PeBL: a next-generation mobile platform for adaptive immersive training
TODAY'S CHALLENGES, TOMORROW'S NEED, FUTURE TRENDS
he Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative's open source Personalized eBooks for Learning (PeBL) project (www.peblproject.org) has developed a specification based on industry standards that enables eBooks to become versatile mobile training platforms running on standard tablets and e-Readers. PeBL eBooks include Experience API (xAPI)-based reporting and data analytics. They can adapt their content based on user profiles or preferences; embed or launch interactive elements such as assessments, simulations, and virtual reality applications; enable learners and instructors to collaborate via discussion forums, voice, and shared annotations; and make use of device sensors such as a GPS or accelerometer. PeBL has been used to create field notebooks with embedded resources and built-in connectivity to experts, and to develop cybersecurity training that adapts to learner models shared with games, simulations, and eLearning systems. This paper discusses the PeBL architecture and specification, existing applications, and their role in future training environments.