As a member of the ExEL-Experiential Education and Learning- team, Judith is collaborating with the ExEL Initiative presented to the class of 2020 and all undergraduate classes moving forward.
The ExEL initiative represents a larger cultural shift at NSU, as a component of a university-wide effort to strengthen experiential education in undergraduate curricula. The ExEL initiative provides students with the opportunity of gaining diverse, meaningful experiences, through learning activities designed to enhance the undergraduate experience and benefit undergraduate students both personally and professionally, by providing them with real world, hands on educational opportunities. This initiative is strengthened by the added focus of adapting experiential learning strategies to online course delivery.
Also, as an Instructional Technology and Design Specialist at Nova Southeastern University, Judith works with subject matter experts to improve the teaching and learning process through student-centered instruction, problem-based learning, and improvement of instruction in all its forms, whether in face-to-face, fully online, or blended environments. Judith specializes in Faculty Development, Online Learning Management Systems, instructional technology, and Teacher Education, among others.
On any typical day Judith's activities may include any or all of the following: working on instructional design projects, teaching a workshop for faculty, helping a professor plan instruction for a course, producing, filming and/or editing an instructional video, conducting program evaluations, organizing faculty meetings, presenting at national and international conferences, collaborating with administration in program development and implementation, and publishing in a variety of media. Those are the main ones, but there are many more! Now, if you asked her what she enjoys the most? The answer would definitely be helping educators discover a variety of instructional strategies to make each course reflects best practices in adult learning.
Judith holds a Doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Design and Technology from the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education of Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation topic was "Faculty and Student Perceptions of Teaching Presence in Distance Education Courses: A Mixed Methods Examination". Fortunately, it was honored with the Dr. Charles L. Faires Dissertation of Distinction Award. Before that, she got a Master’s Degree in Education -Instructional Technology-, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
For the past 25 years, Judith has served as an Instructional Designer, Faculty Trainer, and Teacher Education Specialist. Throughout this period she held several positions at Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Miami Dade College, and also in different countries. For most of those years Judith has helped current faculty members and future educators develop effective teaching skills. She has contributed to organizational change focused on maximizing the use of instructional technology in graduate level courses, and has helped faculty design and develop fully online, blended, and face-to-face courses and programs.