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The Digital Learning Asset Framework was the result of an international braintrust of experts in the Learning & Development field from a diverse array of industries, geographies, and interests. Our intention was to provide new vision for the use of current tools/standards, and new inspiration for future learning technologies.

The Framework is open, extensible, and complimentary to existing standards/systems for creating, delivering, and evaluating training. Version 1.0 was released under Creative Commons license and is free for you to use! Our top five resources are available here (scroll down for more): Click to download

  1. One-Page Reference (PDF)
  2. Getting Started Guide (post)
  3. The Framework Implementation Toolkit (post & .zip file)
  4. Understanding The Digital Learning Asset Framework (YouTube playlist)
  5. press release (PDF)


In late 2017, I gathered thirty brilliant minds from a variety of areas in L&D (video to VR, from standards to usability to gamification to microlearning, from cognitive development to artificial intelligence) in hope of making it easier for Learning & Development Professionals like you and me to make, manage, and measure training.

The big idea was to use design thinking to solve some of the most pervasive and persistent problems in content management for organizational learning. Together, our collective sought to align the strategies, tactics, tools, and techniques of training with the principles that should direct them. While many of these principles apply beyond the world of eLearning, the scope of this initial effort was only digital learning assets. This was supposed to be just the beginning...

Seventeen members ratified the final output: a one page guide (released under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license for anyone to use freely) that is Version 1.0. The Digital Learning Asset Framework was intended to provide a new foundation for the Learning & Development Industry, and to elevate the level of discussion by providing a ground floor of common practices.

Announced in January of 2018 at the Training, Learning, & Development Conference, the Framework was followed by a series of targeted webinars, podcasts, press releases, Q&A videos, daily website content, weekly newsletters, additional resources, and other outreach efforts to the L&D Community.

Then, after several months, this website suddenly went down for a while due to an unfortunate technical issue (oops!). But when the content flow stopped...no one seemed to notice (drat!).

After investing nearly a thousand hours of (intentionally non-monetizable) work into this open-source project that was designed to be community driven, I decided that L&D community simply wasn't showing enough interest in return. Though a few brave people had signed up to learn more, some expressed interest in the idea, almost no one seemed willing to put these simple ideas into practice and use them solve real problems in the real world. I promptly lost the will to invest any more of my time, energy, money, and efforts.

Though the vision of this Framework has not died, the project has. This website exists to host the legacy content, and it contains all you need to take The Digital Learning Asset Framework and run with it.


Below is our other legacy content, it is simply a dozen of the once 100+ pages that were hosted here. Please note that these pages may contain links to forms or other content that is no longer active.

  1. original announcement transcript from TLDC18
  2. Training Magazine webinar: The Digital Learning Asset Framework
  3. Learning Now podcast: Sam Rogers on The Digital Learning Asset Framework
  4. eLearning Industry article: Why Measure Training?
  5. Post: The Y/N Test
  6. Q&A Post: Who owns this Framework?
  7. Q&A Post: What about xAPI?
  8. Q&A Post: What about the Kirkpatrick model?
  9. Q&A Post: What's with the text files?
  10. Q&A Post: When doesn't this framework work?
  11. Q&A Post: What are the intended impacts?
  12. Q&A Post: Who made this Framework?

Thank you for visiting, and for ALL you do to make the world a better place!


Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers
Project Leader
The Digital Learning Asset Framework


P.S. If you're interested in how I've adapted this vision and what I'm up to these days, please contact me at LinkedIn.

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