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Distributed Learning Policy and Guidance

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Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.26 establishes policies for distributed learning, including responsibilities, procedures, and reporting requirements for developing, managing, providing, and evaluating distributed learning for military and civilian personnel.

The Challenge

Distributed learning can provide an affordable, effective, and convenient way to provide education and training. However, distributed learning products and services vary widely, including the way they communicate, store content, and handle learner data. Interoperability among DoD distributed learning technologies and systems is lacking. Policy guidance is needed to ensure distributed learning acquisitions can support an interoperable future learning ecosystem which focuses on data sharing for lifelong learning.

The Solution

Originally published in 2006 and revised in 2017, DoDI 1322.26 establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, prescribes procedures, and establishes information requirements for developing, managing, providing, and evaluating distributed learning. Additionally, the policy formally charters the Defense ADL Advisory Committee (DADLAC) as the advisory body for distributed learning policy stewardship, resource and information exchange, and monitoring of emerging distributed learning technologies and techniques.

About the Project

The ADL Initiative coordinates agency-wide efforts to implement and evolve DoDI 1322.26. This policy formally assigns responsibility to the ADL Initiative and DADLAC for maintaining the policy’s “fungible references” which define technical requirements and best practices across the DoD for acquiring and maintaining learning systems. DoD organizations are encouraged to refer to the fungible references for the latest available technical information and guidelines.

On a regular basis, the ADL Initiative coordinates updates to the fungible references based on requirements obtained through stakeholder input and an expanding body research into emerging capabilities. Future updates are made available in the policy section of


Project Details

Period of Performance

Original Publication: 2006
Ongoing updates