Judith V. Boettcher was the executive director of CREN from 1997-2003. CREN is a nonprofit higher education member organization that founded Bitnet in 1981 and provided IT Knowledge Services and Certificate Authority services supporting research and educational institution. The CREN TechTalks series, launched in 1997, was the first audio webcasts served over the web. Judith served as the program director of this series and cohost of these audio webcast series with Howard Strauss of Princeton. Before joining CREN, Dr. Boettcher was a faculty member in Educational Research of the College of Education and the director of the Office of Interactive Distance Learning at Florida State University.
From 1990-1995 Judith was the director of Education Technology Services at Penn State University. This unit supported faculty in their use of technology to improve teaching and learning. While at Penn State, Judith chaired the universitywide Technology Classroom committee group that designed and developed over 50 technology classrooms. While at Penn State, she also served as the project leader for the Educational Uses of Information Technology (EUIT) Joe Wyatt Challenge that identified 101 Success Stories in Information Technology. Judith also helped to launch systemwide services at Penn State supporting faculty in their effective and innovative uses of technology for instruction.
Judith is very active in national professional organizations, having served on conference planning committees for EUIT and Syllabus, as a member of the board of directors of Seminars on Academic Computing, a member of the ACTL committee for EDUCAUSE, and as a conference chair for Syllabus. She is a Syllabus Scholar and regularly writes columns for the Syllabus magazine and conducts workshops on designing and planning online and distance learning. Many of these columns have been reprinted in other journals and yearbooks. Judith has presented at many national professional meetings, including EDUCAUSE, NERCOMP, SAC, and the League for Innovation, and is a frequently invited keynote speaker for faculty uses of technology programs. She is on the advisory board for the online journal, The Technology Source.
Judith is the lead author of A Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, and a co-editor with Mary M. Doyle and Richard W. Jensen of Technology-Driven Planning: Principles to Practice, published by the Society for College and University Planning in 2000. Another publication is a chapter on How Much Does it Cost to Put a Course Online? It all Depends in Dollars, Distance, and Online Education: The New Economics of College Teaching and Learning. Edited by M. J. F. Finkelstein, Carol; Jewett, Frank I; Scholz, Bernhard W.; Phoenix, AZ, American Council on Education. The most recent publications include Design Levels for Distance and Online Learning, in Discenza, R., Howard, C. and Schenk, K., Eds; Distance Learning and University Effectiveness: Changing Educational Paradigms for Online Learning. Idea Group Publishing, in press; and an article on Course Management Systems in the July 2003 issue of Syllabus.
Judith has a Ph.D. in education and cognitive psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her undergraduate degree is also from Marquette University with majors in Spanish and English and Education.
Integration of technology into the instructional processes of teaching and learning
Distance learning and distance learning partnerships
The change process within higher education institutions