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Canadian ADL Partnership Lab opens

With the new ADL Lab in Ottawa, Canada will be the second non-US site in the ADL co-lab network. In a sense, it is a return to base, as the Canadian forces had quite an input in the early development of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) e-learning format.

The new facility in Ottawa, Ontario is a joint effort with the existing Defence Learning Network (DLN) Test-Lab of the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The e-learning under LCdr Roger St-Pierre will be adding the ADL lab to their existing work on establishing Canada's comprehensive e-learning facilities for the forces: the DLN.

The unit is not exactly new to ADL, as much of the early research and development work that went into what is now ADL's best known activitity, the SCORM, was carried out there. More recent contributions of the DND unit include the development work on truly re-purposable e-learning content under Captain Peter Hope.

Activities of the new lab will include consultation and conformance testing of the SCORM, raising awareness of ADL work in the forces, do applied e-learning research and development and collaborating with other Canadian Federal government departments and agencies in their effort to develop and adopt e-Learning standards and specifications.

The new ADL lab will be the second non-US one after the UK Lab in Telford, Shropshire. The other labs that together make up ADL include an academic lab at Wisconsin, a joint (US) forces one in Florida, a recent workforce one in Tennessee, a technology centre in Pennsylvania and the central lab at Alexandria.

Resources

The Canadian Partner Lab page at the ADL website.

The Defence Learning Network (DLN) Test-Lab website.

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