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.