With technology and processes changing at lightning speed, the days when Marines could take the time to read and digest a manual to upgrade their skills and knowledge is gone. However, quickly learning new technologies and processes is no longer a challenge because the Marine Corps Global Combat Support System unit has a new “Jump Site” developed from the collaborative partnership between the Marine Corps, IR Technology, and NCMS.
“One of the many benefits of the Just-in-Time Learning project is that Marine Corps maintainers will have immediate access to vital training content and other information in a centralized place that will help upgrade their skills and keep them as productive as possible. Training is one of the most important aspects of the Marine Corps’ maintenance and sustainment activities, and the Jump Site tool will greatly enhance that endeavor,” says Marc Sharp, project manager with NCMS.
The site contains a library of announcements, on-demand training videos, hotfixes, updates, helpful links, and is available 24/7. The new training site went live on August 8th.
“With the guidance of Marine Corps subject matter expert (SME), Captain Ross Hrynewych, a massive amount of detailed information was funneled to a focal point. Using the Global Content Delivery System we can now distribute GCSS-MC system information worldwide in under four hours as opposed to each individual piece of information coming to the Marines via emails,” says Paul Southerland, principal consultant with IR Technologies.
The curriculum cut-over from Oracle 11i to Oracle 12r went smoothly and the over-the-shoulder training videos from peer subject matter experts have been well received. Just-in-Time Learning delivers content to the right personnel at the right time. This site was designed with scalability in mind that may not only encompass the U.S. Marine Corps but can be adapted throughout the DoD enterprise.
“The Marine Corps SME Team, Doug Kosky, and Katie Bryan of the GCSS-MC Program Management Office guided the design,” says Southerland. “The fact that it went live without any issues a few weeks ago and there have been no complaints, is due to the front-end collaboration.”