The Open University of Israel
Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer

Prof. Judith Gal-Ezer

Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science

Updated: August 2014

 

Personal

Tel: 972-9-7782202

Fax: 972-9-7780642

E-mail: galezer@openu.ac.il

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Education

1968 B.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Tel-Aviv University
1971 M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Tel-Aviv University
1978 Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Tel-Aviv University
1983-1985 Diploma studies, Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University
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Academic Appointments

1980 - 1985 Lecturer (adjunct), Tel-Aviv University
1990 - 1995 Senior Lecturer, The Open University of Israel
1994 - 1995 Senior Lecturer (adjunct), Tel-Aviv University
1995 - 2002 Associate Professor, The Open University of Israel
2002 Full Professor, The Open University of Israel
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Other Academic Positions

1986 - 1987 Visiting Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University
1993 - 1994 Visiting Scientist, The Weizmann Institute of Science
1995 - 1996 Consultant, The Weizmann Institute of Science
Summer 2002 Visiting Scientist, The Weizmann Institute of Science
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Professional Experience

1980 - The Open University of Israel
1980 - 1985 Developing courses in Mathematics
1985 - 1990
and
1994 - 1996
Coordinator, Computer Science team (equivalent to Department Head, for details see Appendix A).
1990 - 1993 Head, Academic Development Division (for details see Appendix A)
1996 - 1999 Head, Mathematics and Computer Science Department and Head, Computer Science Division
1999 - 2005 Vice President for Academic Affairs
2008 - 2009 Director, International Academic Outreach
2009 - 2012 Vice President for Academic Affairs
2012 Advisor to the President on Women’s and Gender Issues
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Research

After several years of research work on wave propagation and seismology, and after completing my M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies, I chose to turn to a different topic and concentrate on educational research in two of my favorite areas: the teaching of computer-integrated mathematics; and computer science education (for details see Appendix B).

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Awards

ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (2007)

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Supervision of Graduate Degrees

Ph.D. students Institution Submitted Co-supervisor
Ela Zur Tel Aviv University 2001 Prof. G. Zwas
Michal Armoni Tel Aviv University 2003 Prof. D. Tirosh
  
Master’s students Institution Submitted Co-supervisor
Ela Zur Tel-Aviv University 1990 Prof. G. Zwas
Tal Sharon Tel-Aviv University 1991 Prof. G. Zwas
Tammy Rosenthal The Hebrew University 1994 Prof. N. Ben-Zvi
Tamar Vilner The Hebrew University 1995 Prof. N. Ben-Zvi
Adital Zeldes The Hebrew University 1996 Prof. S. Viner
Dvir Lanzberg The Open University 2003  
Guy Salomon Tel-Aviv University 2006 Prof. E. Turkel
Shahbazian Tigran The Open University
(Final Paper)
2006  
Nissim Shaked The Open University
(Final Paper)
2009  
Yuval Carmel The Open University
(Final Paper)
2008  
Ronit Karlinsky The Open University
(Final Paper)
2008  
Yossi Rabbi The Open University
(Final Paper)
2009  
Leah Batt The Open University
(Final Paper)
2011  
Shocron Samuel The Open University
(Final Paper)
2012  
Shmuel Gross The Open University
(Final Paper)
2014  
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Teaching Experience, Tel-Aviv University

1968-1987 School of Mathematics:
  • Infinitesimal Calculus I, II, III (for engineers)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (for engineers)
  • Partial Differential Equations (for engineers)
  • Numerical Analysis (for engineers)
  • Complex Functions
1994-1995 School of Education:
  • Computer Science Education
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Course Development, The Open University of Israel

1980-1986 Math courses (writing and coordinating):
  • Infinitesimal Calculus III (with co-authors)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (with co-authors)
  • Numerical Analysis (with co-authors)
1984-1999 Computer Science courses (partial list; supervising the translation of books, preparation of study guides, rewriting and editing):
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Digital Design
  • Automata and Formal Languages
  • Operating Systems
  • Computability and Complexity
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Algorithmics
  • Topics in Computer Science Education
  • Two units for the high school curriculum:
       Computer Organization
       Computational Models
2005-2009 Computer Science courses: Rewriting (supervising the translation of books, preparation of study guides):
  • Digital Design
  • Algorithmics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
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Membership on Open University Committees

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National Professional Committees

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International Professional Boards

2005 - Member, advisory board, AMSA (Advanced Math and Science Academy, Charter School, Massachusetts)
2005 - 2008 International Director, Board of Directors, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
2008 - Advisory Council, Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Member and later Head of Research Committee, CSTA
Head of International Committee, CSTA
Member, Ad-hoc Teachers' Certification committee, CSTA
2008 - Advisory Council, CSTA
2008 - Advisory Council, CSTA
2008 - Member, Research Committee, CSTA
2013 - ACM's ISEF Award Committee.
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Editorial Boards

1992 - Member, editorial advisory board, Computers and Education
2005 - Member, editorial board, THEMES in Education
2011 - Associate Editor, Inroads - ACM Magazine
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Refereeing

