Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technology and curriculum consultant, relationship-based mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, community builder, expert in teaching with technology, Moodle and WizIQ live classes. She combines technology and teacher related professional development courses with mindfulness practice and the Alexander technique. She’s been teaching English as a foreign language in high school and higher education for over 35 years. She’s an instructor at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies, speaks at online and face-to-face conferences, and organizes annual informal MOOCs, online conferences, and free online courses and webinars on WizIQ education online and on Moodle for Teachers.
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 and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.
Nellie provides consultation on teaching with technology, mobile devices in the classroom, Moodle (course and learning management system), Google Drive, and WizIQ. She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) community of educators, Moodle for Teachers (M4T) network, Connecting Online and MoodleMoot annual virtual conferences, and Moodle MOOCs on WizIQ (bi- annual). She is currently on the steering committee of TESOL CALL-IS, community manager on the TESOL Secondary School Interest Section, 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), on IATEFL YLT SIG committee, and 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) focused on instructor experiences with implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education around the world.
She is 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. Dr. Deutsch is also initiated Moodle for Teachers (M4T) free online courses on how to Moodle and teach online. She is the current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO15) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC15) free online conferences supported by WizIQ education online. Dr. Deutsch provides consultation and face-to-face and online workshops on how to integrate Moodle, WizIQ, and other learning environments for fully online and blended learning environments at conferences, universities and other organizations. She has organized the first Moodle MOOC in the world in June 2013. She organizes 2 Moodle MOOCs a year in May and November and MOOCs on Second Life in April and on Healthy Living in September. Nellie also organizes 2 Blog Festivals a year (March 21 and September 21).
Nellie worked as a consultant for Open University and WikiEducator.org, 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).
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 committee, and other organizations.
Dr. Deutsch volunteers a great deal of her time to mentor teachers on how to improve instruction and learning. Her focus is on how to integrate technology into blended, the flipped class, and fully online programs. She is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS). She promotes free online education worldwide by providing free professional development courses to educators in Africa and underdeveloped countries. Dr. Deutsch facilitated courses on Wikieducator to promote free Open Education Resources (OER). 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 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 and 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 will be giving a workshop on Moodle and 2 presentations at the upcoming EdMedia in Montreal in June 2015.
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.
Dr. Deutsch is available for mentorship, consultation, and to conduct professional development workshops at your organization both face-to-face and online.
Editorial Review Board Member
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". n 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.
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: http://openschool.bc.ca/info/edu/7540006133_2.pdf
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: http://openschool.bc.ca/info/edu/7540006133_2.pdf
Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technology and curriculum consultant, speaker, believer in transformative learning through technology and teaching as way to learn, community builder, expert in educational technology and blended learning, developer of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide. She has been integrating technology into her high school classes since 1993 and teaching with Moodle since 2003. She is faculty at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies. Currently, she organizes online and face-to-face conferences, 2 Moodle MOOCs a year in November and May, a MOOC on Second Life in April, and a MOOC on Healthy Living in September. The MOOCs offer badges and certificates to participants who create tutorials that demonstrate active learning by teaching as a way to learn using Google drive, Screencast-o-matic, SlideSpeech, Movenote, Evernote, PresentMe, and eMaze.