What is SCORM-compliant? Benefits and requirements

It can be hard to make decisions about your first step towards e-learning. There are simply so many tools and systems to pick from. The most well-known is SCORM. But what does that mean? What is SCORM compliance, and what are the benefits? 

By Kasper Spiro on Sep 19th

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What is SCORM-compliant?

SCORM is a standard in the world of e-learning that enables tracking and tracing of learners’ results in an LMS. The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative created a list of requirements that must be met for a course to be considered SCORM-compliant. Once those requirements are met, the course can be created in an authoring tool like Easygenerator and published to an LMS. The SCORM-compliant course will then track and trace the results of your learners in the LMS. 

The basic setup for a course that is SCORM-compliant is easy. Here’s how it’s done: 

  • Create your course in an authoring tool (Easygenerator, for example) or in an LMS. 
  • Publish your course as a SCORM package. This will create a zip file of the course that you can save on your PC/laptop. 
  • Upload the SCORM package in your LMS and start adding learners to the course. 
  • The LMS will keep track of all the learners’ results and store them.

What are the benefits of SCORM?

There are two versions of SCORM that are widely adopted: SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the benefits of the SCORM standard in general. 

  • It’s easy to move content from one location to another. If course is SCORM-compliant, it’s just a matter of downloading and re-uploading the content as a SCORM package. 
  • SCORM packages can be uploaded to various LMS. That means you can easily reuse training or use it for various customers, partners, or organizations. 
  • It‘s possible to track and traclearners’ results. Whether used in a company, an educational setting or for personal use, being able to see your learners’ results is a key feature for e-learning. 
  • It offers a lot of freedom in choosing an LMS, because almost any LMS can recognize SCORM courses. 
  • With SCORM, you are in charge of creating the structure of a training. You decide in which sequence a learner sees each learning module. That gives you a lot of freedom in creating a learner experience. 

Do I need SCORM?

Do you want to be able to create training easily, and use it to upload it to one or more LMS? Do you want to be able to track the results of your learners? If the answer is yes, you will need to use SCORM. If not, you can just work with an authoring tool that allows you to use xAPI and you will be able to publish.Want to learn more about xAPI and how it works? Check out our SCORM and xAPI guide.

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About the author

Kasper Spiro is the CEO of Easygenerator and a recognized thought leader in the world of e-learning. With over 30 years of experience, he is a frequently asked keynote speaker and well-renowned blogger within the e-learning community.

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