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Join the Total Learning Architecture Working Group meeting at I/ITSEC!

The ADL Initiative held its first face-to-face Total Learning Architecture (TLA) working group meeting during the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). The purpose of this meeting was to bring together early adopters and potential adopters of the TLA to share knowledge and lessons learned, and to strengthen the TLA community

When: 2 December, 1300-1600
Where: Orange County Convention Center, Room S210D, Orlando, FLA
More Info: Contact Avron Barr at

Agenda Outline

1300 Welcome Dr. Sae Schatz, Executive Director, ADL Initiative
1310 “Who is Adopting the TLA and Why?” Brent Smith (CTR), R&D Principal, ADL Initiative
1330 Panel on TLA Adoption with Q&A
  • Erin Baker, Research Psychologist, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
  • Paul Jesukiewicz, Director, USALearning, OPM
  • Jono Poltrack, Co-Founder, Veracity Technology Consultants
  • Brent Smith (CTR), R&D Principal, ADL Initiative
  • Avron Barr, Moderator, TLA-WG Chair
  • 1430 Break
    1445 TLA WG Committee Updates
    Universal Learner Records
  • Ashley Reardon (CTR), ADL Initiative and Richard Cordés, Cognitive Security & Education Forum
  • Competency Management
  • Fritz Ray, Eduworks Corporation
  • Content & Activity Metadata
  • Yihua Liu (CTR), ADL Initiative
  • DoD xAPI Profiles
  • Andy Johnson (CTR), ADL Initiative
  • 1500 Committee Meetings
    1600 Adjourn

    About the Total Learning Architecture

    As part of its mission to explore and facilitate the adoption of new technology in education and training, the DoD’s ADL Initiative has undertaken a 5-year R&D effort to define the TLA. This research, working with innovators across the government and private sectors, developed a framework for the data and control architecture that organizations will eventually need to support initiatives such as:

    • Learning analytics and dashboards
    • Competency-based training and certificates
    • Adaptive instructional systems and AI
    • Universal learner records and life-long learning
    • Integrating data from cloud-based and immersive learning environments

    Many government organizations today are exploring one or more of these innovations. The TLA establishes systems standards that will not only reduce the lifetime costs of their current project (enabling plug-and play components, for instance), but also help them develop the secure data-sharing architecture needed to support future innovation in training and education.

    About the TLA Working Group

    The TLA Working Group is a volunteer organization of government and civilian innovators who are embracing the TLA’s standards-based approach for their new projects. The working group meets online monthly to share ideas, discuss problems, and prioritize issues for the ADL Initiative’s R&D team. We’ve initiated committees to help finalize decisions about standards for learner records, competencies, learning activity metadata, and xAPI. Join the TLA Working Group.