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NMSU, DACC professors host first NewMexicoDLA online conference

New Mexico?s first chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association recently hosted its first online-only conference with the help of professors from New Mexico State University and Doņa Ana Community College.

Julia Lynn Parra, an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education at NMSU, and Krista Kozel MacDonald, an assistant professor of communication and the online education coordinator at DACC, recently organized the New Mexico Distance Learning Association?s first conference as a way to introduce the new group to the community.

The first NewMexicoDLA conference was a one-day free online conference, themed ?What?s New in New Mexico in Higher Education with Distance, Online and Blended Learning.? It attracted nearly 40 participants statewide, more than what organizers expected.

?We didn?t do any PR (public relations), and we promoted it three days before it was happening,? Parra said. ?We really wanted to reach out just to our members. It was more like a practice. We hope to definitely promote it next year.?

Presenters included representatives from Santa Fe Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, NMSU and the University of New Mexico.

This year?s NewMexicoDLA conference is part of a growing number of online-only conferences across the country. Parra said many professional organizations have started offering portions of their annual conferences online, and many organizations also offer webinars to members.

The NewMexicoDLA conference was also an opportunity for members and potential members to learn more about the new organization, and to share ideas on distance learning, Parra said.

For more information about NewMexicoDLA and for links to this year?s conference presentations, contact Parra at juparra@nmsu.edu. More information may also be found at http://newmexicodla.org.