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Navy Knowledge Online Announces Improvements

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Story Number: NNS050518-14
Release Date: 5/18/2005 12:48:00 PM

(Captain's Call Kit - Important Navy information prepared in an easy to distribute format.)

By Jon Gagne, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), the Navy’s premier interactive education and training tool for Sea Warriors, is moving into another phase of service to the fleet.

The Web site is a one-stop knowledge location for Navy education, training and professional growth management.

Unprecedented growth over the last 12 months prompted a redesign to improve usability and ease navigation for individual users searching for content specific to their needs. There are now more than 480,000 worldwide users of NKO.

“Our cutover to the redesigned NKO requires transitioning the original NKO site with the same functionality and capabilities to new servers, using new and current portal technology and migrating more than 20 gigabytes of data, content and courses,” said Peg David, the NKO program manager for the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Pensacola. “It has been a huge undertaking, but will prove to be well worth the effort.”

Vice Adm. Kevin Moran, NETC commander and the Navy’s chief learning officer, noted the NKO update was based on Sailor input.

“The upgrades resulted from months of evaluation and extensive input from fleet Sailors throughout the world,” said Moran. “Users will find a more intuitive display with detailed help instructions and will be able to find relevant content with fewer mouse clicks. The new layout focuses on content related to the individual, based on location in NKO and the user’s status, whether-active duty, Reserve or civilian.”

Once the new phase of NKO is launched in June of this year, Sailors will be able to use all of the functions they have become familiar with over the last several months, including white pages, message boards, notifications, administrator functions and a fully-integrated NKO library. All user-specific tabs and bookmarks will be retained under the upgrade.

Several additional upgrades are in progress to provide better support to the fleet.

“A combined Sea Warrior afloat working group is making steady progress to integrate NKO afloat with several programs, such as the Job Advertising and Selection System and 5 Vector Model via the NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command) distance support portal,” said David. “More details will follow later this year.”

Sailors can learn more about NKO’s redesign functionalities and capabilities by exploring the links on the NKO homepage. Detailed instructions, user guides and tutorials can be found under the “Inside NKO” tab. These links and learning tools will be updated as the redesign cutover approaches and will be found on the NKO homepage under “About NKO”.

For more information about Navy Knowledge Online or to jumpstart your career educational planning, visit the Navy Knowledge Online Web site at www.nko.navy.mil.




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