Use of SCORM E-learning Content

Use of SCORM E-learning Content

Posted by: Rahul Vyas | Posted on: May 7th, 2014

The e-learning platform was operating at full throttle but there was a void in terms of a standard that allowed complaint e-learning content to be deployed on any Learning Management System (LMS). This void has been filled up to an extent by Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standard which was developed by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL). Now with the use of SCORM standard; it is possible to deploy complaint e-learning content on any Learning Management System (LMS). If it is integrated with other SCORM-complaint e-learning content, it is possible to enhance the usage of e-learning content and produce preeminent e-learning components.





The most important use of SCORM e-learning content lies in reusability, interoperability, and extensibility. Before SCORM standard was introduced in e-learning; there was no alternative to move an entire course or its components from one LMS to another. Also there was no way to share e-learning components. But now things have changed. People have started to espouse SCORM for e-learning as it is cost effective and saves time. There are various uses of SCORM for e-learning; but it has been misinterpreted by some while others have not heralded enough.

SCORM for e-learning can be particularly useful in circumstances where an organization is scheduling to upgrade or build a new training system. But to make the most out of SCORM for e-learning it is important to look at the criterion given below to yield maximum return on your investment:

You want to participate with other vendors

You are producing a large library of learning objects

You are using an LMS to provide and manage learning content

You are designing learning content that might be reused in other contexts

You are designing learning content that tracks learner performance

You are designing learning content that will monitor the learner and adapt according to the learner’s needs

Use SCORM for e-learning when:

You require precise and comprehensive reporting on learner performance and learning efficacy to validate training programs against business metrics

It is essential to curb courseware maintenance, upgrade, and rebuilding costs

You expect courseware will have an extended shelf life and will entail regular updates and modifications

Learners require a way to swiftly locate distinct pieces of content within a larger course for instant reference

You need to reuse content across numerous courses to enhance efficacies

Diverse target audiences require access to different subsets of the content

It is necessary to provide learners an opportunity to test out of portions of courses that they have already mastered so that they don’t waste learning what they already know

SCORM for e-learning can be used for content reuse; when:

You are developing numerous courses that share identical or overlapping content

There are multiple audiences who are going to use the same training material for different purposes

You have multiple copies of the same course

You are developing courses that have content that has already been prepared before

You require certain portions of the course for performance appraisal or just-in-time (JIT) learning

There are other usages of SCORM for e-learning content including:

Accessibility:  The capability to locate and access instructional components from one remote location to another.

Adaptability:  The ability of maneuvering the e-learning content as per the tailor-made requirements of individuals and organization.

Interoperability:  The ability of utilizing instructional components developed in one location with one set of tools or platform and use them in another location with different set of tools or platform.

Durability:  The aptitude to endure technology evolution and changes without costly remodeling, redesigning, or recoding.

We will be seeing a lot of SCORM for usage of e-learning content in near future. There will be an upsurge in competition in the regions of content development and LMS. This will have a huge impact on enhancing the quality, reducing the development cost, and reducing time-to-market for e-learning course material.

About the Author:

Rahul Vyas is a Assistant Manager at MNC Company in India. The firm offers customized web, mobile and enterprise solutions to diverse businesses. Rahul strongly belief in when innovation aligns with technology it ensures the best results. Mr. Vyas is a very warm and approachable person; motivates his team and works with them towards a common goal of ‘delivering unsurpassed results’.

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