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United Kingdom

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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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.


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 Centre. He served in the Army as a Royal Engineer from 1980 until 2009.

After attending Staff College, he specialized in Defence Acquisition in ground manoeuvre; although his last two roles were in the Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre working on concepts development, NATO doctrine, and science and technology research (including Global Strategic Trends), and in the Defence Capability Centre focusing on education on defence 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 2014.


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

Tel: +44 1793 785689