What is SCORM-compliant?

For many companies who are new to e-learning, it can be difficult to decide if you want to build SCORM-compliant courses and run them in a learning management system (LMS) or if you should look at other options. Some might not even know what SCORM is or what it does. With the rise of Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) and other methods, SCORM is not the only option out there anymore.

By Kasper Spiro on Sep 19th

what is scorm compliant

What is SCORM?

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 itself.
  • 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?

If you are in the business of creating e-learning content for third parties, your clients will often have an LMS. In order to run your courses in their LMS, they will need to be SCORM-compliant.

Similarly, if you yourself have an LMS, it is almost certain that your clients will import content from multiple sources. SCORM will make sure this is possible.

Another big upside for creating your content with the SCORM standard is the ease with which you can move content from one location to another. If the course is SCORM-compliant, it’s just a matter of downloading and re-uploading the content as a SCORM package. In the absence of SCORM compliance, you would have to copy, paste or recreate the content altogether in a new environment.

It might be stating the obvious at this point, but the final and main benefit to SCORM is the reason it was created: tracking and tracing of your learners’ 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.

Do I need SCORM?

Ask yourself, do I have an LMS that does not support xAPI? 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? Read this article.

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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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