SCORM

Updated 3 months ago by Aline Alberguini

SCORM?

You are dying to know how Skore supports SCORM contents, aren't you?

But hold on just a little bit...

DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT SCORM IS?

Remember Bill Clinton? That 90's U.S. president?

When he was president, he signed a decree aiming to create preparatory courses for the U.S. Army with the help of technology.

With this decree, they envisioned a world in which each user could access educational content online using different platforms and devices.

But at that time, to deliver the same content across different platforms, it was necessary to migrate it from one platform to another. That was quite expensive and there was no guarantee that the content hosted on platform X would run on platform Y. This made the distribution of official military content very difficult.

As a result, a research group called ADL came up with a solution so that the same content could be delivered across different platforms: online learning platforms could follow A PATTERN of content development and presentation.

With this pattern, it would become much simpler to distribute content across different platforms.

And guess what that pattern was?! SCORM!

Ah, and by the way, SCORM is short for Shareable Content Object Reference Model.

VERY NICE STORY BUT... WHAT ABOUT NOWADAYS?

This SCORM pattern has been widely used, but today, the online education market sees some drawbacks:

  • It is the education platforms themselves that must conform to the SCORM pattern. This costs $ and makes the platform "stick" to this pattern;
  • The latest version of SCORM was released in 2004, about 15 years ago! Within these 15 years, several new technologies have appeared and education platforms have come to create their own ways of integrating them;
  • A SCORM content can have Flash in its structure. Remember those old browser popups saying "you don't have Flash yet" ?! This is the Flash we are talking about! Today's browsers and apps no longer support this Flash technology, which ultimately limits playback of this content.
OK, SO...

WHY DID WE INCLUDE SCORM SUPPORT ON OUR PLATFORM?

Many Skore customers have a lot of older SCORM content (typically used in previous LMS) and would like to reuse it within their Skore workspace.

We use SCORM content, what do we need to do?

SCORM content must be in the SCORM Cloud. It is in SCORM's own cloud that they are stored and managed.

So first of all, you need to know that Skore itself possesses a SCORM Cloud account so that SCORM content can be played by our platform.

To have this account, we must pay for a usage plan (which changes according to the number of students who will see the SCORM content and the amount will be set by the audience size of that content).

A SCORM content (or "SCORM course" or "SCORM package" as people usually call it) consists of several files, so these files must all be contained in one zipped folder, ok?

As a result, you simply need to upload it in the admin area (just like uploading a regular file) and wait for it to finish; it can take a few minutes.

When it finishes loading...Done! The content is now available for student use on Skore 3 WEB and Mobile (if you have the most recent version. Also, it is good to know that in Android it will open on a webview. In iOS, it will open on Safari [external browser]).

Oh, when customers cite HTML 5 Courses, these courses can be either SCORM or xAPI. Both are supported by Scorm Cloud and, therefore, both natively supported by Skore now. :)

In SAFARI, Apple's native browser, SCORM content does not run by default. Therefore, SAFARI users will have to make some changes to their browser settings, see them here. Also, keep in mind that some SCORM content can be built with Flash, technology that today's browsers no longer support, ok?

If you still have questions, please contact your account CS.


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