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Learning and Development

Learning and Development Domain

The Learning and Development (L&D) Domain enhances the interoperability and standardization of information exchange between the gamut of learning and development systems including formal and informal training and education; on-the-job learning and performance support tools; career field management and planning tools; and many other human capital management systems used across industry, academia, and government. 

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The L&D domain promotes enterprise-level collection, sharing, dissemination, and analysis of data that support the planning and controlling of human capital accession, including education and training.

The L&D domain will build on a common set of goals and objectives across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the whole of Government’s education and training communities to ensure data are used effectively, resulting in a federated data catalog that makes learner data available to the systems that need it.


The IT domain is stewarded by the Office of the Undersecretary for Defense’s Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. Co-chair opportunities are highly encouraged. Government agencies that are interested in education and training, particularly in data interoperability, participate in this domain. The L&D domain has an inclusive governance structure that can include federal, state, local, industry, and international partnerships.

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Word Cloud Learning and Development

This word cloud shows the most commonly used Learning and Domain language from the ADL Initiative’s keystone document, “Modernizing Learning”. 

It is anticipated that many new terms will be added to the NIEM domain based on L&D domain actions.
Download the current release of the NIEM model to learn more.

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For questions or to request domain membership, contact us.