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iFEST 2021

August 30 @ 8:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm

Save the Date!

In collaboration with the NTSA, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative is excited to announce iFEST 2021. iFEST is the premier conference on Distributed Learning, bringing together thought leaders, innovators, and senior officials from government, industry, and academia to collaborate and share the latest challenges and innovations in the field. iFEST 2021 is being planned as an online conference with opportunities for some in-person sessions from August 30 – September 1, 2021.

iFEST 2021 Call for Ideas
  • Opens January 15, 2021, and closes March 15, 2021.
  • Ideas may be submitted for six Topical Areas.
  • Formats include Presentations, Tutorials, Posters, and Activities.
  • Notification of Acceptance will be sent on April 16.

Potential speakers may submit Ideas via the NTSA submission site. Presenters will be selected based upon the quality and fit of their submissions. Full papers are not required.

Submit Your Idea

Each year, iFEST focuses on five common lines of effort plus an annual timely topic. The 2021 topics are:

  • Learning Technology – Digital learning systems, including new platforms or new ways to use learning platforms.
  • Technology Interoperability – Interoperability within systems or applications, including specifications, interface and data standards, and technical considerations for implementing a modern continuum of learning.
  • Learning Data – Data within the context of learning systems to include improved measurement, storage, handling, analysis, visualization, and use.
  • Digital Learning Science – Effective application of learning science, particularly for technology-enabled learning and learning ecosystem contexts.
  • Policy – Policy, process, and governance considerations relevant to the distributed learning community.
  • Annual Timely Topic: Learning and Thriving in the New Normal – The pandemic required organizations to pivot online from in-person workplaces, classes, and events. What lessons have been learned to adapt to this “New Normal”? How are organizations building and improving on past practices to create new and better ways of doing things?


  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Posters
  • Activities – New this year!

For more detailed information on the Call for Ideas and conference updates, please visit

For questions regarding the Call for Ideas, please contact Julie Lowndes at


August 30 – September 1, 2021


Online Conference


Reneé Despot
Associate Director, Operations
(703) 247-9490

National Defense Industrial Association
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201



August 30 @ 8:00 am
September 1 @ 5:00 pm