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The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom is part of Joint Forces Command. Its purpose is to develop the intellectual edge needed for success on operations and leadership in government. It delivers courses designed to unlock the cognitive skills of its students to expand their intellectual horizons and capacity. Its portfolio of long and short courses covers leadership, command, strategy, science & technology, and business skills.

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.

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Mission

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 Moodle-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for the MoD. 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 Simulation Centre that focuses on exploiting modelling and simulation.

Leadership

Squadron Leader Gareth Bradley-Sessions leads the Defence Technology Enhanced Learning (DTEL) Research and Development (R&D) Team based in the Development Faculty in the Defence Academy of the UK and is the current Director of the UK ADL Partnership Centre.

Joining the Royal Air Force in 2000, Bradley-Sessions spent several years as a Combat Ready Aerospace Battle Manager and Space Operations Award Examiner before becoming a Royal Air Force Training and Education Specialist. This led to roles with the Joint Forward Air Control School, A6 (Comms Engineering) Force Training Officer and secondment with McKinsey Consultants. Bradley-Sessions joined the Defence Academy in 2018, leading the reestablished DTEL R&D Team, driving TEL coherency and innovation across Defence.

Contact

Address:
Hd T&E, Defence Academy
Shrivenham, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 8LA
United Kingdom

Phone:
Tel: +44 1793 785689

Email:
Gareth.Bradley-Sessions@da.mod.uk

Website:
http://www.da.mod.uk/
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/joint-forces-command/about