Identifying best practices for effective online learning has become especially significant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But even before the coronavirus outbreak, the Arizona State University Advanced Distributed Learning, or ADL, Partnership Lab was busy evaluating methods to improve the functionality and effectiveness of learning in an unconventional setting.

The ASU ADL Partnership Lab, established in 2016 and housed at The Polytechnic School, conducts most of its research to advance learning initiatives in the public sector. It is one of three academic partnerships based in the United States that are part of the ADL Global Partnership Initiative involving 17 U.S.-allied governments around the world which is led by the U.S. Department of Defense ADL Initiative.

The ADL Partnership Lab at ASU has been working with the U.S. Department of Defense ADL Initiative to improve readiness within the U.S. DOD by identifying current best practices for training and education. Based on this collaboration, they released a report of recommendations for modernizing learning ecosystems to support online learning. This report is part of a larger project by the ADL Partnership Lab at ASU on the Science of Learning and Readiness (SoLaR).