The Advanced Distributed Learning's Total Learning Architecture: IDA Report 2020
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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The field of distance learning in education and training has experienced an onslaught of new learning technologies and a wide range of innovations in teaching methods and in learner management. The Advanced Distributed Learning ADL Initiative and its coalition of stakeholders has responded by developing and promoting a new architectural model that supports the new realities of online learning, called the Total Learning Architecture TLA. The TLA enables the full range of innovations in pedagogy and learning management being explored in educational institutions and in government and industry training departments. This report provides a discussion of the motivation for and history of the TLA development, a description of activities of the TLA Working Group in 2019-2020, and some recommendations for future directions based on an analysis of the TLAs strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The report ends with a discussion of the importance of the ADL Initiative. The ADL brings in ideas about new approaches from academia and from the private sector. It supports innovators, facilitates community development and communication about lessons learned, identifies needed standards, and recommends policy guidelines that dramatically reduce the lifetime costs of state-of-the-art training and education.
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