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The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

DoD Distributed Learning Governance

The ADL Initiative is a leader in distributed learning policy and technical guidelines. The ADL Initiative provides policy support surrounding the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.26 (“Distributed Learning”), identifies unifying needs and strategies across the distributed learning community, and creates best practices for other agencies to follow. You can find more information about the DoDI policy, fungible references, other ADL Initiative resources, as well as information on the NATO STANAG 2591 below.

DoD Instruction 1322.26 (“Distributed Learning”)

The ADL Initiative is the steward for the DoD Instruction 1322.26. Originally published in 2006 and revised in 2017, this DoD Instruction establishes processes for developing, managing, providing, and evaluating distributed learning for DoD military and civilian personnel, and it formally charters the Defense ADL Advisory Committee (DADLAC).

Click here to view the DoD Instruction 1322.26 ("Distributed Learning")

DoDI 1322.26 Fungible References

This DoD Instruction also formally assigns responsibility to the ADL Initiative and DADLAC for maintaining the Instruction’s “fungible references.” These define specific technical guidance, which is likely to change on a routine basis—too frequently to include in the base of the Instruction.

Click here to view the fungible references for the DoDI 1322.26


Similar to DoDI 1322.26, NATO STANAG (North Atlantic Treaty Organization Standardization Agreement) 2591 (Advanced Distributed Learning) provides implementation guidance for coalition distributed learning, in particular, defining interoperability requirements and best practices. This STANAG is stewarded by the NATO Training Group’s Individual Training and Education Developments (IT&ED) task group, which the ADL Initiative currently co-chairs on behalf of the US.

Click here to view the NATO STANAG 2591 (Advanced Distributed Learning)