Dr. Vierling provides an overview of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Training and Education Command (TECOM) Future Learning Group (FLG) and TECOM science and technology (S&T) initiatives. The FLG’s mission is to seek and assess innovative methods and technologies in order to enhance Marine Corps learning. Therefore, this presentation discusses USMC TECOM priorities and challenges that led to the creation of the FLG, the FLG’s role, and current initiatives. The presentation addresses the USMC Training and Education S&T Objectives, TECOM’s S&T lines of effort, and collaboration with partner organizations. She discusses efforts that will assist future instructor development, training simulation realism and interoperability, adaptive learning technologies at the point of need, and learning assessment. Finally, Dr. Vierling discusses how prospective partners could learn more and potentially collaborate in future efforts.
Dr. Kendy Vierling is the Director of the Future Learning Group (FLG) at the United States Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM). She leads TECOM Science and Technology (S&T) efforts and serves as Special Staff advising the Commanding General, TECOM. She provides TECOM with S&T, human performance, human factors engineering, assessment, and learning science expertise. Her work focuses on the development of innovative methodologies, science, and technologies to enhance military learning, resilience, and human performance. In 2016, she was selected as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Service Chiefs Fellow. Dr. Vierling earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 2005 and 2001, respectively. She completed the interdisciplinary Exercise Science program with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology, focusing on social-psychological and psychophysiological factors of human performance. She earned B.A. degrees in Advertising and Psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1999.