Using OASIS DITA Learning Maps to Align with Standards and Model Learning Pathways

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The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an OASIS specification that defines a set of XML document types for authoring and organizing topic-oriented information, including maps to sequence topics and other resources into structured collections, and taxonomy-driven metadata to classify content in both topics and maps.

DITA 1.2 now also includes a Learning and Training specification, which includes learning map, learning topics, learning metadata, and learning interactions components, all supporting a “learning objects” approach to managing and delivering educational content.

Attend this session to learn about the DITA features that support interoperability standards for K-12 education, including overviews and working samples of:

  • A DITA subject scheme map to manage US Common Core, State, and local educational standards as a taxonomy, including alignment across grades, subjects, and related standards.
  • A DITA learning map to model the path through subject areas, topics, and objectives in the Common Core to specific outcomes, and track individual student progress against the objectives.
  • A look at how DITA learning maps align with related work underway by the Gates Foundation and Applied Minds to define a data model for learning pathways.

John Hunt


John Hunt is a widely-known industry leader in structured content design and reuse architectures. He has deep expertise and experience in the application of XML-based technologies to the authoring and delivery of technical content, user assistance, training, and K-12 education.

John is a core member of IBM workgroup responsible for developing the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an XML standard for modular, reusable content, and for bringing it to public adoption by
the OASIS standards organization.

As a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, John led the work to develop the design and specification for the DITA 1.2 Learning and Training content specialization.


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