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 winning best tutorial award for "Elevate your Instruction: Practical Tactics to Maximize Military Learning."
A constant stream of visitors stopped by our booth to learn more about our open-source projects such as the Mobile Learning Reference Model, Experience API (xAPI), and Virtual World Sandbox. Information on our Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process and how to become an International Partner were also hot topics. Those who had questions even had the opportunity to talk to our current partners and performers first-hand.
Our paper presentations were highly attended and the Virtual World Sandbox PlugFest, our main event for the conference, was standing room only for the introduction and overview. Dr. Schatz opened and Rob Chadwick continued by providing an overview and demonstration of the Sandbox. A lot of hard work went into this event. A new version of the Sandbox was released a week prior (involved 718 changes) resulting in massive speed increases in the scripting engine, a more responsive user interface, and major improvements to the documentation. Those who stayed for the hands-on portion were impressed with the VW Sandbox's capabilities and ease-of-use. Attendees conducted a step-by-step walk-through and were able to take their day's work back to their offices.
The ADL Partnership Network met on Thursday of I/ITSEC to discuss global priorities surrounding Learning Science & Technology. The Partnership Directors also participated in brainstorming sessions on how to improve and expand our international network.
We are excited for what's to come and the new energy around ADL Initiative!
If you are interested in documentation from I/ITSEC 2015, our papers and tutorial materials are below.