The NORDEFCO Advanced Distributed Learning Forum of Experts is a Training and Education body under the NORDEFCO COPA HR&E. There are members from Advanced Distributed Learning units from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The main areas of interest are sharing of learning content and lessons learned in the field of procurement, development, implementation and evaluation of technology-based learning concepts.


Badrul H. Khan, Ph.D.

Badrul H. Khan, Ph.D. is a world-renowned speaker, author, educator and consultant in the field of e-learning and educational technology. Professor Khan has the credit of first coining the phrase Web based instruction and popularizing the concept through his 1997 best-selling Web-Based Instruction book which paved the way for the new field of e-learning.

Known as the founder of modern e-learning, Dr. Khan has been honored with many awards and worldwide acclamation throughout his career. In recognition of his unique contribution to the field of e- learning coupled with his services to worldwide e-learning communities, Egyptian E-Learning University Council on August 13, 2012 appointed Dr. Badrul Khan as an honorary distinguished professor of e-learning.

Professor Khan is a United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee. He is recognized as one of the Leaders in Open and Distance Education in North America. He is Founder of GyanBahan (GyanBahan.com), the Knowledge Carrier - a practical application of competency-based lifelong e-learning. He authored 12 books in e-learning and his Managing E-learning book has been translated into 20 languages.

He served as the founding Director of the Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) graduate cohort program at The George Washington University. He also served as the founding Director of the Educational Technology (ET) graduate program at the University of Texas, Brownsville. His personal Website: BadrulKhan.com

Sae Schatz, Ph.D.

Sae Schatz, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, a science, technology, and policy program under the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before joining the government in 2015, Sae worked as an applied human–systems scientist, with an emphasis on human cognition and learning, adaptive systems, learning technologies, performance assessment, and modeling and simulation. Sae has authored numerous peer-reviewed scholarly publications, and she led development of 3 military textbooks.

More recently, she co-edited the book, Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem, which defines a blueprint for revolutionizing training and education through technology, data, next-generation learning science, and innovation. Sae has worked in defense training and education for over a decade, and she holds a doctorate in Modeling and Simulation from UCF.

Carl Heath

Carl Heath is the Vice President for Professional Education at RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden. During the pandemic Carl has acted as project manager for the Swedish national crisis responce project Skola Hemma (www.skolahemma.se).

In october 2020 Carl finished a commission by the Swedish Government as Special Counsel for the protection of democratic dialogue, specifically working on policy regarding desinformation, propaganda and hate speech (www.demokratiskasamtalet.se).

Carls primary mission at RISE today is to strengthen lifelong learning in Sweden. As a researcher, Carls interests are in innovation and exploration in tbe borders between digitalization, interaction design, learning, education and public policy. Carl has conducted research and design work together with a large range of actors, from government institutions and ministries to Disney Imagineering, H&M, The Commission of the European Union, Nordic Council of Ministers etcetera.

Prior to his current position Carl has worked for the Swedish Armed Forces,  GR (The Gothenburg Region of Local Authorities). Carl is the founder of GR Experiential Learning (now a part of GR Education). Carl has an educational background at the University of Gothenburg, where he studied political science, social science, pedagogy and ICT.

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