If you’re using a Learning Management System, it’s important to know what SCORM is and how it benefits your e-learning content. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
Today, most e-learning content is hosted on Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Learning Experience Platforms (LXP). However, it’s imperative to make it reusable to ensure interoperability and seamless migrations. This will keep the content accessible to different users, devices, and platforms without having to make any complicated changes to it. It’s also critical not to lose any tracking and reporting elements in the process.
That’s where SCORM, AICC, xAPI and Tin Can come in. These are a few of the well-known learning technology interoperability standards that help e-learning courses and compliant LMSs communicate with each other.
We’ll walk you through the importance of SCORM in e-learning and how to easily create SCORM-compatible files.
Shareable Content Object Reference Model, or SCORM, is a collection of technical standards for e-learning. It regulates two vital aspects of an LMS: content packaging and data exchange. SCORM-based content ensures tracking and thereby the legitimacy of test scores through smart metrics and guides learning managers to focus further on specific gaps in learner knowledge.
So, how to create a SCORM file?
A SCORM file is a .zip file that contains markup files showing how a course is made along with every one of the specified assets. It contains:
Here are three ways to create a SCORM package:
You won’t require any other tools to create the SCORM package in this manner. However, this needs some serious technical skills. This method, though cheaper, is very time-consuming.You’ll need to put all your resources, including text, images, videos, and audio in one folder. Create a storyboard to integrate it into the course. Structure the entire course in a Google Doc along with its multimedia links. Downloading it as a web page ensures that it will display properly on the LMS. Follow the steps below:
Although this method saves time, it requires investing in SCORM converter tools in addition to instruction designers. The steps are few and simple.
You can convert any piece of content — including a PDF, Word, PPT, Vimeo or YouTube link — individually or as a combination for a course into a SCORM package. You won’t have to spend precious time on anything but content creation and instructional design. All you’ll need is a SCORM converter. It can transform your courses from visual content to HTML-compliant SCORM packages that can be uploaded straight to an LMS upon downloading.
You can set the modalities of tracking and reporting as required. This is the best option for very lean L&D teams working on tight budgets. You can now either import it to your LMS or directly to your website.
Using a full-featured authoring toolkit is the most efficient way of creating SCORM packages for your e-learning courses within the same tool. You can create highly interactive content from scratch and make its SCORM–compliant version LMS–ready.
With Easygenerator, a user-friendly authoring tool, this task becomes much easier. You won’t need any prior training or specialized skills to use our tool. Just take these steps:
And that’s it. You would have now successfully exported your course to the LMS with full SCORM compliance. The cherry on top: your authors didn’t need any coding skills or instruction design capabilities.
Read our full guide about SCORM vs. xAPI.