Innovations in Learning Seminar

Guest Speaker Bios

Dr. Srini Pillay


Dr. Srini Pillay

 The Science of Possibility

Harvard University and the NeuroBusiness Group

Dr. Srini Pillay is the CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, a company that specializes in developing transformational leaders, voted one of the Top 20 “movers and shakers” in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He is a Harvard-Trained psychiatrist, experienced brain-researcher and certified master executive coach who combines his experience in all three fields to develop custom approaches to help senior leadership teams enhance strategic speed by enhancing leader confidence and resilience, facilitating change, enhancing agility, and boosting productivity and creativity.

Dr. Terry Doyle


Dr. Terry Doyle

 The New Science of Learning

Professor Emeritus, Ferris State University and CEO, Learner Centered Teaching Consultants

Dr. Terry Doyle is an author, nationally recognized educational consultant and Professor Emeritus from Ferris State University where he worked for 38 years. From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teach and Learning at Ferris State.

His newest book published in August 2013, co-authored with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is titled The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your Brain and is written for college and high school students. It has been described as breaking new ground in helping students understand how learning happens and suggest a new paradigm for how students should prepare themselves for learning. The book was a finalist for the 2013 USA Best Book Award in the category or Education/Academics.

John Schwartz


John Schwartz

 Innovations in Higher Education


John Schwartz founded EventQuest Middle East, the full-service experiential design and event marketing agency, with business partner Mark Veeder. John is a global business development specialist, senior sales executive, and marketing leader with over 20 years of experience delivering technology, digital products and complex brand and experiential marketing engagements to Fortune 500 enterprises and government entities around the world.

John’s key focus is on client value in conjunction with creative thinking. He has built strong relationships with a diverse group of clients that includes Masdar, ENEC, UPC, Mercedes-Benz, Liz Claiborne, Lipitor, Sanofi, Condé Nast, Samsung, Chase, Chrysler, Citigroup and Dyson.

Dr. Jordan Shapiro


Dr. Jordan Shapiro

Applied Innovation: Creating an Engaging Online Learning Experience

Temple University

Dr. Jordan Shaprio’s background is in the psychology of Carl Jung and the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and has expertise in game-based learning and digital play.

Besides teaching at Temple, Jordan is senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where he coordinates research and advocacy around digital technology and playful education. His Forbes' column on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture has been read by over 5 million people around the world.

Jordan is an internationally celebrated speaker and consultant whose perspective combines psychology, philosophy, mythology and economics in unexpected ways. Shapiro works as a consultant for the United States Air Force and Thomas Edison State University. He is also a member of Teach For All's Global Advisory Council and has been an expert adviser to UNESCO and the World Economic Forum. His forthcoming book, The New Childhood: How Kids Can Live, Learn, and Love in a Connected World, will be published by Little, Brown, and Company in early 2019. 

Dan Blickensderfer


Dan Blickensderfer

Putting Possibilities into Practice

Director, Learning Engineering, Southern New Hampshire University

Dan Blickensderfer is an educator, instructional designer, academic technologist, and technical communication professional with experience in both higher education and industry, creating and delivering quality curriculum, technical content, and technology training.

He is skilled at developing collaborative teams, creating and maintaining competency- and project-based curriculum, and providing educational technology testing, training, documentation, and technical support to higher education faculty and staff.

Louis Soisson


Louis Soisson

Platforms for Personalized Learning, Informal Learning, and Curation

Louis is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Degreed and has over 20 years of experience in the Corporate Talent and Learning Development Industry with Enterprise Software Solutions including Learner Experience Platforms (LXP), Learning Management Systems (LMS), Collaboration Software, Online Content, Custom Development and Professional Services. He focuses on managing and growing existing partnerships and the development of new strategic partners.

 Prior to Degreed, Louis worked for Skillsoft, NETg and Gartner Group. Louis lives in Fairhope AL.

Dr. Michael Eagle


Dr. Michael Eagle

Learning Analytics

Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Dr. Michael Eagle is an evaluation expert who earned his PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Dr. Eagle’s main area of research is focused on deriving insight about human behavior using data-driven methods and using that insight to create new and better systems.  His specific focus is on complex interactive environments, such as video games and intelligent tutoring systems.

Michael is well versed in running and designing human-subject experiments, as well as data mining/machine learning experiments.

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