Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Academy is spearheaded by the University of Memphis (UM) Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS). The purpose of this effort is to build a Learning Science Community (LSC) that supports the future Personal Assistant for Learning (PAL) and Total Learning Architecture (TLA) "Ubiquitous Learning" Ecosystem. The deliverable for this effort is to engage with the LSC to establish a framework of ADL Academy by demonstrating sample learning content that is usable, and to be able to document processes that are duplicable. ADL-A demonstrated ADL-featured and developed technologies, promotes ADL-endorsed and relevant theories of learning, and serves the Global ADL Partnership Network Member, ADL stakeholders, and learning technology community. Specifically, ADL-A is implemented with an Open-Source Learning Management Systems (LMS) that is integrated with xAPI Learning Record Store (LRS).
Xiangen Hu is a progessor at the University of Memphis in the Psychology Department-Institute for Intelligent Systems, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Computer Science departments. He is the director of the ADL Partnership Laboratory at the UofM. He is also a Professor for the Central China Normal University (CCNU) in the Psychology Department. He received his initial degrees (B.S. and M.S.) from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Califronia. The focus of his research includes mathematical psychology, research design and statistics as well as cognitive psychology. He has been integrally involved in the creation of intelligent tutoring systems like AutoTutor, CSAL, Electronix Tutor (ET) in the past.