Developing the Classroom of the Future: SNHU’s Approach to High Touch High Tech
  • Faby Gagne

    Founding Executive Director of Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Faby M. Gagné, Ph.D. is the founding Executive Director of SNHU Labs, the Research and Development unit at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She oversees a team committed to surfacing the requirements needed to build the 2030 learner-centered ecosystem by experimenting with emerging technology and new learning models. She joined SNHU in 2015 as the Institutional Research Analyst for College for America, the university’s competency-based program, after 15 years of teaching and engaging in research.
    Faby holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from McGill University. Her teaching career began in 2001 at Marianopolis College located in the heart of Montreal. This was followed by a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship and visiting scholar position at Wellesley College where she examined personality differences and social support in goal pursuit strategies.
    In 2015, she was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award by the University System of New Hampshire. She was recently recognized as a New Hampshire Innovator by the Union Leader and her team’s innovative work has received several awards. Her academic work on decision-making and goal implementation won the Society of Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award, was recognized by the John Templeton Foundation and the Canadian Psychological Association, was published in top-tier journals such as the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and was featured in the New Yorker and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    The work has been supported by Google.org, the Hewlett Foundation, the March of Dimes Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche (FCAR).
  • Seth Corrigan

    Senior Director of Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Seth Corrigan is a Senior Director with SNHU Labs. His formal training is in measurement science with a focus on designing and developing digital learning applications, measures, psychometric modeling and machine learning. He has experience leading design and development of traditional and automated assessment systems for national markets, and a successful track record designing and developing measures for complex and challenging constructs; examples include a range of soft skills, complex problem solving, collaboration and written argumentation. Over the last decade he has designed and developed several digital games and simulations that utilize machine learning and psychometrics to simultaneously teach and assess, as well as an AI driven embodied tutor for mathematics with automated gesture and speech.
    From 2014 – 2016 he was a member of the Embodied Design Research Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2016-2018 Seth was a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Creativity Lab. He is currently a fellow with the Tandon School of Engineering’s GovLab at New York University, identifying means to support public participation in design of measures of 21st Century and soft skills. His work has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Hewlett Foundation, the Google Foundation, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as the Carnegie Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. His most recent publication is a report for USAID on simulation and game-based technologies for supporting and measuring civic engagement in new democracies.
  • Aysegul Askan

    Assistant Director of AI Solutions at Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Aysegul Askan is the Assistant Director of AI Solutions at SNHU Labs. She primarily works on designing, developing and, testing prototypes involving machine learning and artificial intelligence to help the university understand the requirements needed for the future learning environment. She brings in technical and applied expertise in AI/ML working with both internal and external stakeholders. Her work in the projects involves all steps of an AI/ML project cycle such as conceptualizing the possible solutions, data gathering and processing, model building and evaluation of the solution.
    She joined SNHU in August 2019 after working in AI/ML domain for 8 years in the industry ranging from banking and telecommunication to cybersecurity. Her experience is in designing, developing, and deploying AI/ML enabled software solutions to apply the state-of-the-art research in production ready systems.
    She holds a BSc. degree in Mathematical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, a MSc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Koc University, and a MSc. degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning from Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Jordan Suhr

    Associate Producer at Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Jordan Suhr is an Associate Producer with the SNHU Labs team. His role involves elements of project management, vendor management, design thinking, and QA testing. He particularly has experience working in technical development contexts including leading scrum meetings, managing development sprints, and knowing the basics of digital product development.
    He was a member of the LRNG team, brought in by SNHU in 2018. There, he supported the development of several game-based assessments like Crisis in Space as well as product development for the LRNG platform. His prior experience is in digital publishing with two video game industry giants, Sony PlayStation and Electronic Arts.
    He graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Music degree and has notable personal experience with video editing, sound editing, and art design.
  • Alan Mendonca

    Innovation Analyst at Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Alan Mendonca is an Innovation Analyst with the SNHU Labs team. His role is to help develop, test, and project manage new initiatives.
    He was responsible for the user testing the 3 VR learning experiences and helping test the learning efficacy of the virtual reality experience. Alan has also worked on event activation ideas and strategies for the Google Grant project, helping prepare pop-up events to invite opportunity youth in the Boston area to participate in a digital badging research study.
    Additionally, he is also working with the team on developing an oral communication assessment, aiding in the research efforts of a natural language processing tool. He has a passion for research and growing expertise in the emerging technology field.
    Alan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Bradley 3Year Honors) and Master’s of Science in Business Management w/ Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
  • Sanghoon Bae

    Professor in the Department of Education at Sungkyunkwan University

    Sang Hoon Bae is Professor at the Department of Education and Vice President for student affairs in the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). Before joining in the faculty, he served as Assistant Secretary to the President for Education in the Office of the President. Professor Bae also has sixteen-year experience in the Korean Ministry of Education. He has held positions in various parts of the Ministry, including Director in the International Cooperation Team and in the After-school Policy Planning Team. He completed both Ph. D. and MS degree in Workforce Education and Development (WFED) from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2006 and 2004, respectively and earned a BA in Ethics Education from the Seoul National University in Korea. His current research interests focus on education reform policy, student success in higher education, and human resources development (HRD) at the national level. He is editor in chief of International Journal for Research on Extended Education. His recent publications appear in many internationally recognized journals.
  • Cat Flynn

    Director of Learning Science at Southern New Hampshire University Labs

    Cat Flynn, Ed.M., is the Director of Learning Science at SNHU Labs. Cat helps develop and test new learning solutions to help the university understand the requirements needed to support the future learner and envision the classroom of the future. She joined SNHU in 2014 as an instructional designer at Global Campus, SNHU’s online division, and held multiple roles spanning the training and development of instructional designers to assuring instructional design quality.
    In 2017, she was proud to be part of a SNHU team that won a Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium in recognition of innovative use of digital courseware in an online course design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Science from Harvard College, a Master of Education degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University.