SCORM- a Shareable Content Object Reference Model- is a set of technical criteria for eLearning software products. SCORMS are created based on specific standards, which makes them work across different Learning Management Systems (LMSs), just like a USB works in various devices.
What is SCORM?
A Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a set of technical criteria for eLearning software products. It is a zip file that contains a single course activity or a whole course packaged in a standardized format. SCORMS are created based on specific standards, which makes them work across different Learning Management Systems (LMSs), just like a USB works in various devices.
The great thing about SCORM files is that content once created can be used in many different systems and situations without modification. Achieving basic SCORM conformance for your content can often be accomplished by a talented software developer in a reasonable time frame.
What does a SCORM course look like?
It depends on the content. Most SCORM courses follow a similar structure. A SCORM course is like a powerpoint presentation with an extra layer of interactivity.
Also, when a SCORM course is being taken there are many pieces of data being monitored, like where learner left off, lesson status (pass, fail, complete, incomplete), score learner got, and interactions (individual answers to exam questions, time spent, etc.).
Should I use SCORMs?
Choose whether or not to use SCORM is a balance between the benefits of its use versus the time and money spent implementing it. Your decision will also depend on the type of training you want to deliver. If you’re a professional training company, investing in the development of SCORM-based courses is worth it. If you expect someone to pay a lot for a course, you want them to appreciate its quality.
What is HTML5 Multimedia Packages?
HTML5 packages are essentially an interactive website loading inside a cloud LMS like LearnWorlds. The difference with previous iterations is the native support of interactive elements and video playback, making it suitable for elearning.
Upload multimedia and SCORM files on LearnWorlds
If you already have a SCORM file and want to include it in your course, this article is everything you need.
1 In your courses builder, choose the "+" button to add a new activity and select the “Multimedia” tab.
2 Click on the “SCORM/HTML 5 Package” button.
3 Add a title to your new learning unit and then select “Settings”
4 In the side form that appears, select “Add scorm” to upload your file.
5 Uploading might take a few seconds; be patient!
6 Hit “Save”..
Your new activity is now ready for use.
Please, make sure that you provide a valid SCORM. The SCORMS below are valid for our platform:
- SCORM 1.2
- SCORM 2004 3rd Edition
- Captivate CAM 1.3 zip package
Another essential prerequisite is that the scorm zip file has its contents on the first level, not within a folder. Finally, make sure that you select the “manifest” file in the upload! This manifest file contains XML that describes the structure of a course both from a learner’s perspective and from a physical file system perspective. Be sure to test the learning unit and see how it works before releasing the course/unit. Press on the magnifying glass on top of your screen to preview the course.
Important note: At this point, if you need to capture the student's performance and report it to the LMS, it is not recommended publishing a SCORM in LearnWorlds because SCORM results won't be tracked by our system (persist). Instead you can use LW built-in quizzes, exams, and other learning units
Deciding whether to invest in SCORM courses, there are pros and cons to both options. If you have time to invest in developing excellent content, SCORM courses are a great idea!
With SCORMs, the material can be sold and delivered with the smallest headache possible. Use SCORMs if you want to provide engaging, interactive experiences for your learners, greater control of the time spent on your courses, and more options to combine different learning units.