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Continuity among users is one of the key components to U.S. military readiness. This is accomplished by implementing and rigorously enforcing standards, specifically in the area of software and information technology (IT) used in military systems by all Services. The...

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The ADL initiative’s Partnership Network is comprised of US-based government agencies, international military entities, and select US-based academic institutions that work collaboratively to conduct research, share learnings, and support implementation to encourage advancements in learning technology. Recently, the US ADL...

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On 21 September 2022, the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) announced that the Future Defense Learning Research Team was awarded the Human Performance and Resources Group’s Human Resources Technical Panel Team Achievement Award for their analysis of the Twenty-Five Emerging Trends...

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The Distributed Learning processes and technologies increasingly used by the U.S. military for personnel training are again demonstrating their effectiveness in international military exercises. A team sponsored by the ADL Initiative, successfully performed the 10th test of electronic and online...

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iFEST 2022 focused on the value of working together to build the DoD’s future learning ecosystem. In today’s connected world, projects that achieve enterprise-level interoperability and widespread adoption depend on building partnerships. iFEST 2022 Conference Chair Angie Gamble looks on...

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Sae Schatz, Ph.D., who served seven years as the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative Director, is separating from DoD civil service as of August 12, 2022. Her tenure will be remembered as a turning point for the program, helping the...

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A recent evaluation of the ADL Initiative’s PERvasive Learning Systems provides a glimpse into how microlearning can benefit personnel skills and readiness. PERLS was put through controlled testing with the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with...

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The modernization of DoD’s eLearning systems is fueled by an ever-increasing variety of education and training technologies. To enable a Department-wide, data-driven learning ecosystem, a distributed learning strategy is required to harness the right tools and create the right partnerships....

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The ADL Initiative is accelerating adoption of data-driven learning technologies that will enable an interoperable digital ecosystem by providing no-cost training at the Total Learning Architecture (TLA) PlugFest in Alexandria, Virginia, on 22-23 June 2022. TLA PlugFest is intended for...

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At Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, Air Force pilots at the 4th Operations Group (OG) are benefiting from the integration of the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) into their training. xAPI is a data standard for tracking...

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2021 Year in Review

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Resilience was the theme for 2021. Despite a host of pandemic-driven disruptions, the ADL Initiative was able to apply innovative technology-driven strategies across its portfolio of projects. The program’s researchers, project managers, outreach coordinators, and support staff matured elements of...

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The 2021 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) brought over 13,000 people to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The world's largest modeling, simulation, and training event featured hundreds of technical papers, technology tutorials, expert panels, and...

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The modernization of DoD’s digital learning ecosystem features the use of technologies that allow on-demand education and training. One of these technologies is the PERvasive Learning Systems (PERLS), an open-source platform designed to optimize anytime/anywhere learning opportunities for mobile device...

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With a theme of Innovating and Accelerating Training: Adapting to an Unexpected Future!, the I/ITSEC conference returns to Orlando on 29 November to 3 December 2021, and the ADL Initiative will participate in several ways. Program leadership and R&D team...

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An important component of the U.S. National Defense Strategy is the modernization of DoD’s education and training systems—through the development of new technologies, advances in learning science, and implementation of new policies and business practices. To lay the strategic foundation...

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional standards association is on track to release the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) version 2.0 as an international standard within the next six months. Recognizing xAPI as a global data standard...

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iFEST 2021 focused on the growing imperative for education and training innovation, including data-centric reforms needed to create a DoD-wide interoperable learning ecosystem. Over 525 participants joined the virtual discussion to learn from policymakers, senior military officials, and technology leaders...

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The cmi5 specification was created by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative to provide an alternative to the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) set of specifications.

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iFEST 2021, the premier annual event for showcasing the latest distributed learning science and technology, will be held 31 August to 2 September 2021. In addition to deep-dive discussions with leaders from military agencies, industry, and academia, iFEST 2021 features...

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The ADL Initiative is chairing the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) study group for Enterprise Learner Records. The new data standard, numbered IEEE P2997, will harmonize the structure of learner record metadata generated...

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