Dr. Ulrik Juul Christensen, MD

Dr. Christensen is recognized worldwide as an expert in learning technology. He has pioneered adaptive learning, data-driven content development, simulation and debriefing technologies. He is responsible for the strategy of Area9 Group’s businesses, that span from purpose-built platforms for optimization of business processes for large corporations over digital product design to corporate training based on intelligent, adaptive learning including being the educational platform partner for Hitachi, Shinola, National Safety Council, New England Journal of Medicine and several other large healthcare organizations.

He founded his first company, Sophus Medical, in 1997 while still in medical school. Sophus Medical was acquired by Laerdal Medical in 2002. Dr. Christensen was responsible for Laerdal’s global learning technologies initiatives from 2002–2006. Dr. Christensen co-founded Area9 Group in 2006, which has been at the forefront of adaptive and personalized learning with more than 1500 adaptive learning products based on the Area9 technologies and millions of students using the systems every semester. Area9 Education was sold to McGraw-Hill Education in 2014 and Area9 Learning was established to focus on adaptive learning in corporate and organizational environments.

Dr. Christensen was part of the McGraw-Hill Higher Education leadership team from 2011 to 2014 and the MHE Executive Leadership Team from February 2014 to 2016, where he stepped down to focus on the rapidly growing Area9 Innovation and Area9 Learning enterprises.

This is his personal blog.


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Every academic subject or job function requires specific knowledge to be mastered. These areas of competency vary greatly in scope and difficulty: the elementary school student who must memorize spelling words; the airplane pilot who must…
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The global workforce faces an “epochal transition” as digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) make further inroads – a message that took center stage at the World Economic Forum at Davos, where the need to retrain…
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Without question, education technology (EdTech) will revolutionize how learners at all levels – K-12, post-secondary, and even corporate learning – achieve skill mastery. But given where we are today, with assumptions to correct and fears to…
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Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Sept. 21, 2017 – Area9, an adaptive learning platform that combines cognitive research and computer science, was recognized as a Hot Vendor in learning by Aragon Research, a leading research and advisory…
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Every brain is different; therefore, learning must be personalized to meet each learner’s needs. But how can this be accomplished in an e-learning environment? Our answer, developed and refined over the past two decades, is a…
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Peter Diamandis, co-founder and chairman of Singularity University, speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative forum in 2014, delivered an eye-opening perspective to Bill Clinton:  A Maasai warrior with Google on a mobile phone had greater access…
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