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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ADL's vision?

The vision of the ADL Initiative is to provide access to the highest-quality learning and performance aiding that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime, and anywhere.

What is ADL's strategy?

The strategy of ADL is to develop next generation training and learning environments that prepare learners for optimal performance in the increasingly complex environments where they live and work. Some factors that influence this challenging undertaking include information saturation, rapid changes in technology, and increasingly complex tasks. The cultivation of a next generation learner and the next generation learning environment will require an adaptive, intelligent capability that anticipates needs, engages our senses, and operates seamlessly with yet-to-be-available information; gathering and sharing capabilities with total transparency.

Why do organizations collaborate with ADL?

Implementing the ADL Initiative requires collaboration within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the federal government at large as well as with industry, academia, and state and local entities. The DoD is taking steps to establish a cost-effective distributed learning environment that is consistent across the military services and all other DoD components. Many university and business training organizations have similar interests. ADL partnerships among the federal government, private-sector technology suppliers, and the broader education and training community are the means for formulating voluntary guidelines that meet common needs.

How do I become involved with ADL?

There are no formal membership processes or requirements to become involved with ADL. To stay up to date, sign up for the ADL newsletter (available on the front page), participate in our discussion groups and projects, and attend our events.

Why is the DoD putting so much effort into advanced learning technology?

The increased rate of deployments of the DoD’s forces in recent years, which often involve rapid, unplanned movements to locations around the world, highlights the need to provide training on demand to individuals and units deployed worldwide. Accordingly, because of more demanding deployment criteria and other time-sensitive constraints, the DoD recognizes that yesterday’s framework of "right time, right place" learning, with its use of set times and places, may not meet future requirements. It also recognizes that providing "anytime, anywhere" instruction is essential to maintaining military readiness in the information age; future forces and their support activities must be highly adaptive to address threats effectively and rapidly.

What is the ADL Co-Lab Network?

The DoD established the ADL Co-Lab Hub in 1999 in Alexandria, Virginia to foster the collaborative research, development, and assessment of the common tools, standards, content, and guidelines for the ADL Initiative. In addition to the ADL Co-Lab - Alexandria, DoD supports the ADL Co-Lab - Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The Co-Lab Network also includes an Academic ADL Co-Lab based at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, the GMU Center for Online Workforce Development located at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, and the Memphis Intelligent Tutoring Systems Center located at the FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis, Tennessee.

The ADL Initiative has also established a network of Partnership laboratories, based on agreements with agencies in several countries. In 2011, this network includes partners in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Latin America and Caribbean Regions (ILCE), Korea, Norway, Germany, and Romania.

How do the members of the ADL Co-Lab Network assist the ADL Initiative?

In addition to the collaboration with government, education, and technology sectors, each member of the ADL Network uniquely contributes to the evolution of ADL in specialized areas, and disseminates their research, subject matter expertise, common tools, and learning content throughout the general ADL community. Each ADL Co-Lab, Center and Partnership Lab facilitates an open collaborative environment for sharing learning technology research, development, and assessments.

How do I report errors with the website?

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Why can't I open the document I downloaded?

ADLnet.gov documents are saved in different formats, primarily .PDF and .ZIP. To view .PDF files you must have either Adobe Acrobat or the Acrobat reader plug-in installed on your machine. Visit Adobe to download the required plug-in. Some documents are zipped for easy download. Make sure you have a program to unzip these files.

May I use the ADL logo on my Web site or presentation?

ADL has specific guidelines governing the use of the ADL logo on Web sites, presentations, papers, and other documents. Please refer to the ADL Logo Usage Policy in the Web Site Policies & Notices or contact ADL's Media Contact directly for assistance with your particular question or need.

Are there policies I should be aware of while accessing ADLnet.gov?

ADL has compiled a list of policies including Software, Privacy, Document, and Logo Usage among others. For a list of these policies and for additional information visit the Web Site Policies & Notices.

Are there resources available to help estimate the cost of ADL products?

Managers interested in estimating costs of SCORM and related technology programs should review the tools available in the Cost Estimation area. The COSCOMO cost estimating model available there is the result of a FY05 Joint ADL Co-Lab prototype specifically built for estimating the cost of SCORM development projects. The COSCOMO prototype is based on the popular COSCOMO II model.

