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NMSU professor elected as board officer of national online learning organization

Release Date: 08 Jan 2020
NMSU professor elected as board officer of national online learning organization

Julia Parra, an assistant professor at New Mexico State University’s College of Education, has been elected to the board of the Online Learning Consortium. The OLC is a leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide.

Parra was elected to the OLC Board of Directors in 2017, and is currently serving as the chair of the Governance Committee. Her term as board secretary began Jan. 1. At NMSU, Parra is the coordinator for the Learning Design & Technology programs in the College of Education’s School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership. She is currently serving as vice chair for Faculty Senate and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for Technology and the NMSU Online Taskforce.

Parra’s areas of specialization include learning design, technology and innovation; intersections of technology, pedagogy and content knowledge; Online/Blended/HyFlex Teaching & Learning; Emerging Technologies; and critical and culturally responsive teaching with technology.

Parra earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction from NMSU, and her doctorate from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a specialization in learning technologies.

“I am delighted to welcome this outstanding group of online learning leaders as the new officers of OLC’s board of directors,” said Jennifer Mathes, interim CEO of the Online Learning Consortium. “Their guidance will be instrumental in advancing OLC’s strategic agenda.”

The Online Learning Consortium is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner. The OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. For more information, visit

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