A Sailor’s life can be challenging. New assignments at new locations are practically a norm, and it can be difficult to plan one’s life and one’s career, as well as strictly follow a training plan towards reaching a career goal.
There is, however, a capability that conforms to the flexibility that a Sailor requires in order to achieve career advancement. Navy e-Learning allows Sailors to take the courses and training that they need in order to help boost their career, wherever they may be, and whenever they are available.
Navy e-Learning is available to Sailors anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. It currently offers more than 7,500 courses, and boasts of being “one of the largest Web-based training systems today.” Sailors can access them ashore, and while deployed on ships and in submarines.
Navy e-Learning has been in existence since 2001, but as its content and number of users grew over time, it was necessary update its system as well. As such, the U.S. Navy has converted all electronic training course content from the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) into the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) 2004 format for delivery by the Learning Management System (LMS).
Hank Reeves, Navy e-Learning Project Director, shared: “SCORM is mandated by Department of Defense Instruction 1322.26, and it’s the best approach for Web-based e-learning courseware interoperability… In simple terms, SCORM is like the DVD standard for distributing digital films. A DVD-formatted movie plays on any video disc player, regardless of manufacturer. Having all e-learning content packaged in SCORM format reduces the cost of testing, hosting, and managing content deployment.”