Where can I find sample contract language related to IP that has been used in government contracts for Distributed Learning?

Sample Contract Language follows:

The Government retains rights to all deliverables/materials (to include editable source files) produced as part of this Task Order, excluding COTS materials. All products developed under this contract shall belong solely to the Government. The government shall have the right to distribute all deliverables under this contract to any person or entity at no cost to the government or the user. There shall be no license or user fees associated with the deliverables under this contract. Products developed under this contract shall not have any commercial license or cost requirements for delivery to other federal, state, and local government customers. User information supplied to the contractor for access purposes shall be returned to the Government. The contractor shall ensure that all information submitted to the Government is accurate and up-to-date. The contractor shall support a seamless transition, transparent to the users, with no degradation of services. The contractor shall ensure that all data developed for and utilized by contractor staff and (Government Organization) in the execution of the aforementioned and detailed Knowledge Management (KM) tasks, is backed-up and protected, so that it can be reconstructed in the event of a catastrophic failure event.

How does DoDI 1322.26 affect DoD training professionals?

OSD signed DoD Instruction 1322.26, Development, Management, and Delivery of Distributed Learning, in June 2006. It requires DoD Components to share training resources, including Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)-conformant objects, to the maximum extent possible. The instructions also requires all web-based DoD distibuted learning materials to be SCORM conformant and registered in the ADL Registry. Furthermore, the instruction directs new development procurements to conduct a front-end analysis, or FEA. As part of the FEA, developers are require to search the ADL Registry to see if existing training can be reused or repurposed before creating new materials.

What does DoDI 1322.26 require related to the ADL Registry?

DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.26, Development, Management, and Delivery of Distributed Learning, policy requires adherence to the ADL Registry. Specific to the instuction, DoD Components are required to:

  • Register digital object metadata and digital object repositories with the ADL Registry.
  • Search the ADL Registry prior to developing or acquiring learning objects.

Currently, content with classified metadata is exempt from registering in the ADL Registry.

What types of things does the 1322.26 require to be registered in the ADL Registry?

Paragraph 6.3 states:

6.3. All acquired or developed SCORM-conformant content packages (CPs) shall:

  • 6.3.1. Include metadata.
  • 6.3.2. Be registered in the ADL Registry.
  • 6.3.3. Be maintained in DoD Components' repositories.
  • 6.3.3.1. These repositories shall be registered in the ADL Registry... Content with classified metadata is exempted...

The instruction mandates that you you must register SCORM-conformant content packages and repositories. In addition to what DoDI 1322.26 requires, you should register objects that others could redeploy, rearrange, repurpose, and rewrite. The scope of what you register may vary, it may equate to a course, a module, a unit, a lesson, a topic, etc. Sometimes you will register a single SCO in a content package, while other times you may register a content package that contains several SCOs with a complex sequencing structure. You may also want to register a simulation, video, animation, or image that would be applicable to, and could be used by, other organizations.

What guidance is available across the Services on intellectual property (IP) rights?

According to DoD Instruction 1322.26, Development, Management, and Delivery of Distributed Learning, Intellectual Property (IP) and government rights to software should be considered at the outset of any ADL-related project. The IP Rights area of 1322.26 discusses these requirements in the context of the ADL Registry and SCORM.

Section 6.4 of DoDI 1322.26 states, "Intellectual property rights shall be described in the ADL-Registry. Contract documents for distributed learning content shall invoke DFARS Subpart 227.71 and 227.72 to obtain the rights needed for the Government to be able to secure the minimum necessary rights and/or product..."

Also, according to Enclosure 4 of DoDI 1322.26, "The contracting officer is encouraged to use the clause DFARS 252.227-7020 in contracts to deliver distributed learning products when it is necessary so that the service provider, as one of the contract deliverables, copyright the resulting work and/or products and assign the copyright in its entirety to the Government."

The ADL-Registry metadata requires a "yes" or "no" under the "Copyright and other restrictions" field.

More information on government copyright and intellectual property rights can be found at: http://www.cendi.gov/publications/04-8copyright.html.

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