Since SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) entered the e-learning industry in 2000, it has set the standard for organisations that embrace online training. SCORM is a set of standards that equip online training providers to develop courses and share them across various platforms. It assists online training providers with important elements in staff training, such as how a learning management system delivers content to learners, how assessment scores on online training are calculated, and how information like bookmarking can be captured between a learning management system and a training course.
SCORM compliance has become the global e-learning standard when looking for a learning management system for organisations. Benefits include –
A SCORM-compliant learning management system provides organisations enough flexibility to create a variety of content that can be tailored to meet specific organisational need across various departments and teams. Using the tools available when creating SCORM-compliant training, content authors can implement sequencing rules that can adapt the training courses to suit the progress of specified learner roles in the system.
Although implementing a learning management system and then changing it is not advised, it is possible with SCORM. SCORM is conducive to LMS interoperability between learning management systems. With SCORM-compliant training, a learning management system and course content can work together seamlessly, meaning that no matter which learning management system an organisation uses, their training content will be suitable.
SCORM-compliant training content is reusable, allowing organisations to save both time and money, leading to a more efficient and sustainable online training programme. In an organisation where large quantities of online content is consumed, the plug-and-play functionality of SCORM is extremely useful, allowing the once-off creation of content and distribution across various platforms.
SCORM-Compliant learning management systems offer the option of interactive and engaging content though the availability of various authoring tools and features. SCORM allows for a stimulating and engaging environment; learners are able to click on images and other onscreen elements that can direct to mini-quizzes and more. Course developers can implement elements like competitions and leaderboards as SCORM actively facilitates gamification as a way to better encourage employee participation.
Provision of user data
Data is an important feature for organisations to help improve training effectiveness. With SCORM, they can easily track how learners are interacting with courses. Data could include –
- Test and quiz results
- Score per module or objective
- The final score of the course
- Pages viewed, and for how long
- Learner progress, so they can resume exactly where they left off
- Specific answers given by employees