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2023 ADL Initiative I/ITSEC Tutorial Presentations

November 14, 2023

The ADL Initiative is thrilled to participate in the Interservice / Industry, Training, Simulation, and Instrumentation Conference (I/ITSEC) scheduled for the week of November 27th in Orlando, FL. As a longstanding contributor to the I/ITSEC community, we recognize the paramount role the conference plays in fostering collaboration and driving advancements in training, simulation, and instrumentation.

At this year’s conference, the ADL Initiative team is providing two tutorials to help digital learning developers, learning engineers, and instructional designers create data-driven efficiencies in their own organizations through a comprehensive data strategy. At the heart of these tutorials are the ADL standards that are pivotal to enterprise digital learning. These standards are widely used by the I/ITSEC community to empower seamless interoperability, ensuring a cohesive ecosystem for effective training solutions. Tutorials being presented this year include:

Implementation Strategies for Creating a Sustainable xAPI Data Strategy

Tutorial 5: Managing Learning Data – xAPI Essentials and Strategies

This tutorial will focus on the tools, technologies, and processes for implementing xAPI to meet organization-wide objectives and will show how to implement best practices so that learner data is Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked, Trustworthy, Interoperable, and Secure (VAULTIS). Attendees will walk away with actionable knowledge about how to use xAPI profiles.

  • Presenter: Florian Tolk
  • Date: 27 Nov 2023
  • Time: 1030 – 1200 EST
  • Room Number: W307D

Managing Learning Resources Through Use of Metadata Standards

Tutorial 10: Intersection of Learning Engineering and Data

This tutorial will describe how to define and apply metadata to your organizational learning resources to improve interoperability, search and discovery, and lifecycle management across all of your learning resources. Anyone acquiring, designing, developing, or fielding learning resources should attend to learn how these standards are used, implemented, and integrated with other data standards.

  • Presenter: Andy Johnson
  • Date: 27 Nov 2023
  • Time: 1030 – 1200 EST
  • Room Number: W307A

About the Presenters:

Florian Tolk

Florian Tolk is a Software Engineer (SETA) with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. In this role, he provides technical expertise about the IEEE standards that underpin ADL tools and technologies. Mr. Tolk also designs, develops, and implements a range of software applications that support these standards. Prior to working for the ADL Initiative, he worked as a developer for SimIS, Inc. and helped develop training simulations such as the Automated Intelligent Mentoring System (AIMS).

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson is the Specifications and Standards Manager (SETA) at the ADL Initiative. In this role, he oversees the design and development of ADL standards that promote interoperability and improve data quality across DoD’s training and education community. Andy has worked with the ADL Initiative for over 20 years and has been instrumental in ensuring DoD-wide requirements are addressed across ADL’s portfolio of data standards. Andy received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Education, Communication, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


As the largest modeling, simulation, and training event, Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) brings together government agencies, armed services, industry, and academia from all around the world by providing paper presentations, tutorials, workshops, an exhibition hall, and other special events. This year’s event will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from 27 Nov – 1 Dec.

Learn more about the event and the presentations on the I/ITSEC website.