For successful completion of the Course Development Institute, a stipend of $1,000 plus the University’s portion of fringes will be covered. Additional deductions will be paid by the participant.


If you have any questions about the Course Development Institute, please contact Beth Apodaca at bapodaca@nmsu.edu or call (575) 646-1572. For questions about Quality Matters reviews, please contact Sandy Johnson an srjohnso@nmsu.edu or call (575) 646-4476.