Arizona State University

The Arizona State University (ASU) ADL Partnership Lab is located in the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning (ISTL), Tempe, Arizona. The lab networks to faculty and students from a number of units around ASU interested in advancing learning and human performance support. The lab is led by faculty from The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which provides a b link to engineering specialties such as Aviation, Informatics, Human Systems Engineering and Software Engineering.

In 2016 U.S. News and World Report listed ASU at the top of its “most innovative schools” list. ASU is also ranked as one of the top military friendly schools.



The ASU ADL Partnership Lab’s primary focus will be on exploratory learning environments which are more task than content oriented. This includes learning that takes place in simulated environments, context aware performance support, and just-in-time learning to support on-the-job performance of individuals and teams. The lab is looking to a future that moves beyond the traditional training “course”. It is looking towards a new paradigm for learning that is lifelong and integrates with everything we do.


Core Capabilities

The Lab seeks partners for collaborative research related to training and performance improvement. It can connect them with a range of researchers from ASU’s diverse and award winning faculty.

Among the research areas we can support are:

Applied Learning Technologies

  • Performance-based simulation environments
  • Game-based learning
  • Virtual worlds with pedagogical agents (virtual humans)
  • Dynamic digital textbooks

Human Systems Approach to Learning

  • Cognitive task analysis to guide learning content
  • Designing for learning
  • Usability evaluation of learning systems

Supporting Individualized and Collaborative learning

  • Natural language learning environments
  • Learning analytics
  • Collaboration and team-based learning

In addition, the lab can connect external researchers to ISTL’s evaluation service, which can operate as an independent external evaluator on learning related research.

Nancy J. Cooke is a professor of Human Systems Engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU and is a Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, AZ. She is also Associate Editor of Human Factors, President-elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and Chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Human Systems Integration. She also recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Dr. Cooke was a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2008-2012. Dr. Cooke’s research interests include the study of individual and team cognition and its application to the development of cognitive and knowledge engineering methodologies, cognitive task analysis, sensor operator threat detection, homeland security systems, remotely-operated vehicles, human-robot interaction, healthcare systems, and emergency response systems. In particular, Dr. Cooke specializes in the development, application, and evaluation of methodologies to elicit and assess individual and team cognition. Education Ph.D., Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1987 ,M.A., Psychology, New Mexico State University, 1983,B.A., Psychology, George Mason University, 1981.


Scotty D. Craig is an Assistant Professor in the Human Systems Engineering Program within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU. His goal is to provide cutting edge research at the intersection of human cognition, technology, and the learning sciences which provides solutions to real world problems within education and training. His current research focuses on improving learning with higher-level cognition factors such as comprehension, discourse, and cognitive affective states through the use of virtual humans within technological environments. Education : Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (Cognitive), University of Memphis, 2005, M.S., Psychology, University of Memphis, 2001, B.A., Psychology, University of Memphis, 1998.



ASU ADL Partnership Lab
Institute for the Science of Teaching & Learning
Payne Hall 108, 1000 S. Forest MallP.O. Box 872111
Tempe, AZ 85287-2111

Tel: (480) 965-3292