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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

AICC Establishes Forum for Adobe Authorware Issues

The AICC has established an open, registration-required, discussion forum for issues relating to the end-of-development for Adobe Authorware. This action has created significant uncertainty and is expected to have significant financial and technical ramifications across many industries. The AICC Authorware End-of-Development Discussion Forum is a place to contribute your feedback, comments and observations for an open letter to Adobe from the training community.

The live discussion at the AICC Meeting has already resulted in a variety of RFP requirements, risk management strategies, conversion strategies, tools & services proposals, and criteria for selection of future and alternative suppliers and technologies. Concerns included avoiding trading one opaque/proprietary format for another, IE7 compatibility, Vista compatibility, and the sheer scope and resource requirements of completely redeveloping content from scratch.

It was generally agreed that partial, but not complete, conversion from Authorware to other formats may be acceptable. Further discussion revealed that individual organizations may have specific categories of content and conversion could likely be "hand-tuned" to increase the fidelity/success with that content. Extra or custom effort to achieve such conversions is considered acceptable.

Some interesting alternatives include migrations from Adobe Authorware to Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS), HTML/DHTML, and/or Microsoft Silverlight rather than Adobe AIR, Director MX 2004, Flash, or Flex.

Participants also called for a prompt response from Adobe regarding their plans for a roadmap, response or guidance-- many organization are currently making development plans, technology selections, and preparing RFPs for this calendar year. Discussion notes are included in the AICC Meeting minutes, which will be posted after this week's meeting conclude on September 27, 2007.

Please visit the AICC Authorware End-of-Development Discussion Forum to learn additional information or share your feedback and ideas.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Final Published Agenda for St. Louis Meetings

Seriously this is it-- this excellent agenda is final! Small changes have been made to the presentation schedule for Tuesday, and Thursday. An updated meeting agenda is now available online for the AICC meeting Sept 24-27, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri USA.

Note: Though considered final, the agenda may receive minor updates on site if there are last minute changes from presenters. Please see the AICC Meeting Information page which always has the most current agenda. The meeting facilitator will announce any ad hoc meeting changes on site each day. However, we strive to avoid such changes if possible.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

ADL-AICC Workshop on Standards Convergence

Representatives of the organizations responsible for the dominant LMS standards specifications will meet to address critical considerations for convergence and collaboration. General implementers and vendors would likely both benefit from a common approach that leverages the expertise and resources of both ADL and the AICC.

During upcoming AICC meetings, the ADL and AICC will meet on Thursday, September 27, 2007 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Boeing Training and Support Systems facility in St. Louis, Missouri to discuss possible collaboration and convergence on a future release of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).

Motivating the workshop are the origins of ADL SCORM in the AICC CMI specification, the gradual technical divergence of CMI and SCORM, and the anticipated benefits for both organizations, their constituents and the tremendous number of LMS adopters across the globe.

The workshop occurs in the context of ADL’s interest in progressing SCORM as an ISO/IEC standard. Both ADL and AICC are participating in the formation of a new international collaboration for Learning, Education and Training Systems interoperability (working name: LETSI). In 2008, LETSI will assume responsibility for future maintenance and evolution of the SCORM specification.

The workshop will address aspects of a possible SCORM collaboration, including: implementer requirements, technical coverage, conformance testing, funding and resource requirements, and economic benefits. Workshop participation is open, subject to normal AICC meeting participation guidelines and reasonable meeting host requirements for site access.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Minor Updates to St. Louis Agenda

Small changes have been made to the presentation schedule for Tuesday, and for Thursday morning. An updated meeting agenda is now available online for the AICC meeting Sept 24-27, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri USA.
Note: Though considered final, the agenda may receive minor updates if there are last minute changes from presenters. Please see the AICC Meeting Information page which always has the most current agenda.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Final Agenda for St. Louis Meeting

A final meeting agenda is now available online for the AICC meeting Sept 24-27, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri USA. Note: Though considered final, the agenda may receive minor updates if there are last minute changes from presenters. Please see the AICC Meeting Information page which always has the most current agenda.

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