National Organizations

ICPSR (logo)

An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Along with that, it  provides a complementary set of Teaching and Learning Resources, including learning guides, exercises, 

NMU is a member of ICPSR, so after creating an account you will have full access to ICPSR resources. 


The Quality Matters (QM) Program is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty.

The Quality Matters Rubric has become the most widely used set of standards for the design of online and blended courses at the college level. Today, more than 700 colleges and universities subscribe to the non-profit Quality Matters Program.

The QM Process for continuous improvement is the framework for quality assurance efforts in online learning and provides effective professional development for faculty making the transition into distance education.

NMU is a campus subscriber to Quality Matters and plans to implement QM reviews for all of its online courses. Please contact the CTL if you have questions about QM or NMU's implementation of the QM standards.


Education Learning Initiative

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the  innovative application of technology. The ELI website contains a wealth of resources concerning learners, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies.  One great feature is the 7 Things You Should Know About series of briefs, which explore the significance of a specific technology for teaching and learning. 

NMU is an institutional member of ELI, so NMU faculty have full access to all resources on the ELI website and also receive free and discounted registrations to ELI programs. The CTL hosts group participation sites for many of ELI's live online events.  



MERLOT is a free, web-based resource designed to help faculty find online teaching and learning materials quickly and easily. MERLOT's strategic goal is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.

Scholarship Opportunities

MERLOT also gives faculty the opportunity to pursue scholarship in the area of teaching and learning.  Becoming a peer reviewer for MERLOT editorial boards gives faculty the chance to provide insights on teaching resources while also potentially discovering resources to include in their own courses.  In addition, MERLOT's Journal of Online Teaching is a respected peer-reviewed journal for articles on teaching in online environments. Faculty may wish to submit articles to JOLT and/or become peer reviewers of JOLT submissions.


Online Leaning Consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly known as Sloan-C,  is "the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide." OLC offers resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning.  Resources include publications (including the respected Online Learning journal), conferences, online courses for faculty, and community networks.  NMU is an institutional member of the OLC.