The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is part of Joint Forces Command and is responsible for post-graduate education and the majority of command, staff, leadership, defense management, acquisition and technology training for members of the UK Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants.
Its main site is located in Shrivenham, England, and serves as the current home of the United Kingdom ADL Partnership Center, which was formed in 2011. The activity of the Partnership Center is embedded within the Defence Technology Enhanced Learning (DTEL) team.
The DTEL team provides the MoD with a centralized resource for managing support and consultancy on existing and emerging learning technologies and on their exploitation for learning.
The DTEL team administers the current LMS for the MoD and is developing its replacement based on a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This includes running courses on e-learning development and on exploiting VLEs for learning. The team is also responsible for writing policy, guidance, and support documentation on the use of learning technologies within MoD.
The DTEL team provides a MoD focus for the coherence of learning technologies exploitation across the single services and acts as a joint sponsor for research related to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). It works closely with the Defence Training and Education Capability that currently focuses on exploiting modelling and simulation in support of capability acquisition, but with DTEL it is expanding its scope to cover learning technologies in support of training and education.
Jim Potts is the head of Training and Education (T&E) based in the headquarters of the Defence Academy of the UK and is the current Director of the UK ADL Partnership Center. He served in the Army as a Royal Engineer from 1980 until 2009.
After attending Staff College, he specialized in Defence Acquisition in ground maneuvers, though his last two roles were in the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre working on concepts development, NATO doctrine, and science and technology research, to include Global Strategic Trends; and in the Defence Capability Centre focusing on education on defense technologies.
In 2009 he left the Army and joined the Civil Service as the head of TEL for the Defence Academy as an OF5 (NATO grading), where the responsibilities of the post grew from an initial internal Defence Academy focus to the current pan-MoD and international focus. He took up his current post in 2004 and retains responsibility for the TEL team.
TEL AHd, Defence Academy
Shrivenham, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 8LA
Tel: +44 1793 314489