Fall 2019 Course Development Institute

About CDI

The Course Development Institute (CDI) is a cohort-based program that 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. 


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.
  • Receive a $1000 stipend for a course that meets a QM internal review.

Stipend and 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.

The stipend can either be paid to the employee or deposited into an NMSU index account.  Stipends paid to employees are considered salary, which incurs fringes as well as taxes and deductions. The OCIP stipend includes $1,000 plus the University’s portion of fringes. The taxes and deductions will be paid by the participant. If a participant opts to have the $1000 stipend deposited into an index account, it is subject to NMSU spending rules and can be used for NMSU approved purchases such as equipment, conference fees, and travel.

Fall 2019 Cohorts

Face-to-face cohorts

OCIP is offering two Fall 2019 CDI face-to-face cohorts (Tuesday Cohort and Friday Cohort). The table below lists the workshop date for these cohorts.

Face-to-Face Workshops – Dates/DeadlinesTuesday Cohort, 1 PM – 4 PMFriday Cohort, 9 AM -12 PM
S1: OrientationSeptember 3, 2019August 30, 2019
S2: Planning an Online Course: Curriculum MappingSeptember 10, 2019September 6, 2019
S3: Creating an Online Syllabus & Accessible DocumentsSeptember 24, 2019September 20, 2019
S4: Designing Getting Started Materials for Online LearningOctober 15, 2019October 18, 2019
S5: Building Interactions & Assessments in an Online CourseOctober 29, 2019November 1, 2019
S6: Integrating Accessible Video & Screencasts into an Online CourseNovember 12, 2019November 15, 2019
Open LabDecember 3, 2019December 6, 2019
Attend a QM Pre-Review Presentation*See OCIP Events page for timesSee OCIP Events page for times
QM Internal Review Deadline**February 1, 2020February 1, 2020

*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: Fall cohort participants with a course that meets an Internal Review by February 1, 2020 are guaranteed a stipend. After February 1, 2020, a stipend is not guaranteed and will be contingent upon funding.

Online Cohort ** NEW! **

New for 2019, OCIP will be piloting an online CDI cohort.  The Online Cohort will be delivered in Canvas from September 2019 – January 2020.  Features of the online course include

  • self-paced and asynchronous so that it fits your schedule and location
  • learning materials that are aligned with the Quality Matters rubric
  • activities to guide the development of materials for your course
  • assignments to get feedback on components of your course from your mentor

Independent Cohort

The independent cohort is self-paced pathway for faculty that do not need the professional development component of CDI.  It 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 Independent Pathway by completing CDI application and indicating “Independent Cohort”.
    • You will be assigned an OCIP mentor upon acceptance into the program. Your mentor can review components of your course and answer questions.
  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.
  7. Send your completed self-review to your mentor to let them know the course is ready for an Internal Review.


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 Fall 2019 CDI online application deadline is August 28, 2019 by noon. To apply, please complete the application formDuring the application process, applicants will need to choose one of the following: Tuesday Cohort, Friday Cohort, Online Cohort or Independent Cohort. Participants will be notified on or before 5:00 pm on August 28, 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 Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 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.


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.Traditional

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