With so many acronyms to juggle these days, its important that SCORM also gets invited to the party. So what is SCORM exactly? In short, its a software standard that facilitates the transfer of information between your elearning courses and the learning management system. SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.
Why is it so imperative that LSM solutions be SCORM-compliant? There are five crucial reasons that you need to know.
Loss Of Revenue
If youre marketing your elearning courses and theyre not SCORM-compliant, youll instantly lose possible business from large swaths of important organizations like the military, institutions of higher learning and academia at large. In addition, other public entities that may require SCORM-compliance as a condition of association for exchanging content.
The SCORM standard is not going away anytime soon. Learning management systems will be wary to drop support as doing so will break operability with existing course catalogs that could go back years. Even with the Tin Can API being released earlier this year, there still is lots of life left in the existing SCORM standard. One thing that you absolutely need to keep in mind is that the most important feature to both you and your clients is that your courses and LMS work consistently together.
There may be cases when either you want to change your learning management system or allow your courses to be used on the LMS of your client. If you build your courses to SCORM-standards, then youll be able to ensure that there will be minimal issues when transferred from LMS to LMS. Seeing as the majority of learning management system are SCORM-compliant this makes the process far easier.
Its important for a client to know that the course that they demoed and viewed on your website will provide the same user-experience on their own LMS if they choose to host it there. SCORM-compliance provides a sense of security because of its high adoption rate. In turn, it gives reassurance to your learners that their efforts will be accurately communicated. Much like VHS in the 1980s was to home video, SCORM is the standard today for elearning communincation. Yes, there are other communication standards that provide a comparable set of features. However, by ensuring that both your LMS and course authoring tool will be able to understand SCORM, youll be able to provide a smooth learning experience for you and your learners in the years to come.
Everyone is accountable to one person or another. With that in mind, SCORM allows the accurate transfer of learner activity to and from the LMS. This activity is useful to generate reports that give you a clear idea of where your learners are in terms of score, progress, time spent on the course in addition to other useful information that youll be able to use.
Ultimately, this question of whether SCORM is right for you becomes a matter of choice. Theres the choice of compliance to this well established and ongoing standard or that of going it alone with your own unique standards. Doing a thorough learning management system comparison will give you the insight you need in order to create SCORM-compliant courses that ensure predictable performance across a full spectrum of applications and platforms.
Being able to develop a SCORM-compliant course is but one feature that your course authoring tool needs to have. There are many others that will help you to build the best, most-effective elearning courses for your learners.