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The University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab was founded in 2000 to serve as an independent node of the ADL Initiative operating inside of the University of Wisconsin-System. Since Spring 2010, the partnership lab has been housed within the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Continuing Education Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL), where it performs work with both internal and external partners. As an applied research and development center, the University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab works to build the future of digital learning through an array of focused and broad-based partnerships that span academic, corporate, and government organizations.

The University of Wisconsin Partnership Lab initiatives focus on:

  • Authentic Assessment
  • Learning Records for Competency-Based Education
  • UX Design to Support Learning and Training

The following samples represent the University of Wisconsin Partnership Lab supported initiatives:

  • The UW Flexible Option website
  • Sherlock Assessment and Learning Web App GitHub
  • Mobile Access to Supplemental Learning Objects (MASLO) GitHub


The University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab’s mission is to increase educational attainment and improve learning experiences through digital media research and development, as well as to support advances in competency-based education through the development of new technologies and novel implementations of existing tools and platforms. As a capability within the UW-Extension, the University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab is also committed to supporting the Wisconsin Idea.


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Andrea Deau

Andrea Deau is Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab, and also serves as the Information Technology Director at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL), where she leads a growing IT organization that supports and develops the technical infrastructure for the University of Wisconsin-System’s Competency-Based Education (the UW Flexible Option) and other online degrees and programs for adult learners. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Extension, she served as the Director for Academic Technology Services at Madison Area Technical College managing enterprise learning technologies, mobile and collaboration systems, and learning space technology support. Prior to her technical college work, she served as the WiscNet Education Technology Liaison at WiscNet (Wisconsin’s Research & Education Network) directing marketing and communication activities and building community among member institutions. She holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership and a B.A. in Education.

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Dr. Terry McGovern

Dr. Terry McGovern is Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin ADL Partnership Lab, and also serves as an Assistant Professor of Management in the University of Wisconsin’s FLEX BSBA program. As Co-Director, Terry primarily focuses on leading design and development of targeted partnership lab initiatives in addition to working with Andrea to build and sustain research and development partnerships. Terry holds a Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix’s School of Advanced Studies. His dissertation focused on Executive Development in the United States Air Force. Terry is currently enrolled as a D.B.A. candidate through the University of South Florida with an expected graduation date of December, 2019. His D.B.A. research is centered on competency-based education. Prior to joining UWEX, Terry taught at Clarke University as an associate, tenured professor of business from 2011-2017. Before this, he served 20 years as an Air Force officer with assignments in nuclear missile and satellite operations, staff assignments at Strategic Command in Omaha, NE and HQ Air Force in the Pentagon, and military teaching assignments at Iowa State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and National Defense University.


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