Navy training center tags coursework with XML

Navy training center tags coursework with XML

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division will have the course content of its electronic classes tagged in Extensible Markup Language and moved onto the Web.

The project, dubbed Red Knot, will move about 8,000 weeks of training courses from the Navy's Authoring Instructional Materials system into the Skillsoft Snowbird template from SkillSoft Corp., a developer of electronic learning courses in Nashua, N.H.

With the transfer, which will begin in April, the Navy expects to save time and money by training its employees on site at their own pace.

During the initial phase, which began last month, the company took a Navy hydraulics course, exported it from AIM as an XML file and inserted it into the SkillSoft's Snowbird toolset.

'The benefits of finding a way to efficiently convert course knowledge to a format that allows our personnel to access it any time and from virtually any location are significant," said Benn Aaronson, program manager for the division's Electronic Training Environment.

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