Earl Innovation Day at Wheelock

Dr. Nadda DabbaghSave the Dates for Earl Innovation Days 2016:

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016

Our 2016 Earl Innovation Days will feature Dr. Nada Dabbagh, director of learning technologies at George Mason University.

Hosted by Wheelock's Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, Earl Innovation Day is a twice-a-year event designed to explore the trends and issues that are reshaping the world of higher education. Each event includes presentations and discussions  featuring leading minds from the worlds of technology, education, and learning.

Wheelock's Earl Center for Learning and Innovation is where innovative technology can be used for creating and implementing learning experiences, where the inventive spirit is fostered into a practiced skill, a space to explore new technology and familiar materials and invent new uses for them, and where faculty and students can share and discover the possibilities of the 21st century classroom together.

Innovation Days are free, but please reserve your spot by contacting Rachel Woodring at rwoodring@wheelock.edu or 617-879-2196.

2016 Schedules


8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast
9-10am: Keynote Speaker: Earl Consultant, Dr. Nada Dabbagh, Learning Technologist, George Mason University
What do Wheelock students and faculty members want and need from technology?
10am-noon: Workshop 1: Instructional Design Features to Course Conversions: Heather Tillberg-Webb, PhD, Associate Provost Academic Technology and eLearning, Lesley University
noon- 1pm: Lunch and Interactive Display Time (3-D printer and other hands-on technological tools to play with arranged by Mare Parker O'Toole, Assistant Director of the Earl Center)
1-2:45pm: A Showcase of Faculty Innovation Leaders: Sharing of Best Practices
2:45-3pm: Break: Coffee/Tea and afternoon snacks
3-4pm: External Speaker: Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island: The Need for Technological Innovation in Course Design in Higher Education
4-4:30pm: Question & Answer and Defining Next Steps

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

8:30-9am: Continental Breakfast
9-11:30am: Faculty work with (3) Instructional Designers to: 1) Create model for Graduate Certificate Program in Children's APP Design and/or 2) Bring existing course content and certificate program content to Instructional Designers who will help convert to online formats.
11:30-noon: Closing Remarks, "Advancing Wheelock's Future through Technological Innovation: Next Steps," with Dr. Nada Dabbagh and Dr. Linda Banks-Santilli


The Inaugural 2015 Earl Innovation Day

Earl Innovation Day 2015Wheelock hosted the first Earl Innovation Day on March 5, 2015. This inaugural event included presentations on how colleges "thrive" in this new environment, the changing nature of earning a reputation and building a brand, new academic approaches including competency based models and changes in the classroom, as well as a highlight of what is happening in new hands-on learning environments such as maker spaces.

Please join the Facebook Event

See photos of the Inaugural Earl Innovation Day


Keynote: Joanne Soliday, 11 AM, "Surviving to Thriving," A Framework for Innovative Approaches in Higher Ed.


  • Dr. William Sharp, 12:15 PM, Carried Kicking and Screaming: Innovation in the Classroom
  • Jeremi Karnell, 1:00 PM, Too Much Face, Not Enough Books! What the Facebook Generation Expects of Educators Marketing to Them
  • Barbara Joseph, 2:00 PM, Building a Competency Based Program in Education

Meet the Speakers

Joanne SolidayJoanne Soliday
Founding Partner and Owner at Credo

Joanne Soliday has spent more than 35 years in private higher education. A first-generation college student at West Virginia Wesleyan College, she received a bachelor's degree in education. She also holds a M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC - Chapel Hill) in special education, and pursued graduate studies at Duke Divinity School. During an 18-year tenure at Elon College (now Elon University), Joanne threw her passion into developing the Elon Fellows programs and Elon experiences, heightening alumni engagement, and developing the Elon Society. Joanne's time at Elon represented a crucial period of growth and transformation of the college into a nationally acclaimed university. Joanne then returned to her alma mater, West Virginia Wesleyan College, to serve as the vice president for external relations. Her experience with and belief in private colleges and universities steered Joanne to consulting, where she founded Credo, then Performa Higher Education, with President Tom Gavic, and has spent the last 15 years working with more than 200 private colleges and universities.

Joanne is the author of "Surviving to Thriving" which details a pathway that will enable higher education institutions to foster resilience and reinvention while maintaining the core commitment to educate citizens for the common good.

Dr. William SharpDr. William Sharp
Faculty Wheelock and Northeastern Part Time/Psychoanalyst

Dr. William Sharp was a high school social studies teacher before pursuing his graduate degrees in the mental health field. As a teacher he became interested in why some students learn and some did not. This interest in the individual's mind brought him to the study of psychology and eventually psychoanalysis.

In addition to Wheelock, he teaches at Northeastern University and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is the director of the School-Based counseling program at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, which works with Boston area schools to provide individual and group counseling.

Jeremi KarnellJeremi Karnell
Partner & CMO at PTT Capital | PTTResearch.com

Jeremi Karnell has over 18 years of experience in CEO, president, and CMO roles in companies ranging from early-stage businesses to the Fortune 500, and has expertise in marketing, professional services, and digital product innovation and development.

Karnell is a serial entrepreneur and has founded 4 companies, including one which he scaled to more than $100M in gross revenue and over 200 employees across the globe. He has significant business expertise in operating and scaling professional services firms and has helped run significant operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Presently, Karnell is a partner in PTT Research, an online investment research service for retail investors. He also is the CEO of beeha.us a content marketing strategy consultancy. In late 2013, Jeremi sold a start-up he co-founded, called OfferGraph, to PolyGraph Media in Austin, TX. OfferGraph was an early-stage multitenant SAAS platform that allows brands to identify, connect with, and monetize relationships with key influencers and their social networks. He helped acquire OfferGraph's core IP and team from Harvard University, which was beta testing with major social networks such as LinkedIn.

Prior to this, Karnell was Founder and President of One to One Interactive. He played a major role in establishing the firm's position as an industry leader in online customer insight, customer activation, and cultivation solutions. the United States.

Barbara JosephBarbara Joseph
Learning Solutions Program Manager at the Aspire Institute at Wheelock College

Barbara Joseph joined Aspire in December 2010 as STEP Project Manager for a NASA-funded grant. She successfully managed the development and rollout of high-quality online math and science courses to in-service elementary teachers. Her role as Learning Solutions Program Manager allows her to push the envelope in innovative ways for delivering professional development to teachers with an eye always towards process improvement. As a two-time recipient of the Silvia Earl Award, Barbara has co-developed and rolled out the STEM Activity App to over 2500 users (and counting!). The STEM Activity App is a website application that provides STEM activities to families, teachers, and students in grades three to five.

Prior to joining Aspire, she spent over 20 years of her career in high technology, specifically software localization. She has held various positions from software engineer, director of technical services, vice president of operations. She has a strong interest in math and has tutored math in multiple grade levels. As an early advisor to TenMarks Education, an online supplemental math program, Joseph was involved in consulting on the design and content of the program and website.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Computer Science and French and a minor in Mathematics from Boston College. She also earned her Entrepreneurial Management Certificate from Babson College.

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