James E. Folkestad, Ph.D.

James Folkestad, OPC FacultyJames Folkestad is an associate professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University (CSU) and a faculty member within the Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (OLPC) Program.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development (EHRD) from Texas A&M in 1996. He is dedicated to the scientific investigation of how technology can be used to enhance learning, training, and innovative practice. His research has included the use of rapid visualization and prototyping technology to accelerate learning, collaboration, and production in both the manufacturing and construction fields. He is currently working to characterize serious game (video game) and player variables that impact the strength and persistence of training and learning for the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA). In addition, he is the Director of the Analytics for Learning and Teaching (ALT) academic center at CSU, a group of faculty and administrators dedicated to advancing the use of analytics to drive teaching and learning innovation.

James continues to consult with organizations on the use of technology for training and the potential use of electronic data and analytics for increasing the strength and persistence of training effects. He has authored over 30 peer reviewed research articles and his research has appeared in scholarly publications such as Advances in Developing Human Resources, Journal of Science Education and Technology, and Simulation and Gaming.