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How SCORM Can Improve Employee Training and Development

Updated: Mar 24

SCORM for Employee Training

SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model. It is a set of technical standards and specifications used in e-learning to create and deliver online training courses. SCORM is essentially a framework that enables e-learning content to be shared across different systems and platforms, regardless of the specific technologies used. This allows organizations to create, deliver, and track online training courses in a standardized and interoperable way.

The SCORM standard defines how e-learning content should be structured, how it should be packaged for delivery, and how it should be launched and tracked by a learning management system (LMS). SCORM-compliant courses typically include multimedia elements such as text, graphics, audio, and video, as well as interactive elements such as quizzes and assessments.

SCORM is widely used in corporate training and education, as it provides a reliable and consistent way to deliver and track e-learning content. It allows organizations to create and share training content more easily, as well as to track and report on employee progress and performance.

The Benefits of SCORM for Employee Training and Development

When used effectively, SCORM can significantly improve employee training and development. Here are some ways how:

Standardized Content

With SCORM, content creators can develop e-learning modules that conform to a set of technical standards. This means that the content is structured and presented in a consistent manner, which makes it easier for employees to understand and retain the information.


SCORM-compliant e-learning modules can be accessed on multiple devices, such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This makes it easier for employees to complete training at their convenience, and from anywhere they have an internet connection.


SCORM-compliant e-learning modules can be highly interactive, which can help employees to engage more fully with the material. This can include interactive quizzes, simulations, and other activities that help employees to apply what they have learned in a practical context.

Tracking and Reporting

SCORM also enables the tracking and reporting of employee progress, which allows managers to monitor employee engagement and identify areas where additional training may be required. This data can also be used to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements or other organizational policies.


SCORM-compliant e-learning modules can be customized to meet the specific needs of individual employees or departments. This can include personalized learning paths, content tailored to specific job roles, and other customization options that can help employees to learn more effectively.

SCORM Courses: Build vs. Buy

When it comes to SCORM courses, organizations typically have two options: build or buy. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to carefully consider both options before making a decision.


Building SCORM courses in-house allows organizations to have complete control over the content and delivery of the training. This means that courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization and its employees. Additionally, building courses in-house can be more cost-effective over the long-term, as the organization does not need to pay licensing fees for third-party courses.

However, building SCORM courses requires significant resources, including time, money, and expertise. Organizations must have access to instructional designers, subject matter experts, and technical resources to create effective courses. Additionally, building courses in-house can be a slow and time-consuming process, which may not be feasible for organizations with tight deadlines or limited resources.


Buying pre-built SCORM courses from a third-party provider can be a cost-effective and efficient option for organizations. These courses are typically created by instructional designers and subject matter experts, so they are well-designed and cover relevant topics. Additionally, third-party courses are often more easily customizable than building courses in-house.

However, buying courses may not provide the same level of customization and control over the training as building courses in-house. Additionally, third-party courses may not be as closely aligned with the specific needs of the organization and its employees.

Ultimately, the decision to build or buy SCORM courses depends on the specific needs and resources of the organization. Organizations should carefully consider their options and choose the option that best meets their needs and objectives.

About LMS Portals

At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.

The system includes an embedded SCORM-compliant course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.

We also offer a complete library of ready-made courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.

If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.

Together, these features make LMS Portals the ideal SCORM-compliant platform for your organization.

Contact us today to get started or visit our Partner Program pages

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