Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
Assistant Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Phone: 617-636-0438 Cell: 781-330-9456
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/lisagualtieri
Blog on health: http://lisagualtieri.com

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She teaches courses on Online Consumer Health and Social Media and Health, and runs a Summer Institute on Web Strategies for Health Communication. She was awarded a grant to study the use of social media in medical school courses from the Innovations in Education program at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gualtieri founded and spent ten years as editor-in-chief of eLearn magazine, published by the ACM. She writes a blog at http://lisagualtieri.com and is on twitter. Dr. Gualtieri earned a PhD in computer science from Harvard University.


Wendy Williams, BSN, M. Ed.

Associate Director Master of Science, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (MS PREP)
Certificate Program Pain Research,
Education and Policy (CPREP)
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Tel: 617.636.0815
Fax: 617.636.4017

Wendy L. Williams is a seasoned higher education administrator with a Masters degree in Education focused on adult learning. She is currently the Associate Director for the Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP) graduate program at Tufts University School of Medicine and is instrumental in getting distance learning options available to future students of the PREP program.

Advisory Board:


Saul Carliner, Concordia University

Saul Carliner is Director of the Education Doctoral Program and an associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal. His research interests include emerging forms of online learning and communication for the workplace, the management of groups that produce these materials, and the transfer of research to practice. His the author of 8 books, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, board member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, and a fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.

MerkelChristine Merkel, UNESCO, Head of Division for Culture and Memory of the World, German Commission for UNESCO

Historian and Psychologist, expert in international relations in arts and culture, professional facilitator and moderator. Executive Co-ordinator of the Federal Coalition for Cultural Diversity. Since 2009, Chair of the Steering Committee for Culture, Council of Europe. She is a social scientist with over twenty years of international professional experience in policy analysis, project management and human development, advising government and Parliament.

donDon Norman, Nielsen Norman Group, KAIST (Daejeon, S. Korea), IDEO Fellow

I am serving on both the company board of directors and the advisory board for the Nielsen Norman group, advising on management structure, business models, marketing, and design, the better to produce enjoyable and effective products and services. I am an author of many books. I teach at KAIST, in Daejeon, South Korea and I am Professor emeritus at both the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Northwestern University. I'm also an IDEO Fellow and a trustee of IIT's Institute of Design (in Chicago).

Editorial Board

ChadiaChadia Abras, Program Director of Distance Education at Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Technology in Education.

Dr. Abras has a BA in Linguistics and Modern Languages and an MA in French Literature, her Doctoral Program was in Educational Technology, Distance Learning and Technology Application in Instructional Settings, from the University of Maryland. She has taught French from 1986 until 2004. She has worked as Director of Distance Education since 2005. Her expertise is in online learning communities, guidelines for success in e-learning communities, and educational technology. She has conducted research and published on heuristics of success for online communities of interest, online learning communities, and distance learning best practices. She also is the author and co-author of book chapters on online communities, distance learning, and user-centered designs.

Rovy-squaredRovy Branon, Associate Dean, Outreach and e-Learning Extension, Department of Learning Innovation, University of Wisconsin

Rovy Branon is also adjunct faculty member in the Instructional Systems Technology department at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to his appointment with UW, he led an instructional design team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. He has more than 18 years of instructional media and learning technology development experience in corporate, higher education, and not-for-profit settings. Rovy holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University with a major in Instructional Systems Technology and a minor in Human-computer Interaction. He is a regular speaker at many training and education conferences covering a range of topics including: learning technology, training organization effectiveness, and instructional design trends.

JEFfJeff Cobb, Managing Director at Tagoras; Speaker and Writer at www.jeffthomascobb.com

Jeff Cobb is managing director at Tagoras. Tagoras helps organizations in the business of continuing education maximize the reach, revenue, and impact of their offerings. Jeff Cobb is co-author, along with futurist David Houle, of ShiftEd: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, Jeff Cobb has more than a decade's experience as an entrepreneur, executive, and marketing professional in the field of Web technology and education. I have served on the Professional Development Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives and am an adviser to Philantech, provider of the PhilanTrack™ online grant proposal. Jeff Cobb blogs weekly at http://www.tagoras.com/blog (for organizations) and http://www.missiontolearn.com (for individual lifelong learners).

GwendolynGwendolyn Kolfschoten, Assistant Professor “Collaboration Engineering”, Section Systems Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology

Gwendolyn L. Kolfschoten is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on how teams, experts or stakeholders can effectively collaborate, and use collaboration support tools, in problem solving tasks. She is an experienced facilitator of Group Support System workshops and sessions, having worked with numerous public and private organizations. Her current research focuses on cognitive perspectives on collaboration effectiveness, and implications for the design of collaboration support systems. She also works in several projects on the design of intelligent collaboration support systems, and worked on Collaboration Engineering and the thinkLet concept to capture patterns in effective collaborative effort. She has organized successful minitracks and tutorials at HICSS for the past five years, and organized the GDN 2010 conference in Delft. She was also a program chair for CRIWG 2010. Her research has been presented at e.g. HICSS, CRIWG, AMCIS, and GDN conferences and has been published in the Journal of Management Information Systems, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Journal of the AIS, Computers and Education, and Group Decision and Negotiation

markMark Notess, Manager, Teaching and Learning Systems Development, Digital Library Program, Indiana University

Mark Notess manages teaching and learning systems development in the Digital Library Program at Indiana University. Previously, he was Director of User Experience at Unext.com, eLearning Portal Program Manager at Agilent Technologies, and also filled a variety of development, management, and user experience rules at Hewlett-Packard. He consults and speaks on user experience and learning technology topics through Very There Consulting. He holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and masters degrees in both computer science and education from Virginia Tech. His expertise is in ethnographic and other user research methods, usability evaluation, multimedia digital libraries, and user experience design of online learning systems.

PeterPeter Shea, Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts

Peter Shea received his MA in English education in 1993 and a graduate certificate in instructional design in 2004 from the University of South Florida. He has been involved in using the web as an educational tool since the late 1990s. For five years he worked as an editor/web master for the University of South Florida's College of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology. Currently he works as a instructional designer for Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts. He has a particular interest in the educational uses of virtual worlds, serious games, and 3D tools. He served as a game judge for the 2011 Serious Play conference and co-authored, with colleagues from Middlesex, a chapter in the book, Transforming Virtual World Learning (Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education) by Randy Hinrichs and Charles Wankel.

MelanieStJamesMelanie St James, Manager Design and Usability Services, Tufts University

Melanie St. James has been working at the intersection of design, technology and education since 2002, when she joined Tufts' Educational and Scholarly Technology group (ESTS). Melanie co-chaired the Tufts Distance Learning Consortium (2009-2011), and has presented numerous times at Nercomp (North East Regional Computing Program), on the topics of usability, new models of collaborations, and tools for managing and teaching with images. Melanie holds a Master's Degree in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.