In the show, Dr. Elaine Raybourn received an award for being nominated for Best Tutorial. Raybourn’s tutorial, “Transmedia Learning in the Wild: Supporting Military Training Through Story-driven Engagement,” focused on transmedia learning design specifically for informal learning. Transmedia learning is story-driven, unfolds across multiple media, and is designed to promote self-directed engagement. The tutorial offered open source software strategies to unobtrusively track learner progress.
Some of the presenters from the ADL Initiative team (Image Credit: National Training and Simulation Association)
3. ADL Initiative discussed the ‘Future of Learning Ecosystem.’
During the conference, Dr. Sae Schatz lead an academic and commercial professional community round table discussion. The panel had conversations about the future of learning ecosystems and the challenges of ‘learning human experience design.’ These ecosystems provide a combination of technologies and support assets to assist individual learning. Our vision for the future of learning was shared in the Show daily. Feedback from leading experts in the academic community included (1) concentrating on a system that places the individual learner in control of their own learning and (2) developing standardized methods of implementation for increasing motivation and improving learner performance tracking.
IMAGE: Panel discussion and media coverage pertaining to ADL’s Learning Ecosystem.
4. ADL Initiative connected with technology partners, application developers, industry leaders, and real-world users.
ADL Initiative welcomed a variety of visitors, including Congressional leaders and representatives, current and prospective customers, and media. Congressman Bobby Scott and Mayor Teresa Jacobs were some of the many individuals that offered insights and feedback for perusing system-wide approaches to modernize and optimize learning. During the conference, we also met with the directors of our Global Partnership Network (GPN) to exchange information on requirements, projects, emerging science and technologies, and relevant opportunities. National and international government agencies, military research labs, and academic institutions from around the world discussed working towards a shared strategy for global distributed learning techniques, technologies, and best practices.
Some key takeaways from I/ITSEC booth discussions were the following:
- Virtual Reality. The promise of story-driven Virtual Reality (VR) is the future. Authoring tools and more that help create virtual environments are in demand.
- Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). The ITSs are being developed to incorporate instructional design elements such as customized instruction or feedback.
- xAPI Specification. xAPI is gaining support and momentum. The specification allows you to break down data silos across systems and share learner data.
We look forward to continuing collaboration efforts and information sharing to improve implementation guidance and technical specifications for DoD distributed learning. Please share some of your thoughts about current trends and future implications for distributed learning. What have you discovered?
IMAGE: Networking, collaborating, and information sharing with the distributed learning community.
(Top Left and Center Image Credit: National Training and Simulation Association).