Introducing the Experience API from ADL

Posted by Steve Lay

Earlier this month delegates converged on Orlando for the ADL iFest. ADL, or the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, is part of the US Department of Defense and has a mission to “standardize and modernize training and education management and delivery”. You can follow the iFest conversation using the twitter hash tag #ifest12 or follow ADL directly @ADL_Initiative

One of the ADL’s current projects is to develop the next generation of the popular SCORM standard. This work has been dubbed their Training & Learning Architecture (which you may sometimes see abbreviated to TLA). An important component of this effort was project “Tin Can” which came up with a new API for learning activities. The API was launched successfully at the recent mLearnCon conference, where Questionmark demonstrated our own commitment to the future of the standard.

With growing interest in the API it needed a name. Aaron Silvers blogged a request for suggestions on the ADL website: you can read through the various suggestions there. There were lots! As someone who frequently gives talks on integration topics I must admit I’m slightly relieved that they have come up with a simpler name. According the recent iFest announcements the API will now be known as the “Experience API“.

I’ll be very interested to see the impact of the Experience API and will write more about it as ADL moves forward.

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