If you’re in the Human Resources (HR) or Learning and Development (L&D) industry, you have most likely come across the word SCORM. But do you know what it means?
Chances are you work with a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage learning within your organisation. There are hundreds of different LMS’s available (our LMS is called LearnConnect), so how can you be sure that your learning content will work across all of them?
This is where SCORM comes in.
SCORM is actually an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.
Put simply, SCORM is a standard way for an LMS and learning content to communicate with each other.
How does all of this work?
When SCORM compatible content (i.e. a course) is loaded into a SCORM supported LMS, the content and LMS will exchange information using a standard. For example, when the user launches the course, the course collects the username of the current user from the LMS and displays it in a welcome message. The communication can also go from the course back to the LMS. A common example of this is recording how much time someone spends in a course. That information can then be stored and is reportable in the LMS.
The History of SCORM
As with most software and standards, the SCORM standard has evolved over time. A little known fact is that it was developed in 1999 by the United States Department of Defense in order to ensure government and private-sector e-learning content would have the same standard.
- October 2001, SCORM Version 1.2 was released (and despite it being almost 14 years old, is still the most prevalent form)
- January 2004, SCORM 2004 (1st Edition) released
- March 2009, SCORM 2004 (4th Edition) released.
- April 2013, Tin Can API 1.0.0 released
New versions of SCORM are continuously released to keep up with the demands of ever evolving digital technology. Tin Can is the newest version of SCORM and has significant improvements and new features. One of the more exciting new features in this release is an enhanced flexibility allowing for a full range of offline activities to be recognised and communicated as easily as online learning.
Whatever your learning needs you can be sure that SCORM will continue to bridge the gap between your learning content and the system you use to deliver it.
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