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Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative
The Norway ADL Partnership Center, formed in 2008, is part of the Norwegian Defense University College (NoDUC) /ADL section and is located at the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway. Since 2018, the NoDUC consists of the Institute of Military Operations (IMO), Institute of Defense Studies (IDS), Army War College, Airforce Military Academy, Naval Military Academy, Defense Engineer College, and the Defense Junior Officers Training School. It is the ADL section’s main task to support all departments within the NoDUC with the transformation to digital learning and the use of ADL. The ADL Section is also tasked to support all other Defense schools and training centers. The NoDUC ADL section is also a part of the NORDEFCO ADL Forum of experts (www.nordicadl.com) and NATO Training Group (NTG) Task Group (TG) IT/ED.
The Norwegian Defence ADL Office (NoD-ADL-O) is responsible for the development, procurement, implementation, and evaluation of ADL Initiative products in Norwegian Armed Forces.
Since 2001, the ADL Initiative office has coordinated the development of approximately 20 e-learning courses. The NoD-ADL-O seeks to enhance the armed forces’ ADL Initiative capability and quality through national and international cooperation with organizations such as governmental organizations, the ADL Initiative, the ADL Partnership Centers and Co-Labs, and NATO Training Group (NTG), NATO ACT, and International Defence ADL counterparts. The Norwegian ADL Partnership Center concentrates on these areas:
Methodology for development and procurement of ADL
Pedagogy in all areas of ADL
Relevant tools for development and use of ADL
Learning portals and Web 2.0
Standardization, SCORM®, S1000D
Evaluation of ADL
ADL Initiative support to the NoD Staff College
NoD University College also hosts the annual NoD ADL Conference in May, a conference that is open to all national and international partners.
Cmdr. Geir Isaksen is the Head of R&D/XO at the Norwegian Defense ADL Office and is the main point of contact for the NoD ADL Partnership Center. Cmdr. Isaksen’s main areas of focus are ADL Initiative R&D, development of e-learning, simulator training pedagogy, standards and specifications, Defence ADL regulations, and NATO Training Group projects. He is the current Chairman of NATO Training Group Working Group on Individual Training and Education Developments (NTG WG IT/ED) subgroup.
Cmdr. Isaksen has worked in the field of the ADL Initiative since 2001. Before that he served on Norwegian submarines for six years. He graduated from Vestfold University College in 1998 as a Maritime Electro-engineer and has completed further education within adult pedagogy, crew resource management, project management, and learning styles. He also worked at the Norwegian Navy Submarine School as a head instructor in the ULA-class submarine simulator in Bergen for two years.
Oslo Mil/Akershus Fortress