Michael Steele is the project manager for the Duke Endowment funded project, Immersive Learning Environments at Duke. He has a BS in Computer Science from NC State University and spent 20 years in Information Technology at Bell Northern Research, Data General, and Nortel Networks managing international, multi-million dollar projects. As a PMI certified Project Management Professional, he has led projects in server virtualization, IT optimization, virtual world development, and large distributed application architectures. Michael is priming development and evaluation of virtual environments / serious games for healthcare: 3DiTeams (a virtual environment for team training based on the TeamSTEPPS framework- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3DiTeams), Immersive Learning Environments @ Duke (ILE@D – a virtual environment to enable situated cognition and student interaction), and a virtual environment for non-anesthesiology providers to practice the cognitive skills of rapid sequence induction and moderate sedation (funded by the Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center-TATRC). Areas of interest include optimizing the creation of virtual environment learning experiences and evaluating the impact of virtual environments on education.
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