Leading Vendors Form E-Learning Task Force

April 17, 2001

Piscataway, N.J., April 16, 2001: E-learning industry leaders have joined forces with the U.S. Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL), a Department of Defense program aimed at unifying learning technology research, development, and implementations, to establish the Customized Learning Experience Online (CLEO) Lab. The goal of the CLEO Lab is to conduct focused, applied research on technical and instructional design issues related to ADL’s Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) specification.

Composed of Cisco Systems, Click2Learn, IBM Mindspan Solutions, Microsoft Corporation and NETg, CLEO Lab is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). The CLEO Lab participants will direct their applied research toward bridging the gap between commercial e-learning technologies, open specifications and emerging capabilities–such as performance support, simulation and intelligent tutoring–to expedite the continued development of the SCORM specification. To accelerate progress, the project will fund research by leading academics from Carnegie Mellon University and the Open University, U.K.

“ADL is excited that these companies have joined together to develop key next generation e-learning technologies that will support best practices,” says Paul Jesukiewicz, Director of the ADL Co-Laboratory. “This highly focused applied research will bring to the web a tailored, highly individualized, and effective learning experience.”

The work of CLEO Lab will build upon ADL’s SCORM specification, a compilation of mature e-learning interoperability specifications developed by the AICC, IMS and IEEE LTSC organizations. The goal of CLEO Lab is to expedite progress on the specification, and to enable future SCORM releases to support a broad set of sound learning experiences. Research results from the CLEO Lab will be contributed to consortia developing e-learning interoperability specifications in support of the ADL SCORM initiative. The IEEE-ISTO will manage the day-to-day activities of the project.

About the IEEE-ISTO

The IEEE-ISTO (http://www.ieee-isto.org) is a not-for-profit corporation offering standards-related industry groups an innovative and flexible operational forum and support. The IEEE-ISTO provides a forum to facilitate activities that support the implementation and acceptance of standards in the marketplace. The organization is affiliated with the IEEE (http://www.ieee.org/) and the IEEE Standards Association (http://standards.ieee.org/). Currently there are eight initiatives (including CLEO) organized as programs of the IEEE-ISTO: Broadband Wireless Internet Forum, Medical Device Communications Industry Group, MessageML Forum, Nexus 5001 Forum, Printer Working Group, 1355 Association, and VoiceXML Forum.

Contact Information

Greg Kohn

Program Manager, CLEO Lab


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