Earl Center Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Saturday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.| Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wheelock College or FLO/FLC institutional ID is required for entry one hour before closing.

What is the Earl Center?

The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation supports the academic and professional experience of the Wheelock community and serves as a resource for current and future educators, social workers, and child life professionals within Wheelock and across Boston. Together with the Library, we provide a rich, well-rounded set of resources for both research and practice.

Laptops and iPads available!

Not seeing enough computers?  That's because the Earl Center lends out Macbook Airs and iPads!  With the ready availability of outlets, you can get your work (or gaming!) done in many areas of the Earl Center. 

The Third Space

Colorful area rugs and soft furniture make this space a very informal and relaxed area to meet, study, and do small group work.

The Importance of Play

The Earl Center is a place to learn about and develop hands-on learning activities and to explore new educational materials and technologies.

A Center for Design Thinking

The Earl Center encourages a human-centered approach for finding creative solutions and developing new and innovative ideas.  Contact us for help setting up a design thinking exercise! 

Voices From the Students

Be sure and check out the Earl Center's Tumblr, featuring voices from students who work at and use the Earl Center.  The most recent post by Cayla Lemire, Wheelock '17, describes her process in designing and creating (on the Earl Center's 3D printer!) an automatic door button that is more suitable for service and guide dogs.

Yoga & Nonviolence

This free event, held at the Earl Center on 10/5 from 3-6pm, is special afternoon of spiritual activism. It includes a Live Music & Fearless Flow Yoga class led by Karen Kenney (music provided by Chris Lester) - followed by a talk and Q&A with Dan K. Owusu, a Ghanaian-born artist and filmmaker and Wheelock professor.  Learn more from this recent blog post.

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Earl Center in Action


Featured Item: OSMO Coding

A great little set with a number of coding blocks, it is designed to introduce coding to children.  The main character is our furry friend Awbie, who seems to be Bigfoot's little cousin. The player helps Awbie by using the coding blocks to move Awbie forward a space, to turn, to jump, to grab strawberries, and so forth. Pressing the "play" button gets Awbie started on the moves the player has designed - and then we find out if Awbie is successful or not!

Latest Post from View From the Earl Center:

Little Robot, Big Deal: A Review of Ozobot Bit

Image of the Ozobot Starter Kit's items: sheets, stickets, and cardsDesigned by electronics company Evollve, the Ozobot Bit is a palm-sized device that looks a little like a bon-bon, but you can dress it up with the tickers and chipboard decorations like ears and horns that it comes with. This little bot uses a micro USB based rechargeable LiPoly battery. Continue Reading

Contact Us

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Mare Parker O'Toole
Assistant Director, Earl Center for Learning & Innovation

Wheelock College Library
132 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215