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Dr. Judith Cahn has been in the field of educational technology for nearly 30 years.  Throughout her career, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to promote, enhance and enrich programs through e-learning initiatives and to prepare  school faculty at all grade levels, K-university, through present and emerging technologies. She is known to build partnerships among academic units to work collaboratively toward achievement of institutional goals that can be addressed through distance education and online technologies.  Her achievements includes faculty development programming focusing on educational technology and online learning.

At present, Dr. Cahn is Director of John Jay Online. focusing on  extending the reach of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York. She is responsible for the oversight of the development, marketing, enrollment and student support of online graduate, certificate, and professional studies programs worldwide. Programs offered include Master's in Security management, Masters in Criminal Justice, Professional Certificate in Homeland security, Professional Certificate in Terrorism Studies, to name a few.

Her tenure at Yeshiva University as Director of eLearning and Distance Education included the development of e-learning initiatives including supporting the university vision for YU Global.

Dr. Cahn's efforts helped Azrieli Graduate School develop among their first online Master's program, and she served as an adjunct instructor, teaching online graduate courses in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. She has presented and published about topics in educational technology and educational psychology, as well. Her research and dissertation examined the needs of adolescent children of newly Orthodox Jewish families.

Education

2012

EdD 

Yeshiva University
1980

EdM

Harvard University 
1979

BA, cum laude

New York University

Work History

Feb 2015Present

Director, John Jay Online

John Jay College

Responsible for oversight of all aspects of John Jay Online, the online division of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; implementing the strategic vision through program development and course design, innovative use of technology in instruction, student and faculty support, and development of infrastructure to support rapid and continued growth.  Organization formed to include marketing efforts - digital, print and targeted events; enrollment and student services, instructional design and multimedia development, and an academic technology group to support the LMS and integrated educational technologies and offer faculty development opportunities about online teaching and learning. 

20122015

Director, eLearning and Distance Education

Yeshiva University

Responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to promote, enhance and enrich Yeshiva University programs through e-learning initiatives and to prepare undergraduate and graduate school faculty through present and emerging technologies.

  • Developed online/blended courses since 2012. 
  • Faculty development and support to produce and deliver academically rigorous, creative, high-quality online/hybrid/blended content, courses, and programs identified in vision for YU Global. 
  • Developed and implemented program development initiatives from concept phase to roll-out. 
  • Collaborated with all university departments to develop processes to support online students. 
  • Oversight for the learning management system used for online courses to ensure that functionality and support meet academic needs. 
  • Managed the Jim Joseph Foundation grant for a collaborative faculty fellowship among three higher education organizations.  Collaborated with the Columbia Center for New Media in Teaching and Learning to design and implement a model for the eLearning Faculty Fellowship about educational technology and online learning. 
20112012

Education Technology Specialist

Yeshiva University Azrieli Graduate School

Responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to promote, enhance and enrich the Azrieli Graduate School programs to prepare Jewish educators through present and emerging technologies.

  • Developed new Azrieli programs using emerging technologies.
  • Collaborated with faculty to develop online courses in course management system (Moodle) to create an online master's degree, the first at the university. 
  • Mentored faculty and staff; develop student workshops, and other professional development activities in areas of educational technology and the use of specific instructional technology tools.
  • Demonstrated virtual learning tools to graduate classes.
  • Coordinated with university technologies related to teaching and learning at Azrieli Graduate School,
  • Provided recommendations on the strategic and operational issues associated with the development of new instructional technology to support Distance Learning.
  • Organized and directed Technology Fairs.
  • Researched the latest trends and developments in academic software and hardware used for higher education, including emerging technologies and technology-related pedagogy.
  • Developed strong, cooperative relationships with faculty and campus entities, such as Academic Computing and ITS, Institute for University-School Partnership, as well as professional educational technology organizations.

Adjunct Professor: Educational Psychology

Blended (face-to-face and online) course, using the Moodle platform, addressing basic concepts in educational psychology with particular attention to theory, research and practical applications for the educator. A wide range of topics related to the application of psychology to the classroom include a review of the psychology of motivation, instilling values, and the role of educators in promoting a healthy self-concept. A basic overview of the major theories of child development is provided in the context of recent research findings, and implications for educators.

Instructor: Educational Technology Graduate Course

Online course, using the Moodle platform, addresses best practices on integrating technology into the curriculum and classroom. The course assists students in developing a working knowledge of educational technology standards and pedagogy, proficiency with fundamental technology tools and the ability to apply them to the classroom. Students have opportunity to evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning, access resources to help address instructional challenges, and evaluate the validity of those resources to meet student learning needs.

Instructor, Integrating SMART Board in Jewish Curricula Workshops for The Legacy Heritage Fund/Yeshiva University Stern College Jewish Educators Project, Spring 2010 - present.

20092011

Maneli Foundation Doctoral Fellow

Yeshiva University Azrieli Graduate School

Yeshiva University Azrieli Graduate School

  • Webinar Presenter, YU Institute for University-School Partnership, Fall 2009, Spring 2010. 
    • Teaching Internet Social Skills to Students (with Rona Novick, PhD
    • Integrating Multimedia into SMART Board Lessons 
    • SMART Board for Jewish Studies in Middle and High Schools 
  • Website Content Manager, Redesigned and updated Azrieli Graduate School website www.yu.edu/azrieli 
  • Presenter, SMART Board for Beginners, Advanced SMART Board, Azrieli Technology Fair, Spring 2010

Co-Chair, Community of Practice: Maximizing Technology, Spring 2010. YU Institute for University-School Partnership. Connecting school technology administrators through online meetings.

19962009

Academic Technologist

Bi-Cultural Day School
  • Designed and developed Technology Department in K-8 school, established computer curriculum for all grades. 
  • Developed projects to integrate the technology into curricula. Taught computer skills and integrated technology in curricula for all grades.
  • Developed and conducted on-going teacher training programs and workshops in technology. Provided hardware and software support through the school. 
  • Developed on-line learning program in association with Bar Ilan University to teach Jewish studies to Bi-Cultural alumni high school students who were not enrolled in Jewish high schools.

Expertise in Microsoft Office, SMART Board software, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, educational software, learning management systems,  contact management software, school management software, video capture, web tools and apps for education.

Educational Psychology

Management and Corporate Training

Writing, Publishing, Media

Cahn, J. R. (2003) Relative Stranger. 1st Books Library, Bloomington, IN. Fiction.

Using Computers in a Day School Setting, (1998), Lookstein Center http://www.lookstein.org/articles/using_computers.htm

Healthcare Management Software, Technical Writer, Software Instructor. 1991-1996

CBS, Inc., 1983-1988

Product Manager, CBS Software & CBS Interactive Learning (a division of Holt, Reinhart & Winston) Published educational software packages including titles such as Preparing for the SAT, Fraggle Rock Adventure, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.  Time, Inc. 1980-1983. 

Writer, Training & Development Manuals, HBO

Producer, Interactive Video, Time Life Video. Research & development for management training/educational videos for executives, Time Life Video.