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Distributed Learning - Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) at NATO SCHOOL Oberammergau (NSO) supports modern training methods and develops online courses to prepare resident course participants to use emerging concepts and capabilities for joint, multinational and interagency operations.

JADL Forum 2018

The showcase of the 13th Annual e-Learning Forum, hosted by Joint Advanced Distributed Learning, Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in September 2018 in Norfolk, Virginia, was won by NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) M7-126 alumni. (read more..)


NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) is using ADL in numerous ways, to offer our students the best possible opportunity to prepare, not only for NSO resident courses, but to enhance the NSO course programme, by offering students online courses on NATO / PfP topics of interest to enhance their knowledge in various fields. To fulfil this requirement, NSO offers students self-paced eLearning courses via the Learning Management Systems (LMS)  NATO ACT LMS. In addition, since 2008, NSO is also using collaborative technologies to enhance the learning experience for its students.

ADL benefits

The NSO eLearning programme has a two level approach:

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses support NSO's resident courses and aim to bring students to a common knowledge level before the resident portion, enabling more active and informed discussions during the course.


Learning Enhancement Courses

Learning Enhancement Courses offer broader NATO topics of interest as well as professional development subjects such as the NATO Procurement and Contracting Course series.

eLearning Instructional Design - the new ADL resident course

The ADL Section, in conjunction with SACT, also offers NATO’s only eLearning Instructional Design Course (M7-126). This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to create e-learning products, as well as implement and evaluate e-learning solutions in support of NATO E&IT requirements.


Members' Portal

The ADL Section supports the NSO Members' Portal, an online collaborative environment that facilitates information exchange between course directors, instructors, course administrators, course participants, subject matter experts and researchers. Students can seek out information and question instructors and colleagues, learning from others' efforts to do the same. These communities of interest live on after the course and students can continue to access updated information long after they have left the NSO.

Please click on the following link to access the NSO Members' Portal:

With the NATO School Members’ Portal students and staff are able to stay establish communities of practices and interest and stay in contact prior, during and after the course. At NATO School, collaboration is no longer a phrase; it is a real life experience for the staff, the students and the supporting speakers. It makes course preparation between the Course Directors, its OPRS and NATO /PfP widespread teaching staff easier. It helps students to come prepared to NSO and allows the community to stay in contact long after a course was successfully graduated.