Dr. Nellie Deutsch is a leader and mentor to teachers worldwide on educational technology. She’s an English language teacher (EFL), an online teacher at WizIQ, a faculty member at Atlantic University Masters of Arts in Transpersonal and leadership studies, on the steering committee of TESOL CALL-IS, the program coordinator at WAOE, MOOC and conference organizer, moderator, researcher, writer, speaker, Reiki practitioner, and relationship-based consultant. Nellie provides consultation on Moodle (course and learning management system) and WizIQ. She mentors educators on how to integrate technology into blended, the flipped class, and fully online programs to facilitate instruction and learning.
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 face-to-face residencies in Atlanta, Georgia and Arlington, Virginia. Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest, Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education around the world. Dr. Deutsch is internationally known as a transformative leader, community builder, an expert in educational technology, coordinator of online professional development courses, and mentor to educators worldwide.
Dr. Deutsch is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides free and low-cost professional development workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO13) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC13) free online conferences supported by WizIQ education online. Dr. Deutsch has provided 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 worked as a consultant for Open University of Israel 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 follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning. 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.
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), and other organizations.
Dr. Deutsch volunteers a great deal of her services to mentoring teachers on how to improve instruction and learning. She is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS). She is also on the board of directors for the World Association for Online Education (WAOE) as the program coordinator. She also 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 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. In fact, 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.
Dr. Deutsch presents and conducts workshops on Moodle and WizIQ both online and around the globe. She will be giving a workshop on Moodle at an English language school in Paraguay in August 2013. Dr. Deutsch is available for consultation and to conduct professional development workshops at your organization.
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.
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.