SCORM

Skilljar supports SCORM 1.2 packaged content. SCORM stands for Shared Content Object Reference Model. It is an eLearning standard originally created by the US Department of Defense in the late twentieth century as a way for learning content to be reused between different learning management and delivery systems. Any content exported using the SCORM 1.2 standard should be reusable within different systems. If purchasing content from a provider like OpenSesame or Skillsoft, it is often in SCORM 1.2 format as it is the most widely accepted standard in use today.

However, there are a number of limitations with SCORM.

  • It requires specialize desktop publishing tools, such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate, to produce. These tools can be expensive and difficult to learn.
  • It does not work well (or sometimes at all) on mobile phones or tablets. The standard was created prior to these technologies becoming mainstream.
  • Reporting is limited to the basics of what SCORM provides. Many learning management systems do not report user-level details (SCORM interactions). Skilljar DOES report SCORM interactions but the output is often messy due to the publishing tool used.
  • The standard has been implemented differently by publishing tools (that create the SCORM content) and LMS systems (that deliver the SCORM content). There are often inconsistencies, which are very difficult to troubleshoot and find the true root cause.
  • SCORM files are typically very large because the content is packaged into one single unit. This increases initial load and buffering time compared to ‘normal’ web formats like video and HTML. 

Nevertheless, SCORM is here to stay, thanks to legacy packaged content and advanced eLearning interactions that can only be accomplished through purpose-built tools. For further reading, check out our blog posts:

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