2013-02-26 23:08:51 - Judy Neill, of Ripon, Wis., recently announced her retirement as division director of the Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS), a division of the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation (WTCF). WIDS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving learning and instruction, provides the WIDS Web-based curriculum management application, as well as instructional design consulting and training services to organizations, colleges and schools around the globe.
Neill, who helped establish WIDS in 1990, has since nurtured the organization’s offerings, purpose and instructional design team. Following her retirement as director, she will serve as part-time WIDS advisor.
During her tenure, Neill led many collaborative instructional design initiatives in partnership with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and business and industry, among others.
Neill’s creativity is what sets her apart, according to Bob Sorensen, WTCSF Board member and former president of Moraine Park Technical College (Moraine Park), in Fond du Lac, Wis. Neill served Moraine Park for 17 years prior to helping form WIDS. Her tenure there included serving as project director, administrator instructional development, associate dean instructional design and development, supervisor alternative learning, and
instructor/coordinator general education, among others. “She provided imagination and leadership to a variety of initiatives, including the integration of core abilities, or life skills, across the curriculum, innovative strategies for distance and alternative learning, and expanded partnerships with area high schools,” said Sorensen.
“Judy has been a pioneer in developing and executing innovative practices in instructional design,” added Bryan Albrecht, president at Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wis. “Her vision, talent and leadership will be missed, but her legacy work will continue to enhance classrooms throughout the world. "
While Neill’s career is highlighted with many accomplishments, she maintains she’s most proud of her team’s success. Focused on choosing the “brightest” and most “talented” individuals, Neill formed a staff comprised of instructional, software and marketing experts who operate from various cities across the country. While WIDS is headquartered at the WTCSF offices in Waunakee, Wis., Neill and two other team members operate out of a Ripon satellite office.
“Looking back over my career, I feel fortunate to be a part of the movement that has sharpened the focus of education on learners and learning,” said Neill. “Working with Wisconsin technical colleges for 36 years has given me a sense of pride in, and a hearty appreciation of the mission, work, and most of all, the people, who make a difference for so many learners. However, I feel the greatest pride in the accomplishments of the WIDS team.”
Neill holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and economics from Ripon College, in Ripon, and a master’s degree in continuing adult and vocational education from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A nonprofit division of WTCSF, WIDS offers advanced tools and personal support to help clients design and manage effective performance-based curriculum.
To learn more about WIDS – a Web-based curriculum design, management and dissemination application – access one of several tutorial videos, or consider engaging in a WIDS Webinar! Visit www.wids.org or call 800-677-9437.