Shelley Kurland has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University – Rutgers College and a Masters in Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. Shelley has been in academia since 1999 with teaching experiences at the high school level as a Special Education teacher, as well as an adjunct faculty member for Centenary College’s Adult and Professional Programs. She has been working full-time with faculty members in course development and professional development workshops at the college-level for face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses since 2006.
Shelley has been involved with designing and developing curricula for over ten years. A curriculum sets the tone for a course; thus, it is extremely important to understand the student population, instructors’ expectations, and the goals and objectives of the academic institution. When developing a curriculum with faculty members, she encourages the focus of curriculum design on not just active learning, but interactive, life long learning. The use of technology and multimedia is encouraged and implemented centered around the needs of the faculty member, students, and the nature of the course. Shelley believes not only can technology enhance the richness of a course, it can target many learning styles simultaneously, thus increasing the motivation and retention of the students.
Shelley is a member of the Distance Learning Consortium Group, NJEDge, Professional and Organization Development (POD) Network, Sloan Consortium, and Instructional Technology Council.
Shelley has completed the Sloan-C Online Teaching Program Certificate and the Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certificate in 2009. In 2011, Shelley completed the Quality Matters Train-the-Trainer: Face-to-Face Certification. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Teacher Education/Teacher Development at Montclair State University.