Extensive refereeing for Communication of the ACM; International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology; Computers and Education

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Professional Societies

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List of Publications

Thesis and Dissertation

M.Sc. – Asymptotic Solution of Wave Propagation Problems in Slender Bodies of Revolution. Supervisor: B. Rulf

Ph.D. – The Displacement due to Wave Propagation from a Finite Source in a Layered Elastic Solid. Supervisor: F. Abramovitz

Invited Articles in Refereed Books

J. Gal-Ezer
“Will ODL undergo major changes in the next millennium?” In V. Venugopal Reddy and Manjulika, S. (eds.), Towards Virtualization: Open and Distance Learning, Kogan Page India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2002.

Z. Erlich, J. Gal-Ezer & D. Lupo
“Traditional Distance Education vs. Technology-Integrated Distance Education,” In L.C. Jain & R.J. Howlett (eds.), Intelligent Internet Based Teaching and Learning, Ch. 2, World-Scientific, 2002.

Z. Erlich, & J. Gal-Ezer
“The Open University of Israel – A Distance Education Institution”. In C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, P. L. Rogers and G. A. Berg (eds.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, US: Idea Group Reference, 2005.

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Articles in Refereed Journals

1981 Introduction to Differential Equations – with Prof. Eli Levin.
1981 Numerical Computation (adapted from the OU English version) – development coordinator.
1983-1986 Infinitesimal Calculus III – author of 6 units, and development coordinator.
Computer Science
1986 Introduction to Computer Science using Pascal (translation, adapted for distance learning) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1988 Numerical Computation (revised version for computer applications) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1988 Computer Organization and Programming (translation and study guide) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1988 Digital Design (translation and study guide) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1989 Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations (study guide) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1990 Prolog and Artificial Intelligence (study guide) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1990 Introduction to System Programming with C (study guide) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1991 Automata Theory and Formal Languages – rewriting and development coordinator.
1991 Algorithmics: The Foundations of Computer Science – development coordinator.
1998 Seminar: Topics in Computer Science Education – reader editing, study guide, teaching.
1998 Computational Models for High-School – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1999 Computer Organization for High-School – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
1999 Computer Organization and Programming (new revised version) – academic responsibility and development coordinator.
2000 Introduction to Computer Science (Using C++) – academic responsibility.
2002 Seminar: Topics in Computer Science Education (revised) – academic responsibility.
2008 Algorithmics: The Foundations of Computer Science – development coordinator of the updated study guide.
2008 Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms – a different new version based on a new edition of the textbook, academic responsibility and development coordinator.
2008 Digital Design – development coordinator of the updated study guide.
2014 Algorithmics: The Foundations of Computer Science – development coordinator of the updated course
2014 Topics in Computer Science Education (updated) – development
2014 Workshop – Pedagogical Aspects of Computer Science Education
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Appendix A

Coordinator, Computer Science team: This task included building up the field of computer science studies: designing curricula, developing courses, recruiting assistants and faculty, recruiting writers, engaging advisors, managerial responsibility of the development and instruction team, monitoring development and teaching, advising students, strengthening ties with colleges (in the field of computer science) and monitoring computer studies in these colleges.

Head, Academic Development Division: This included responsibility for the academic development of all subjects, managerial responsibility for course development teams (some 150 team members), initiating and concluding agreements with writers and advisors from the academic community, and more. The crowning point of my activities in this office was designing a curriculum for M.Sc. studies in Computer Science and its presentation to the Council for Higher Education. This was the first graduate program offered at the Open University of Israel.

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Appendix B

My research in computer-integrated mathematics centered on the computational aspects and an algorithmic approach to the teaching / learning of various topics in mathematics. The highlight of this research was the presentation of central mathematical subjects based on elementary knowledge only, and the use of the computer’s potential. The motto was that the best way to learn a subject is to teach it to someone else, and even better is to teach it to a computer. The originality of these studies is expressed, among other things, in the presentation of proofs other than existing ones, by means of simple mathematical tools, renouncing a certain measure of generality but without giving up the rigor of rules.

In what concerns computer science education I focus on research issues such as algorithmic thinking, the teaching of difficult and problematic subjects such as recursion, complexity and efficiency, misconceptions in computer science, reduction and non-determinism. In addition, I am involved in, and sometimes lead the development of, study programs at different levels (universities and secondary schools), in the development of study programs for teachers of computer science, etc.

While the above are still the main issues of my research, I recently also initiated and conducted studies related to the integration of technologies into distance education and computer science distance education in particular.

Even more recently, I have been interested in research issues concerning HCI - Human Computer Interface, and gender issues in relation to computer science studies.

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Appendix C

Our Subject and Curriculum Committee for Computer Studies in High School has designed a computer science study program for secondary schools and supervised the preparation of learning materials and the integration of the program into Israel’s education system. This program is considered worldwide as a breakthrough in the field of computer science curricula in high schools.

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