Mark Oehlert is a perpetual student, gamer, technologist and learning enthusiast. In April of 2005 he joined the Masie Center to work on several new projects including the X-Learn Lab and Learning 2005. Prior to coming to the Masie Center, Mark was employed by the consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton as part of its Learning Team. Mark also worked for more than five years supporting the Department of Defense's Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative, serving last as the ADL Co-Lab's deputy director for communications. Mark is also the publisher of an email newsletter and a blog, both of which focus on the intersection of learning and technology. Mark's undergraduate degree (West Georgia College) is in management, his master's (Oregon State University) is in history and anthropology, and he has done doctoral work in American history at American University in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a second master's degree (Boise State University) in instructional performance technology. Mark was also one of the first recipients of a research grant from the MASIE Center and is continuing that research on the future of e-learning.
Romulus and Remus or Castor and Pollux: A Discourse on the Twinned Industries of Learning and Gaming
This symposium will focus on facilitating a discussion of how two industries - one focused on learning and training and one focused on game development - can begin to establish both cognitive and corporate bridges and the roles that academics and researchers who have served both these markets can again serve as translators and interlocutors. It will feature speakers with deep backgrounds in both camps who have all begun traversing this gap in one way or another. Learn from their mistakes and success and help plot future efforts.