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All about SCORM

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All about SCORM

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Written by Christophe Jacobs

Chief Customer Success Officer

The link between your created training and the platform on which you roll out your content with SCORM.

The chance that you have heard about SCORM is incredibly high if you have come into contact with e-Learning. The chance that you (like many others) find this a mythical beast that holds a lot of mystery is equally high. Let’s take a closer look at SCORM and discuss some real-world implications. See how SCORM software can help you.

TIP: If you are looking for the technical information, I recommend the website of Rustici Software.

What is SCORM?

SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model and is nothing more than a set of technical standards for e-Learning software products. It tells programmers how to write their code so that a course plays well with other LMS (Learning Management Systems). So, if you put your course on 10 different LMS platforms, it behaves exactly the same every time. For example, you can see the score on a test appear or use the name of the student in your course. SCORM has nothing to do with instructional design and is only there as a technical standard.

Example: Imagine you are an expert in the field of growing corn, and you have just created an e-Learning course (in technical terms this is called a SCO – Sharable Content Object) on this topic. Other worldwide experts want to use this course and implement this on their learning platforms. How can you guarantee that your course works nicely with potential thousands of learning platforms that are all created independent from each other?

Placing SCORM in context

SCORM is not something that came out of the blue. It is part of a process that has been going on since the early days of digital learning. Even before the internet was widespread and digital training was done by sending floppy disks (for the younger generation, the save icon) or CD-ROMs across the globe. And each time the same question needed an answer: how do we get technologies to ‘talk’ to each other and make sure that reports on course completion is consistent no matter which platforms we use.

Want to find out more about SCORM?

Download the white paper, read the whole story and learn:

  • Practical components of a SCORM course
  • What happens when I launch a SCORM 1.2 course?
  • Difference between SCORM 1.2 & SCORM 2004
  • Real- world implications of using SCORM
  • How to test SCORM yourself?
  • Future of SCORM

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About FLOWSPARKS and SCORM

Is FLOWSPARKS SCORM compliant?

Yes, FLOWSPARKS supports all kinds of standard integrations like SCORM and LTI. Our success coaches and technical team will help you establish an integration with SCORM.

 

How to integrate SCORM training in the FLOWSPARKS software?

As long as the course exists in your authoring tool it is not yet a SCORM course. At the moment you export the course you will have an option to package your course as a SCORM package. This makes sure that your course contents are wrapped into a legible .zip package so that the learning system that needs to ‘read’ the course understands everything.

 

Can I import or export a SCORM package with FLOWSPARKS?

Yes you can import and export SCORM packages with FLOWSPARKS. Our success coaches and technical team will help you with this proces. Once you know how it works, you can do it yourself.

 

Do I need SCORM if I use FLOWSPARKS?

If you create content in the FLOWSPARKS authoring tool and you make use of the FLOWSPARKS LMS, you don’t have to set up an integration with SCORM.

Whenever you make use of the FLOWSPARKS authoring tool and the LMS of another supplier, an integration needs to be set up. This can be done with SCORM or with other standards.