The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative’s) current focus is to develop new specifications and standards, suited to the current technology environment, capable of adapting both in the face of future technological innovation, and to learners’needs, devices, and contexts. In order to accomplish this, ADL is developing the Training and Learning Architecture (TLA). The TLA will enable those who currently create and deploy distributed learning content to take advantage of a cloud computing environment. This will be accomplished by developing four functional areas: Experience Tracking, Content Brokering, Competency Framework, and Learner Profiles. ADL is also conducting research and development on technologies to support a Personal Assistant for Learning (PAL). A PAL will guide and support lifelong learning, anticipate learner needs, recommend learning resources and partners, while taking into account the current context and device affordances. As this work progresses, the PAL research can inform needed functionality for the TLA, and the TLA can support needed architectures, standards, and specifications for the PAL.

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