Course Development Institute

The Summer Institute is currently accepting applications. The deadline to apply is April 31, 2018 at noon. Apply now!

NMSU Academic Rules for Distance Education

In May 2017, NMSU Adopted the 6.55 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 6.55 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 2017-18 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.


OCIP is offering two pathways to a QM internal review:

Self Directed Pathway

The self-directed pathway is recommended for experienced online faculty who have previously participated in an OCIP program.  Follow these steps to a QM course review.

  1. Download the Course Developer’s Guide.
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the Course Developer Guide to develop or revise your course.
  3. Attend Canvas and OCIP professional development workshops as needed. Visit The OCIP events calendar to view available workshops.
  4. 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 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 Workshops.

Course Development Institute Pathway

The Course Development Institute (CDI) is a 5-month program that is offered throughout the year. CDI provides an in-depth experience for small cohorts of 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 2018 Cohorts

OCIP is offering two Spring 2018 CDI cohorts. The Tuesday cohort is face-to-face. The Friday cohort is hybrid so participants will be able to attend face-to-face or online via Adobe Connect.

Workshops/Deadlines  Cohort 1: Tuesday, 1PM – 4 PM Cohort 2: Friday, 9 AM -12 PM
(hybrid – attend face-to-face or online via Adobe Connect)
S1: Orientation January 23, 2018 January 26, 2018
S2: Course Mapping February 13, 2018 February 16, 2018
S3: Creating Accessible Content and Online Syllabus March 6, 2018 March 9, 2018
S4: Designing Homepages & Getting Started Modules March 27, 2018 April 13, 2018
S5: Interactions & Rubrics April 17, 2018 April 20, 2018
S6: Accessible Video & Screencasting May 1, 2018 May 4, 2018
Attend a QM Pre-Review Workshop March 14, April 10, and April 18 – see OCIP Events page for times March 14, April 10, and April 18 – see OCIP Events page for times
QM Internal Review Deadline*  May 11, 2018  May 11, 2018


Fall 2017 Cohort Schedule


A 2-hour QM Pre-Review Workshop 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 Workshops.

Additional OCIP and Canvas workshops are also available. Visit The OCIP events calendar to view open workshops.

* Note: Spring cohort participants with a course that meets an Internal Review before May 11, 2018 are guaranteed a stipend. After May 11, 2018, a stipend is not guaranteed and will be contingent upon funding.


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 2018 online application deadline is January 19, 2017 by noon. To apply, please complete the application formDuring the application process, applicants will choose either the Tuesday or Friday cohort. Participants will be notified by 5:00 pm on January 19, 2017 of their acceptance.

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 2018 or Fall 2018.



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 any deductions. For successful completion of the Course Development Institute, a stipend of $1,000 plus fringes will be covered. Taxes and any additional deductions will be paid by the participant.

Gross Net (Take Home)
$1000 depends on your withholding


If you have any questions about the Course Development Institute, please contact Miley Grandjean at, or call (575) 646-5492. For questions about Quality Matters reviews, please contact Sandy Johnson an or call (575) 646-4476.