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The Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) is a learning technology specification that enables data encoding, transport, and exchange across a wide variety of activities, experiences, and devices. In other words, xAPI lets software applications capture and share (big) data on...

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The ADL Initiative has released a report detailing its progress in developing the Total Learning Architecture (TLA). The TLA is a collection of data standards, interoperability specifications, IT architectural schemes, and policies that are collectively designed to enable federated digital...

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The ADL Initiative has released a new research-based model to help organizations evaluate and modernize their distributed learning systems. The Distributed Learning Capability Maturity Model (DL-CMM) is, essentially, a rubric that organizations can use for self-assessment and to inform their...

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For the last five years, the ADL Initiative has worked toward the vision of a “learning ecosystem”—an interconnected continuum of lifelong learning enabled by interoperable education and training technologies. Our Total Learning Architecture (TLA) project focuses on building that IT...

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This week, the ADL Initiative delivered an interactive e-book version of the recently released Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication (MCDP) 7, Learning to the Commanding General of USMC Training and Education Command (TECOM). The ADL Initiative, with support from Eduworks Corp.,...

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On October 1, 2019, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) assumed administrative and managerial responsibility from the Army, Navy, and Air Force for all military hospitals and clinics in the United States, as directed under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act....

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Adobe Flash, the software that has allowed millions of users to create and play Internet animations since the late 1990s, is undergoing an industry-wide retirement (or “deprecation”) and will be removed from all major browsers by the end of 2020....

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Digitized textbooks have been around for over 20 years. They gained prominence after 1998, when the first dedicated eBook readers were introduced and the first eBook ISBN was assigned. In classrooms and worksites worldwide, eBooks have become a popular medium...

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The ADL Initiative made significant strides in 2019 along its three main lines of effort: modernization, policy guidance, and cross-coordination. The year’s efforts included increased collaboration with both domestic and international partners, the maturation of concepts devised and researched in...

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In 2019, the ADL Initiative established a TLA Sandbox project in collaboration with the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) USALearning to accommodate technical experimentation with the 2019 TLA Reference Implementation.

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The ADL Initiative supported the Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) on 1-5 December in Orlando. This annual event attracted over 17,000 professionals, including military and industry leaders, domestic and international partners, support staff, and other stakeholders....

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The ADL Initiative’s Total Learning Architecture (TLA) Working Group held its first face-to-face meeting during the Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) on 2 December 2019. This Working Group launched in the summer of 2019 with TLA...

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The National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), in collaboration with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, hosted iFEST 2019 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center (Alexandria, Virginia, USA) 26-28 August 2019. Over 350 attendees from the military, government, industry, and...

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Learning! 100 by Elearning! Media Group

The ADL Initiative placed #30 of the top 50 private and public sector organizations in the Elearning! Media Group’s 2019 Learning! 100 Awards Competition— the ninth consecutive win for the ADL Initiative. The ADL Learning Warehouse was selected for excellence...

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On 28-29 August, the ADL Initiative chaired the bi-annual Defense ADL Advisory Committee meeting. Among the topics discussed were multinational ADL coordination and DoDI 1322.26 Fungible Reference proposed updates.

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At the beginning of April, the ADL Initiative hosted its annual Principal Investigator meeting to provide a more holistic view of its current and forthcoming science and technology projects, exchange information, and identify collaboration opportunities. With over 30 organizations in...

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The Department of Defense (DoD) uses Adobe Flash in thousands of its e-learning courses—but that’s about to change. In 2020, Adobe will sunset this product in response to growing criticism of its security flaws. Apple ended Adobe Flash support in...

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A new book exploring the future learning ecosystem The ADL Initiative recently released Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem. This open-access publication examines the shift needed to our systems and society to enable lifelong, experiential, interconnected learning journeys. The...

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In November, Drs. Sae Schatz and J.J. Vogel-Walcutt addressed Navy Post Graduate School students, faculty, and staff at the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) Forum on the importance of developing a learning architecture. Dr. Vogel-Walcutt stressed the importance of efficiency...

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The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) officially kicked-off on 27 November, with its 2018 theme: “Launching Innovation in Learning:  Ready, Set, Disrupt.” As the name implies, this year’s event witnessed a notable shift from previous years, with more...

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