Tuesday, July 14, 2009

To Scorm or Not to Scorm, that is the Question?

Hey folks, lets talk about SCORM for a minute.

The question of SCORM seems to be rearing its ugly head more and more these days so I thought I would give my 2 cents worth on this subject based on our elearning experiences over the last 10 years.

Firstly, Scorm is basically a technical specification that governs how online training is created and delivered to learners. A lot of agency types will tell you that if you are getting into elearning you have to have SCORM. Frankly, I think this is mostly because they would like to sell you their SCORM compliant Learning Management System (LMS). You might also hear statements like "if you have a SCORM system then you can take any SCORM compliant course off the shelf and use it on your system." This statement would beg the question, how many SCORM courses do you currently have? My experience has been that for whatever reason no two SCORM systems are alike--combine this with the fact that there are currently four versions of SCORM and, well, you get the idea. As a result of all of this I've seen many companies get bogged down trying to get their SCORM systems to integrate and function properly when they should have been channeling their resources into content development.

If you're getting into eLearning it's likely because you have staff that require training or you're trying to reduce training costs. Spend your money developing good elearning courses and content to meet your immediate needs and take the time to look at the best way to archive and serve up your growing library of courses when you have time to do a proper analysis of what's available that will properly meet your needs.

Flash-based elearning courses can be run from your company's servers or a vendors without the use of SCORM. A simple database can be used for that matter that will offer the same encryption the banks use.

For more info on testing tracking and reporting your elearning, check out our entry from Feb 28, 2009 or go to www.quizzpoint.com.

Thanks for stopping by.