United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in Collaboration with New 'adlCommunity' Issues World-Wide Call for Case Studies Covering ADL, SCORM, CORDRA and Blended Learning

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Collaboration will allow both organizations to educate and inform distance learning communities throughout the world on ADL, SCORM, CORDRA and the entire Blended Learning model.

Today the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA® - http://www.usdla.org ), the nation's premier distance learning association in collaboration with a new virtual community called adlCommunity.net is issuing a call for case studies covering Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM®), Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration Architecture (CORDRA™) and Blended Learning.

This new adlCommunity.net organization is dedicated to supporting the global advancement of distributed learning and is directed by Judy Brown, who was formerly the Director of the Academic ADL Co-lab at the University of Wisconsin System in Madison.    Academic ADL Co-Lab is a collaborative effort between government, industry, and academia designed to permit interoperability of learning tools and course content on a global scale for the broader education and training.

"This new level of collaboration is tremendous for USDLA and the global ADL learning community," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO, USDLA. To that end, USDLA and the adlCommunity.net will launch this expanded relationship by issuing a world-wide call for case studies beginning November 3, 2006, covering ADL/SCORM/CORDRA to include blended learning best practices which will be published in a future edition of the USDLA Distance Learning...A Magazine for Leaders publication.

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) employs a structured, adaptive, collaborative effort between the public and private sectors to develop the standards, tools and learning content for the learning environment of the future. The vision of the ADL Initiative (http://www.adlnet.gov ) is to provide access to the highest-quality learning and performance aiding that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere.

"Once again, I am pleased to see USDLA's commitment to informing and educating the global learning community on the use of SCORM and related tools to include a call for illustrative case studies," said Dr. Robert A. Wisher, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. "We share a common vision of bringing the highest quality training and education to learners, wherever they may be in the world. In addition, our collaboration via the adlCommunity.net will engage all of us who are advancing the possibilities for distributed learning."

The adlCommunity.net is a completely independent organization formed outside the official ADL government sponsored initiative that is based around both sponsored and volunteer communities of interest. "Our goal is to unite the many interests and stakeholders by offering to facilitate their online interaction under one virtual roof," explains Judy Brown. "If a responsible moderator appears for a topic of interest to the community, they will be able to start their own area."

One of the first monitored communities to start up was "Design and Development", where the knowledge base of SCORM expertise will be available. SCORM is a set of software standards, supported by the ADL Initiative over the last decade, for creating distributed learning content that is compatible with most training systems and authoring tools. "It has become the de facto standard for online delivery interoperability around the world" notes Paul Jesukiewicz, newly appointed Deputy Director of the ADL Initiative.

The adlCommunity.net is also the home for users groups covering the ADL-Registry, ADL-Registry Users Group (ADL-RUG). The ADL-Registry is a newly launched on-line service designed by the ADL Initiative and operated by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). It will contain data (metadata actually) about courses and learning objects in hundreds of content repositories across the Department of Defense (DoD).

The ADL Registry is the first instance of the CORDRA framework. CORDRA (Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture) is an open, standards-based model for how to design and implement software systems for the purposes of discovery, sharing and reuse of learning content through the establishment of interoperable federations of learning content repositories.

In addition to this new level of collaboration, USDLA continues to increase and improve member benefits every year to include the new USDLA Distance Learning magazine, timely news alerts, press releases, bookstores, career opportunity postings, the new complimentary Distance Learning 101 courses for students and instructors and the new Nova Southeastern University / USDLA Distance Learning Leadership Certificate Program as well as discounts to various conferences in the distance learning industry.

About the adlCommunity.net

The adlCommunity.net site is supported initially by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative to support advanced distributed learning and to gain feedback from implementers. The intention is to bring together both resources (papers, examples, tutorials, etc.) and people with similar interests and to establish a vibrant community where all work together to share and improve learning. http://www.adlcommunity.net

About the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

Prior releases from USDLA:

USDLA 2006 Awards Presented For Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements: http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/Awards2006/prweb454333.htm#

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Establishes Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC):


Distance-Educator.com Collaborates with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA): http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/distancelearning/prweb420136.htm

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Announces Quarterly Supplement in USA Today: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/6/prweb396750.htm

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