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DoD Moves on from Adobe® Flash®

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.

Modernizing Learning: Building the Future 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 book outlines the vision for a learning ecosystem that spans technology, learning science, policy, and organizational factors.

2018 Learning! 100 Award

The eighth annual eLearning 100 Awards ceremony honors top global learning organizations for innovation, collaboration, and performance.

Principal Investigator Meeting 2018 Highlights

The ADL Initiative hosted its annual Principal Investigator Meeting comprised of 70+ participants, including Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) project performers and relevant government stakeholders.

ADL Integration into VIKING 18

VIKING 18 exercise organizers built Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) capabilities into their multinational collective training event.

Principal Investigator (PI) Meeting

The ADL Initiative will host its annual Principal Investigator (PI) meeting for its R&D performers and interested government stakeholders.

So What Is PeBL And Why Is The Marine Corps So Interested In It?

The Personalized eBook for Learning (PeBL) project is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract aimed at advancing one of our top-level goals: Distributed Learning (DL) Modernization.

ADL Initiative 2017 Year-End Review

The end of the year is a time to reflect on achievements and to set new goals for the coming year. The ADL Initiative has many reasons to celebrate its 2017 accomplishments and to expect ongoing success in 2018.

Welcome Sweden

The ADL Initiative would like to welcome our Swedish partners to the ADL Global Partnership Network.

xAPI Research & Future Requirements

During the past year, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative accelerated research and development efforts related to Experience API (xAPI) conformance requirements and certification.

Webinar: Privacy for the Total Learning Architecture (TLA)

The Total Learning Architecture (TLA) is envisioned to rely on ubiquitous data collection and advanced user modeling techniques to provide users with personalized and pervasive learning interventions. However, with so much personal data and learning material sharing, the psychology of the learner can be negatively affected by these far-reaching data collection practices.

xAPI Learning Record Store Test Suite and Adopter Registry Released

ADL Initiative recently collaborated with researchers from the e-learning group, Complutense University of Madrid (Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence).

xAPI Profiles Working Group Kickoff Meeting Announcement

In 2016, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative accelerated research and development efforts related to Experience API (xAPI) conformance requirements and certification.

xAPI: A Year In Review

Every day the community and buzz around the Experience API continues to grow larger, stronger, and for good reasons.

ADL Initiative at the Government Learning Technology Symposium

Members of ADL Initiative`s team recently attended the Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) Government Learning Technology Symposium at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

ADL Initiative’s Top 4 highlights from I/ITSEC 2016

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2016 is the world`s largest modeling, simulation, and training event held in Orlando, Florida.

A Serious Games Profile for xAPI

ADL Initiative recently collaborated with researchers from the e-learning group, Complutense University of Madrid (Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence).

LRS Test Suite Candidate Release

ADL Initiative is pleased to announce the candidate release of the _Experience API (xAPI) Learning Record Store (LRS) Test Suite.

ADL Initiative Focuses on Outreach to DoD and other Federal Agencies

Many high-quality science and technology prototypes fail to transition into real-world use, instead falling into the research-practice gap.

Help Shape xAPI Certification Research

In 2016, the ADL Initiative accelerated research and development efforts related to xAPI conformance testing.

U.S. Hosts NATO Training Group IT&ED Autumn 2016 Meeting

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Group (NTG) meeting on Individual Training and Education Developments (IT&ED) was hosted by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

ADL Experience API (xAPI) and IMS Caliper Discovery Review 2

On Monday, August 15, more than 50 leaders from the Experience API (xAPI) and Caliper Learning Analytics Framework (Caliper) communities attended the IMS Global meeting at Utah Valley University.

xAPI Version 1.0.3 Released

You can find the newest version of the specification here on GitHub.

ADL Initiative Accelerates xAPI Conformance Testing and Software Certification

Over the past year, efforts around developing conformance requirements for the Experience API (xAPI) have been on hold. Fortunately, this is rapidly changing. We at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative are very excited to announce two awards related to developing conformance requirements.

ADL Experience API (xAPI) and IMS Caliper Discovery Review

As many of you know, there have been ongoing efforts over the years to investigate the readiness of the Experience API (xAPI) for eventual standardization.

Implementing SGIQ-based Assessments in Virtual Environments

Colonel Goran Šimić, Director of the Serbian ADL Partnership Center and Head of the Center for Simulations and Distance Learning at the Serbian Ministry of Defense and Serbian Army, has written an article for the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning introducing the usage of Serious Gaming Interactive Questions (SGIQ) in virtual environments.

ADL Initiative’s Principal Investigator’s Meeting: A Collaborative Success

The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative hosted a Principal Investigator`s meeting on 5-6 April at its Alexandria office.

xAPI Vocabulary Companion Specification Announced

The Experience API (xAPI), an open source API and technical specification developed under the ADL Initiative, provides a powerful way to store and retrieve data about learning activities of users or groups of users.

SCORM+xAPI Roadmap Release and Resources

Many organizations already have large investments in Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), including software, training assets, and developer experience. Changing to a new technology like the Experience API (xAPI) can be cost prohibitive for such organizations. It is not feasible to abandon their current training architecture in favor of a new technology.

