Dr. Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt is the Director of Innovation at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative under the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development for training and education with specific interests in applying instructional techniques to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cognition and educational development. In her role at the ADL Initiative, Dr. Vogel-Walcutt focuses on promoting the science of learning and human-centric design, which complement the technology prototypes and specifications produced by the program. In particular, she is focused on exploring cognition, learning, and the integration of learning science into one of the ADL Initiative’s current efforts involving the development of the Total Learning Architecture, an interoperability “backbone” designed to facilitate ubiquitous lifelong learning and data-driven learning personalization.
Since 2016, Dr. Walcutt has served as ADL Director of Innovation. The ADL Initiative is a US government program, reporting to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness. ADL was established to help programs, initiatives, and policies better support flexible, lifelong learning through the use of technology. ADL’s mission is to bridges across Defense and other Federal agencies, as well as coalition partners and industry and academia, to encourage collaboration, facilitate interoperability, and promote best practices for using distributed learning to provide the highest-quality education, training, informal learning, and just-in-time support, tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere.
Previously, she served as cognitive scientist at Cognitive Performance Group and Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She facilitates professional seminars for business and government clients, ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to international security agencies.