I first learned about the ADL Academic Co-Lab at the University of Wisconsin when a high school teacher contact sent me this link to their video presentation, How Games Are Reshaping Business and Learning.
Note that it’s a year and a half old at this point – but even so, thought-provoking.
From the ADL Academic Co-Lab home page:
The Academic Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Lab serves as the focal point for academia in promoting high quality, reusable content for distributed learning. This Co-Lab is the ADL academic link to test, evaluate and demonstrate ADL-compliant tools and technologies to enhance teaching and learning. It also serves as an academic demonstration site for ADL tools and content, including those developed by the federal government, academia, and industry.
While the focus remains on compelling content based upon standards, the Academic ADL Co-Lab concentrates on repositories, mobile learning, and games and simulations for learning.
Working as a partner with the Department of Defense ADL Co-Laboratory in Alexandria, Virginia and other two node Co-Labs, the Academic ADL Co-Lab supports and collaborates on the research, development, demonstration, assessment, and implementation of ADL tools and content on projects of relevance to participating organizations.
The academic ADL Co-Lab is at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and is in the happy position of being funded to do research primarily on the use of games and game technology for education, simulation, training and socialization. How’s that for a cool job? They are very busy, are doing very cool stuff, and their work is ahead of anyone else I know around these issues. Check out their research and publications:
My last post was about some research from there. Much more about them and their work in the future – but I had to introduce them as a team and organization.