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Dr. Nellie Deutsch


Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technology, curriculum and instruction, and blended learning practitioner, relationship-based transformative mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, and community builder. She combines technology and teacher related professional development courses with mindfulness practice, the Alexander technique, and the Silva Method. Her teaching experiences range from teaching English as a foreign language (EFL/ESL) in high school and higher education for over 35 years and teacher professional development with technology since 2006. She’s currently an instructor at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership MA programs, speaks at online and face-to-face conferences, and organizes annual informal MOOCs, online conferences, and free online courses and webinars on Moodle for Teachers.  

Nellie Deutsch offers online and face-to-face courses on teaching with technology, mobile devices in the classroom, Moodle (course and learning management system), Google Drive, tools to develop video tutorials, Adobe Connect and WizIQ. She mentors teachers on how to engage and allow students to teach as a way to learn using active learning methods. Her focus is on integrating technology into blended, the flipped class, and fully online programs. She founded Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) community of educators, Moodle for Teachers (M4T) network, Connecting Online (February) and MoodleMoot (August) annual virtual conferences. She organizes annual Moodle MOOCs (November and May) and Second Life MOOC (April).

Dr. Deutsch follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning and teaching as a way to learn. Her experiential humanitarian approach to instruction and learning has earned her the respect of educators around the globe and attracted her to healthy living and healing. She's an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner. She practices Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.

She was on the steering committee of TESOL CALL-IS and on IATEFL YLTSIG committee. She is currently the program coordinator at WAOE (World Association of Online Education), on the program committee and executive committee of EdMedia at AACE (Advancement of Computing in Education), was on IATEFL YLT SIG committee and TESOL CALL-IS. Is currently on the coordinating team of Electronic Village Online (EVO) TESOL.

Nellie has been teaching English to speakers of other languages (EFL) since the mid 70s. She has been integrating technology (computer assisted language learning or CALL) into her classes since the mid 90s. Dr. Deutsch earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix online with 3 residencies in Atlanta, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia, USA.  Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest, Amazon and Createspace) focused on instructor experiences with implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education around the world.

As the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides free and low-cost professional development and teacher training workshops for educators around the world, Nellie has many opportunities to connect with educators from around the globe for learning. Nellie has also also initiated Moodle for Teachers (M4T) free online courses on how to Moodle and teach online and Connecting Online (CO09-CO16) for Instruction and Learning, Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC16), and Blog Festivals (2013-2016) free online conferences.

Nellie worked as a consultant for Open University and, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Atlantic University, and Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand) in designing and facilitating online workshops on how to create Open Education Resources on the use Mediawiki, and on Moodle for teachers (M4T) and Moodle for teacher administrators (M4TA). She was the first appointed officer, secretary and an elected member of the steering committee on Wikieducator until 2009. She is still involved in Wikieducator with Dr. Ramesh Sharma in nominating the User Page Expo (UPE) of the month.

Dr. Deutsch has written book chapters on the use of technology and research (Cases in Online Interviews and Education for a Digital World 2.0: Innovations in Education (edition 2) published by the BC Ministry of Education and OpenSchool BC in July 2011) and has peer-reviewed articles, proposals for conferences, and books on technology enhanced learning. She also edits books on Moodle. She reviews proposals for the International Leadership Association (ILA),  TESOL conferences, EdMedia, Immersive Education (iED), World Association for Online Education (WAOE), TESOL, IATEFL YLT SIG committees, and other organizations.

Dr. Deutsch has presented on technology enhanced learning and educational leadership at conferences in the United States and virtually around the world. Nellie was on the organizing committee with 2 others for the Math and Arts camp and conference at Ithaca College in the summer of 2011. Nellie organized and chaired a panel discussion on the merits and challenges of integrating technology into the classroom at the International Leadership Association (ILA) in London, in 2011. She also participated in a panel discussion on cultural diversity in the English classroom and how Moodle can be used for intercultural projects at TESOL 2012. Nellie also facilitated Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops at the TESOL 2011 in New Orleans and at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia, at TESOL 2013 in Dallas, at EdMedia in Denver, 2012, in 2014, and was an invited speaker at TESOL College Day in Baltimore where she spoke on technology distraction or engagement in 2016. She was also at the EdMedia conference in Victoria in 2013 and gave a workshop on Moodle and presented a paper on best practices in organizing MOOCs for educators worldwide using Moodle and WizIQ at the EdMedia conference June 2014 in Tampere, Finland, and gave a workshop on Moodle and 2 presentations at EdMedia in Montreal in June 2015 and in Vancouver in 2016.

Nellie was an invited guest at the annual leadership convention at Atlantic University at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment  in the fall of 2012. She conducted workshops on mindfulness practice, authenticity and leadership, and gave a guided meditation practice on mindfulness. She enjoys giving workshops on Mindfulness as a way to help educators and students to relax and improve the quality of their physical and mental lives.

She also gave a 4-day teacher training workshop on Moodle & WizIQ at Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz  English Institute and presented at uniNorte university in Paraguay on how to teach online using WizIQ in August 2013. Nellie was a keynote speaker and gave workshop on Partners of their Own Learning on November 22-23, 2014 in Ireland at the Digital ELT conference at the IATEFL LTSIG and a plenary at IATEFL YLT and LT SIG PCE in Birmingham in 2016. She is scheduled to give a workshop on Moodle and beyond in Toulouse, France in November, 2016.

Nellie serves on events organized by other organizations such as McGill University MOOC. Nellie was a community facilitator at McGillX: GROOCx Social Learning for Social Impact.

She speaks for various organization worldwide and was an invited speaker at Mofet webinars on September 17, 2015 and an invited speaker at the EdTech.Now conclav in New Delhi, India in October 15, 2015.

Dr. Deutsch is available for mentorship, consultation, and to conduct professional development workshops at your organization both face-to-face and online.

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Deutsch, N. (Eds.). (2013). Connecting online for instruction and learning: International perspectives. Charleston: CreateSpace. Download or buy on Amazon.

Deutsch, N. (2012). Critique and analysis of Dowlings's "Online asynchronous and face-to-face interviewing: Comparing methods for exploring women's experiences of breastfeeding long term".  In J. Salmons (Ed)., Cases in online interview research (pp. 297-299). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Deutsch, N. (2012). Implementing technology in blended learning courses. In J. Salmons (Ed)., Cases in online interview research (pp. 261-269). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Deutsch, N. (2010). Instructor experiences with implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education. Seattle: Createspace. Available on Amazon.

Deutsch, N., & Smirnova, L. (2011). Using Moodle for professional development workshops. In Sandy Hirtz and Kevin Kelly  (Eds)., Education for a digital world 2.0: Innovations in education (2011) 2nd Edition (pp. 67-90). Victoria: Open Schools BC. Available online:

Smirnova, L. & Deutsch, N. (2014). Addressing contextual adaptation in the dissemination of online technologies: Using Moodle and WizIQ for professional development training. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2014 (pp. 1205-1211). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Smirnova, L. & Deutsch, N. (2015). Engaging college students in global interaction via digital media: Setting the stage for the International Writing Exchange (IWE) project. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (pp. 802-805). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Taylor, V., Lavin, R. S., & Deutsch, N. (2011). Learning objects and personal learning environments. In Sandy Hirtz and Kevin Kelly  (Eds)., Education for a digital world 2.0: Innovations in education (2011) 2nd Edition (pp. 511-536). Victoria: Open Schools BC. Available online: