Mercyhurst’s Wheaton sought after for expertise in game-based learning

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Kristan Wheaton’s gaming skills have put Mercyhurst University on the pages of USA Today, featured him as a subject-matter expert in notable academic publications, and served as the impetus behind Mercyhurst being ranked among the nation’s “10 best colleges for game-based learning” by

A pioneer in game-based learning, largely as it applies to the teaching of intelligence, Wheaton was most recently quoted multiple times in the new textbook, “Game Interface Design” (2nd Edition).

Wheaton has presented his pedagogical approach at the Global Intelligence Forum in Dungarvan, Ireland, and the Game Education Summit at the University of Southern California. Most recently, he gave a presentation on “The Five Myths of Game-based Learning” at the American Association of University Professors annual conference in Washington, D.C.

His writings, however, are not restricted to game-based learning. His article, “Let’s Kill the Intelligence Cycle,” became the cover story for a recent issue of SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) magazine. And his article, “The Revolution Begins on Page 5: The Changing Nature of NIEs,” was published in a recent edition of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Most recently, Wheaton authored a book review essay, “How to do intelligence analysis: A review of some of the literature,” in the American Intelligence Journal.

An associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst, Wheaton is also the author of a popular blog among intelligence professionals: Sources & Methods (
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