Updates from the Jim Joseph Foundation, June 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

What We Learned from Designing an Online Course

Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D., Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, and Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, write, “As part of an executive master’s degree at HUC-JIR, we designed a seven week long online, distance learning course, first offered in January 2011: Introduction to Jewish Educational Leadership. What did we learn from designing such a course? Technology can be an extraordinary asset! That statement comes from two professors who are “technological immigrants” and had approached the technological dimension of the course with noticeable hesitation and some grumbling. Yet, aided by the skill and creativity of our educational technology specialists, we found ways to enrich and reinforce our goals in a variety of electronic formats.”

NRJE and CASJE: Laying the Foundation for Successful Jewish Education Research

At the Network for Research in Jewish Education conference, there was unprecedented activity around thinking together to build capacity in the doctoral training of researchers. At a meeting on “Advancing Doctoral Training in Jewish Education: A Group Inquiry,” participants took a “guided tour” of posters that described the requirements, dissertation topics, and graduate job placements for the Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs in Jewish Education at top universities, including HUC-JIR. One idea that emerged in this conversation was an interest in greater collaboration among graduate students and faculty across these institutions.


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