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Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Doctor of Education

Female |Toronto, Canada

Week 3: Learning & Teaching Online

15 Jun

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This webinar is hosted in English



You are invited to join the the first Moodle MOOC of its kind hosted by WizIQ and organized by Dr. Nellie Deutsch.

This class will focus on Learning & Teaching Online.

Guest Speaker
Stephen Downes is our guest speaker. Stephen will speak about connectivism, online learning, and the MOOC.

Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.

Downes is perhaps best known for his daily nesletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world. He has published numerous articles both online and in print, including The Future of Online Learning (1998), Learning Objects (2000), Resource Profiles (2003), and E-Learning 2.0 (2005). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years ( see his website).

Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC
Although MOOCs and Connectivism appear to be the result of recent innovation, neither has emerged from a vacuum. The three elements in the title of this talk, Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC, relate to three core elements in a learning society: knowledge, learning and community. This talk will draw out aspects of each of these three elements and relate them specifically to the development and design of MOOCs today, and in particular to network-based MOOCs (or cMOOCs).

Pioneers of the MOOC
Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility by Sir John Daniel, a fellow at the Korea National Open University and Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China provides an excellent exploration of the MOOC. According to Sir John Daniel, "Cormier and Bryan Alexander coined the acronym to describe an open online course at the University of Manitoba designed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes" (See article).



Teaching with Moodle is a self-paced 4-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. The course will take place in the month of June 2013. The MOOC is in the spirt of open education and is completely free.

Participants will become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They will learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. The course will include both asynchronous (not dependent on time) and synchronous (time dependent) elements. The course is self-paced with ongoing discussions (facilitator and technical support available), live online classes (recordings), videos, and other relevant content.

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. The MOOC and the live online classes will be moderated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and facilitated by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, Dr. Ramesh Sharma, and Judith Behrens (doctoral student).

Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and throughout the course through the following google drive document. The live online classes will be recorded for future reference, so don't worry if you cannot attend or if you'd like to review the content.

Live Online Classes on WizIQ

There will be 5 live online classes. The live online synchronous classes will take place on WizIQ on Saturdays at 10 AM (EST). Please check your time zone (June 1) for the exact time. Recordings will be available.
Participants will engage with the facilitator, each other, and the content. For further information, please contact Dr. Nellie Deutsch.

About the Host

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Doctor of Education
Toronto, Canada

Nellie Deutsch is a Canadian English teacher and e-learning specialist. Nellie has been teaching English to speakers of other languages since the mid 70s. She has been integrating technology into her classes since the mid 90s.

Nellie earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies in 2010. Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world.

Nellie is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an informal network of volunteers that provides free professional development workshops for groups around the world, generally in conjunction with different projects and initiatives. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot free online conferences, hosted online by IT4ALL and supported by WiZiQ online learning platform.

Dr. Deutsch has provided consultation on how to integrate Moodle and Elluminate learning environments for distance education at Open University and worked as a consultant at WikiEducator.org, supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand), and Athabasca Open University (Canada) in developing online courses and facilitation. She is also an educational consultant, mentor, instructional course designer, and online facilitator on how to integrate technology into the face-to-face and online classroom using Moodle, WebQuests, Professional Electronic Portfolios (Mahara), web 2.0 tools, social networks, and wikis.

In addition, Nellie is an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner, who practices and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.

Dr. Deutsch has written chapters on the use of technology and research (Sage) in textbooks and has peer reviewed articles and books. Dr. Deutsch also serves as chair for doctoral students.

Finally, Dr. Deutsch has presented on integrating technology into the classroom and educational leadership at conferences in the United States and virtually around the world. Nellie led <a href="http://www.ila-net.org/Conferences/2011/Program3.asp?ProgramDBID=287" >a panel discussion on the merits and challenges of technology</a> to improve instruction and learning at the International Leadership Association (ILA) in London, in 2011 and will be a panelist at the TESOL, Philadelphia conference on culture in the English classroom in 2012.

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