23 March 2021

Project Albatross

Project Leader

Dr. Philippe Beaulieu-B.

Project Manager

Jonas Groesmeyer


Reflexive Virtual Organic Learning (R-Vol) as the future of planning and design education for defence purposes, and military education, more broadly. Albatross believes in collectively designing virtual learning experiences that are transformative, engaging, immersive, seamless and scalable.


Developing an E-learning system, which will deliver online learning capabilities “anytime, anywhere” to enhance critical and creative thinking required for mastering advanced design leadership, and planning skills under conditions of disruptive change at both the operational and the strategic levels.


Project Albatross will seize the emerging trend of leveraging war gaming and virtual learning systems in professional military education and steer it towards the video game industry’s cutting-edge advancement in creating immersive learning experiences. By fusing game design, engaging narrative, and immersive environments with world leading design education, the virtual learning experience will promote seamless learning of self, organizational and environmental awareness.

This groundbreaking virtual learning and game experience will be tailored for a new generation of officers as they will be the playtesters and co-designers from initial conceptual design, to level design, and further play testing. The learning content will be triangulated with the global leading expertise in military design & planning represented by the Innovation Methodology for Defence Challenges (IMDC) network on game design terms.

Project status
Project Albatross is in the conceptual pre-development phase. If you are interested in participating or collaborating on the project, Archipelago of Design and the Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen, is hosting a four-days blended co-design workshop in June with the objective of designing the content and game pillars of Project Albatross. Please contact project manager Jonas Groesmeyer for further information on the project


Project Albatross is supported by the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND), the Centre of Military Studies (CMS) University of Copenhagen, the Canadian Forces College (CFC) and the Canadian Joint Warfare Centre (CJWC).