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How to Author SCORM-Compliant Courses with Popular eLearning Tools


SCORM Authoring Tools

SCORM stands for "Sharable Content Object Reference Model." It is a set of technical standards and specifications for eLearning software products. SCORM is used to ensure that eLearning content, such as courses, modules, and assessments, is compatible and interoperable with different Learning Management Systems (LMS) and eLearning platforms.


Several eLearning authoring tools support SCORM, allowing you to create SCORM-compliant courses for use with Learning Management Systems (LMSs). Here are some popular SCORM authoring tools:


Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is a versatile eLearning authoring tool that supports SCORM. It allows you to create interactive and responsive eLearning content, including simulations, quizzes, and videos.


Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is known for its user-friendly interface and robust features. It enables you to create interactive and engaging courses that are SCORM-compliant.


Lectora

Lectora is a powerful eLearning authoring tool that supports SCORM and xAPI (Tin Can) standards. It offers a wide range of templates and interactivity options.


iSpring Suite

iSpring Suite is an add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint that allows you to convert your presentations into SCORM-compliant eLearning courses. It simplifies the course creation process.


Camtasia

While primarily a screen recording and video editing tool, Camtasia also offers features for creating SCORM-compliant quizzes and interactive videos.


Adapt

Adapt is an open-source eLearning authoring tool that specializes in creating responsive and mobile-friendly courses that are SCORM-compliant.


DominKnow | ONE

DominKnow | ONE is a cloud-based eLearning authoring tool that supports SCORM and xAPI. It offers collaborative course development and responsive design capabilities.


When selecting an eLearning authoring tool for SCORM compliance, consider factors such as your content requirements, budget, ease of use, and the specific features you need. Additionally, ensure that the tool you choose supports the SCORM version required by your LMS, as some LMSs may have compatibility preferences for SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004.


How to Author SCORM-Compliant Courses with Popular eLearning Tools

Creating SCORM-compliant courses with popular eLearning tools involves following a specific set of guidelines and standards to ensure compatibility with LMS platforms.


Here are the general steps to author SCORM-compliant courses using popular eLearning tools:


Choose an eLearning Authoring Tool:

  • Select an eLearning authoring tool that supports SCORM export.


Create Your Course Content:

  • Use the selected eLearning authoring tool to create your course content. This can include text, images, videos, quizzes, interactive elements, and assessments.


Organize Your Content:

  • Structure your course content into modules, lessons, and topics. Use a logical hierarchy to make navigation intuitive for learners.


Set Course Properties:

  • Access the settings or properties within your eLearning tool to specify the course title, description, and any metadata that may be required by the LMS.


Publish as SCORM Package:

  • In your eLearning tool, look for the option to publish or export your course as a SCORM package. This step is crucial as it generates the necessary SCORM files.


Configure SCORM Settings:

  • While exporting, configure SCORM settings such as the SCORM version (SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004), completion criteria, and tracking options. These settings may vary depending on the eLearning tool you're using.


Generate SCORM Files:

  • Click the "Publish" or "Export" button to generate the SCORM-compliant files. These files typically include the main course content (HTML or Flash files), manifest file (XML), and necessary JavaScript files.


Upload to LMS:

  • Access your Learning Management System (LMS) and navigate to the course creation or upload section. Upload the SCORM package (ZIP file) that you generated in the previous step.


Test Compatibility:

  • Before making the course live, test it within your LMS to ensure compatibility. Verify that all interactions, quizzes, and tracking features work as intended.


Test on Different LMSs:

  • If possible, test your SCORM package on different LMS platforms to ensure cross-compatibility.


Publish and Launch:

  • Once you're satisfied with the compatibility and functionality, publish your course in your LMS and make it accessible to your learners.


Monitor and Track:

  • Utilize the tracking and reporting features of your LMS to monitor learner progress and assess the effectiveness of your course.


Update as Needed:

  • Periodically update your SCORM-compliant course content as required, and re-upload the updated package to the LMS.


Remember that SCORM compliance ensures that your eLearning content can be used across different Learning Management Systems, making it accessible to a wider audience.


Additionally, it's essential to stay updated with the latest SCORM standards and the capabilities of your chosen eLearning authoring tool to create effective and interoperable courses.


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.


We provide outsourced course development services to repurpose existing digital content to create effective eLearning courses.


The system includes built-in, SCORM-compliant rapid course development software that provides a drag and drop engine to enable 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 social learning.


Together, these features make the LMS Portals platform the ideal solution for SCORM-based delivery of your online courses.


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

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