Nancy E. Willard has a B.S. in Elementary Education (University of Utah,
1975), a M.S. in Special Education (University of Oregon, 1977), and
a Doctor of Jurisprudence (Willamette University College of Law, 1983).
She taught children with behavior difficulties and practiced law in
areas of computer law and copyright before focusing her professional
attention on issues of children's behavior, technology, and schools.
In 1998, Willard
became associated with the Center for Advanced Technology in Education
at the University of Oregon, College of Education. She is the Director
of Responsible Netizen, a program that seeks to develop and disseminate
effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge,
decision-making skills, motivation, and self-control to behave in a
safe, responsible, legal, and ethical manner when using information
technologies. Willard has received two National Science Foundation grants.
The first grant investigates how high school students make decisions
about ethical use of the Internet. The second grant provided funds to
coordinate a workshop with other researchers and practitioners to develop
a recommended research agenda addressing issues of the social dimensions
of the use of interactive technologies by young people. Willard has
published a report on the results on this workshop entitled Social
Dimensions of the Use of Interactive Technologies by Young People: A
In 1995, Willard
published Legal and Ethical Issues Related to K-12 Internet Use Policies.
This document has become a widely recognized resource for educators.
The most recent version of this document has just been published in
the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (Volume
2000, No. 2). Willard frequently lectures and conducts workshops for
educators on policies and practices to help young people engage in safe
and responsible use of the Internet. Willard was asked to testify before
the Children's Online Protection Act Commission and the National Research
Council Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for Protecting Kids
from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Appropriate Internet
Content on educational strategies to address concerns of children's
access to inappropriate material and people.
Willard has assisted
many school districts and regional education service districts in the
State of Oregon develop their technology plans. Her document, Effective
Technology Planning for the Technology Literacy Challenge, provides
the basis for districts and schools to engage in ongoing, accountable
technology planning and implementation in accord with the requirements
of the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communication Commission's
Willard serves on
the Advisory Committee for the Cybercitizen Partnership, a joint
program of the Information Technology Association of America and the
U.S. Department of Justice that seeks to promote responsible use of
the Internet. Willard also serves on the Advisory Committee for the
Center for Media Education's New Media, Children, and Youth: A Research
and Public Education Initiative and participates in a research collaborative
addressing Technology and Identity with Sherry Turkle at the MIT.
Willard is the author
of a new book entitled Computer Ethics, Etiquette, and Safety for
the 21st Century Student. This book is published by the International
Society for Technology in Education. Willard is also the author of Supporting
the Safe and Responsible Use of the Internet: A Children's Internet
Protection Act Planning Guise, which is available online at http://netizen.uoregon.edu/documents/cipa.html.