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Total Learning Architecture (TLA) Assessment

Enabling distributed learning modernization through rigorous assessment of the TLA.


Development of the Total Learning Architecture (TLA) includes a rigorous, independent efficiency and effectiveness assessment. This includes the draft specifications and associated reference implementation model, scoping test and demonstration events, developing and executing the research assessment plans, and reporting findings (as appropriate) in conferences, technical reports, and targeted academic journals. The project includes participation in ADL Initiative-sponsored committees and working groups, as well as other specifications and standards working groups, to illustrate current and emerging capabilities and eventual contributions to Defense operations and the ADL Initiative mission.

Major Deliverables

  • TLA Assessment Plan
  • Reports of Findings
  • Publication of results at I/ITSEC 2019

Project Details

Period of Performance: FY18-FY19

External Performers: Institute for Defense Analyses

Contract: HQ0034-14-D-0001


DATASIM Conceptual UX/UI Design Report

2019; Yet Analytics; Black-Plock, Shelly
DATASIM is an open source application that will provide a valid means of producing the datasets necessary to benchmark and stress test the Total Learning Architecture (TLA) and distributed learning acquisitions. Additionally, DATASIM can help learning scientists, ISDs, IT and...

2018 Total Learning Architecture Final Report

2019; Smith, Brent; Gordon, Jerry
The Total Learning Architecture (TLA) program sponsored by the ADL Initiative seeks to develop a set of policy and standards defining the process for developing a learning ecology, where multiple services and learning opportunities (of various modalities and points of...

Total Learning Architecture: Moving Into the Future

2018; IITSEC; Smith; Gallagher; Schatz; Vogel-Walcutt
Increasingly, the defense community requires a continuous, adaptive learning enterprise that delivers the right training, education, and just-in-time support, in the right ways and at the right time. The Total Learning Architecture (TLA), now in its second iteration of development,...

Recommendation across Many Learning Systems to Optimize Teaching and Training

2018; AHFE, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics; Neville, K.J.; Folsom-Kovarik, J.T.
To help learners navigate the multitude of learning resources soon to become available in the Total Learning Architecture (TLA) ecosystem, a Recommender algorithm will give learners learning resource recommendations. Recommendations will support immediate training needs and provide guidance throughout one's...

Total Learning Architecture Development: A Design-Based Research Approach

2017; IITSEC; Gallagher, P.S.; Folsom-Kovarik, J.T.; Schatz, S.; Barr, A.; Turkaly, S.
Organizations that use learning technology to educate and train are facing a new set of interoperability problems. Many new products - including adaptive systems, intelligent digital tutors, real-time data analytics, and interactive e-books - offer dramatic learning benefits. However, these...

Exploring Assessment Mechanisms in the Total Learning Architecture (TLA)

2017; Chapter in Book - GIFT; Goodwin, G; Folsom-Kovarik, J.T.; Johsnon, A.; Schatz, S.; Sottilare, R.
The focus of this chapter is on the challenges and potential solutions to conducting realtime and long-term assessments of performance, learning, and domain competency in the Total Learning Architecture (TLA). TLA, a distributed learning ecosystem, is being developed by the...

Humans as the Strong Link in Securing the Total Learning Architecture

2017; Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE; Maymí, F.; Woods, A.; Folsom-Kovarik, J.
This paper describes a proposed approach, centered on human factors, for securing the Total Learning Architecture (TLA). The TLA, which is being developed for the United States Department of Defense, will rely on large stores of personal data that could...

Total Learning Architecture (TLA) Enables Next-generation Learning via Meta-adaptation

2016; IITSEC; Folsom-Kovarik, J.T.; Raybourn, E.M.
Technology is becoming ever more central to teaching and training. In classrooms, students use intelligent tutors and adaptive tests instead of textbooks and worksheets. In daily life, mobile devices enable blended, on-demand and ubiquitous life-long learning applications. Connected, pervasive media...