Course Development Institute

The Course Development Institute applications currently closed. Please contact Beth Apodaca if you have questions: or 6-1572.

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.


OCIP is offering two pathways to a QM internal review:

Self-Paced 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 Cohort 3 by completing CDI application (applications currently closed.)
  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.

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.

Fall 2018 Cohorts

OCIP is offering two Fall 2018 CDI cohorts.

Workshops/Deadlines  Cohort 1: Tuesday, 1 PM – 4 PM Cohort 2: Friday, 9 AM -12 PM
S1: Orientation August 28, 2018 August 24, 2018
S2: Course Mapping September 4, 2018 September 7, 2018
S3: Creating Accessible Content and Online Syllabus September 25, 2018 September 28, 2018
S4: Designing Homepages & Getting Started Modules October 9, 2018 October 12, 2018
S5: Interactions & Rubrics October 23, 2018 October 26, 2018
S6: Accessible Video & Screencasting November 13, 2018 November 16, 2018
Open Lab November 27, 2018 November 30, 2018
Attend a QM Pre-Review Presentation* October 17 and November 14 – see OCIP Events page for times October 17 and November 14 – see OCIP Events page for times
QM Internal Review Deadline**  February 1, 2019  February 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: Fall cohort participants with a course that meets an Internal Review by February 1, 2019 are guaranteed a stipend. After February 1, 2019, 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 Fall 2018 online application deadline is August 21, 2018 by noon. To apply, please complete the application form. During the application process, applicants will choose either the Tuesday or Friday cohort. Participants will be notified by  on or before 5:00 pm on August 22, 2018 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 Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.


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 or call (575) 646-1572. For questions about Quality Matters reviews, please contact Sandy Johnson an or call (575) 646-4476.