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Arizona State University

The Arizona State University (ASU) ADL Partnership Lab networks to faculty and students from a number of units around ASU interested in advancing learning and human performance support. The lab is led by faculty from The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which provides a link to engineering specialties such as Aviation, Informatics, Human Systems Engineering, and Software Engineering.

In 2017, U.S. News and World Report listed ASU at the top of its “most innovative schools” list for the third year in a row. ASU is also ranked as one of the top military-friendly schools.


The ASU ADL Partnership Lab’s primary focus is exploratory learning environments, which are more task- than content-oriented. This includes learning that takes place in simulated environments, context-aware performance support, and just-in-time learning to support on-the-job performance of individuals and teams. The lab is looking to a future that moves beyond the traditional training “course.” It is looking towards a new paradigm for learning that is lifelong and integrates with everything we do.

Core Capabilities

The Lab seeks partners for collaborative research related to training and performance improvement, and can connect them with a range of researchers from ASU’s diverse and award winning faculty.

The research areas we can support are:

Applied Learning Technologies

  • Performance-based simulation environments
  • Game-based learning
  • Virtual worlds with pedagogical agents (virtual humans)
  • Dynamic digital textbooks

Human Systems Approach to Learning

  • Cognitive task analysis to guide learning content
  • Designing for learning
  • Usability evaluation of learning systems
  • Biometric sensing for assessing learner states

Supporting Individualized and Collaborative learning

  • Natural language learning environments
  • Learning analytics
  • Collaboration and team-based learning

In addition, the lab can connect external researchers to ISTL’s evaluation service, which can operate as an independent external evaluator on learning-related research.


Photo of Dr. Scotty Craig

Dr. Scotty D. Craig is an Associate Professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and Director of the DoD Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative Partnership Laboratory at Arizona State University. He has a dual affiliation with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Dr. Craig has expertise within the Learning Engineering area at the intersection of cognitive science, design science, and the science of learning (specifically the development and evaluation of learning technology). His goal is to provide cutting-edge research, which provides solutions to real-world problems within education and training. Education: Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (Cognitive), University of Memphis.


ASU ADL Partnership Lab
7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Santa Catalina Hall, Suite 150
Mesa, AZ 85212-6415

Tel: (480) 965-3292


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