Driving LS&T Implementation through Collaboration

Collaboration is the key to everything the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative does.

Using xAPI? Need Help Choosing an LRS?

The Experience API is an open source specification that allows you to track any experience (i.e., formal, informal, or operational).

An Update to the VW Sandbox

The Virtual World (VW) Sandbox allows users to collaborate on developing, designing, and playing simulations.

Developing our Next Generation Learners at Otronicon

The Orlando Science Center hosts an event called Otronicon

Web Hooks for ADL’s Open Source LRS

If you have built any client reporting applications powered by Experience API statements, you know the workflow consists of the client first pulling statements from a Learning Record Store

An Update On xAPI Design Cohorts

ADL Initiative has run Experience API (xAPI) Design Cohorts for the past three years.

cmi5 and the xAPI SCORM® Profile

Since the release of the cmi5 specification, questions have arisen regarding how it relates to the ADL Experience API (xAPI) Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) Profile.

ADL Initiative Shines Bright at I/ITSEC 2015 in Orlando

ADL Initiative is returning from a busy and very successful week at I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL. Buzz was all around ADL Initiative as Dr. Sae Schatz kicked off the week

ADL Initiative Welcomes New Director: Dr. Sae Schatz

The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative is delighted to announce that Sae Schatz, Ph.D., has been named the new Director as of June 22, 2015.

ADL Initiative Honored at Enterprise Learning! Conference

Jonathan Poltrack accepted the Learning! 100 Award for Area of Excellence: Collaboration on behalf of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

CMI-5 Sandstone Pre-Release Working Group

CMI-5, a soon-to-be standard which is also conformant to the Experience API (xAPI), will be the focus of a 2-day summit on April 15th and 16th in Alexandria, Virginia.

From ADL Team Member Craig Wiggins: xAPI Design Cohort, Season 3 Kickoff

I think I can speak for all of ADL Initiative when I say that we`ve been waiting for some time to be able to say that the newest incarnation of the xAPI Design Cohort is almost ready to kickoff.

Summary from I/ITSEC xAPI PlugFest 2014

I should say up front, that I had never heard of I/ITSEC prior to starting to work for ADL Initiative.

ADL Initiative Announces 2014 Learning App Challenge Winners!

Earlier this year, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative announced the opening of the submissions period for the 2014 Learning App Challenge (LAC).

ADL Initiative Publishes MoTIF Needs Assessment Report

ADL Initiative`s Mobile Learning Needs Assessment report is now available! This report follows last year`s Survey Report and summarizes the information and insights we have gleaned

New Zealand Welcomed into ADL Partnership Lab Network

It is with great pleasure that the ADL Initiative welcomes New Zealand as a new partner in the ADL Partnership Lab network.

Resources available from June 2014 xAPI Workshop & Bootcamp in Orlando

Thirty participants from the Orlando area attended the 17 June session, billed as an introductory workshop for those interested in the xAPI, but who might not have in-depth knowledge of what it is or what it can do.

Serbia Welcomed into ADL Partnership Lab Network

It is with great pleasure that the ADL Initiative welcomes the country of Serbia as a new partner in the ADL Partnership Lab network.

Report on Game Developers Conference 2014

Dr. Elaine Raybourn, ADL Next Generation Learner Team Lead, participated in a panel that addressed the question of `U.S. National Investments in the Future of Games?` at the 2014 Game Developers Conference

xAPI development plans for 2014

With 2014 rung in and winter break at an end, we at ADL Initiative want to start the new year out right. During 2013, several milestones were achieved for the Experience API (xAPI), and our goal is to make 2014 even better.

Building Web Applications that use the Learning Registry (LR)

The Learning Registry contains thousands of metadata and paradata records describing educational resources available on the Internet.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Mobile Learning

According to Semico`s report on Augmented Reality, 864 million high-end cell phones will be AR-enabled by 2014 with revenues related to AR technology

Cognitive Task Analysis: Analyzing the Cognition of Portal 2 Gameplay and Design

As we wrote about in our last blog post, ADL Initiative`s Next-Generation Learner Team has been performing a cognitive task analysis (CTA) on the gameplay and design of Portal 2

Experience API (xAPI) version 1.0.1 released

The work on the xAPI has continued since Version 1.0.0 was released in April 2013.

ADL Initiative Publishes Mobile Learning Survey Report

ADL Initiative`s mobile learning survey report is now available!

ADL Initiative Receives Learning! 100 Award

ADL Initiative was honored at the 2013 Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo where it received a Learning! 100 Award

Re-Usability Support System for eLearning (RUSSEL)

The Re-Usability Support System for eLearning (RUSSEL) is an open-source software project to manage and repurpose courses, documents and multimedia assets.

ADL Initiative and AICC Collaborate on the Experience API

The Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee (AICC) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative have agreed to collaborate

Poland welcomed into ADL Partnership Lab network

It is with great pleasure that the ADL Initiative welcomes the country of Poland as a new partner in the ADL Partnership Lab network.

A Socratic Method Learning Experience

In the 1980s I taught in an education project called Project SEED which teaches algebra and calculus to elementary school students who are classified as both belonging to a minority and within a poverty-level demographic.