Many companies that are starting to organize their in-house professional development using elearning systems, are confronted with the question whether to create their courses SCORM-compliant, or if other options are the better choice. In this article we explain what SCORM is all about, how to create SCORM-compliant courses and in which cases it is best to use SCORM.
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a standard for the distribution and exchange of electronic learning programmes. It enables learning modules from all kinds of sources to be compatible with various learning management systems (LMS) and that the learning progress of each learner can be transferred to the LMS safely.
SCORM was developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative by order of the US Department of Defense. It was continually developed further over the years, so that there are several different SCORM standards now. The versions that are used most frequently are SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004.
In 2015, the ADL specified a new standard called experience API (xAPI, also Tin Can API) that has more features:
The only drawback is that the xAPI standard is not very common at present and the majority of LMS does not support it yet. Thus, it is only used by a small group of people right now.
To create SCORM-compliant courses is not hard. Here is the standard procedure:
If your main business is the creation of elearning content for third parties, your customers will most likely use a learning management system. In order for your courses to run on your customer’s LMS, they have to be SCORM-compliant.
If you set up an LMS for your customers and they compile their learning content from different sources it has to be made sure, that those courses work on the LMS. This can be achieved through SCORM.
In both of these cases, the possibility to easily transfer SCORM content packages from one place to the other will benefit you. SCORM-compliant content can be transferred in the twinkling of an eye through download and upload.
If you want to be able to track and record the learning progress, SCORM is the easiest way to go. Regardless of your background being in the field of company professional development or in the field of general education, to be able to see the individual learning progress is a key feature in the world of elearning.
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