ADL_Logo_2013-320X202Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative is excited to announce that two members of the ADL team, Dr. Elaine Raybourn, and new Director, Dr. Sae Schatz, are nominees for the Best Tutorial Award! Raybourn’s tutorial, “Transmedia Learning in the Wild: Supporting Military Training Through Story-driven Engagement” is from 8:30 -10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Schatz will lead her tutorial, “Elevate Your Instruction: Practical Tactics to Maximize Military Learning” from 12:45 – 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Both tutorials are in room S320A. The winner from the track “M&S: Simply the Best” will be announced that evening at the speaker reception.

Throughout the week, ADL team members will be in booth #2619 and are available to discuss and show our open-source technology. ADL Partnership Lab directors (from Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom), as well as several Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) performers, will also have a presence in the booth. This is a great opportunity to learn more about ADL’s vision for the future of Learning Science and Technology, and how to collaborate with us.

ADL is currently accepting Quad Charts (the first step in the proposal process for the BAA) until Dec. 7, 2015. If you are interested in submitting to the BAA, go to http://1.usa.gov/1QGGVxM, and click on the zip file in the center of the page for FY16 interest areas.

In addition, members of ADL’s team will be leading paper presentations on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 3. All of these papers and times can be found on the Team Orlando at I/ITSEC calendar.

Team Orlando-ADL-Virtual World Sandbox-screenshot-wFinally, the highlight of the week will be the Virtual World (VW) Sandbox PlugFest Activity on Wed., Dec. 2! The VW Sandbox is a FREE, open-source game development tool that enables users to collaboratively author and deploy web-based simulations. It begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room S330D; the first hour will provide an overview of the tool and the opportunity to see a demonstration of a simulation in action. Starting at 10:30 a.m., attendees will be introduced to the editor tools and then will begin a hands-on exercise designing, developing, and playing their own simulation with Experience API (xAPI) tracking.

Registration for the VW Sandbox PlugFest Activity is $95 and includes access to the exhibit floor, any of the day’s events and papers, and lunch. To register for the event, visit https://secure2.rhq.com/iitsec/iitsec2015/public/index.cgi?track=attendee, enter promotional code “PLGFST,” and select registration type “Wednesday Only.” Please note if you have full I/ITSEC registration, registration for the VW Sandbox PlugFest Activity is already included.

We look forward to seeing you at I/ITSEC!