If you are into elearning field, you must be knowing about the SCORM. Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is the collection of standards and specifications for web-based electronic educational technology (elearning). Basically, SCORM is a common set of standards to produce digital content which can be used in any SCORM compliant LMS. But should you consider SCORM compliance as one of the main requirements for your elearning environment? or Should you build your SCORM compliant Moodle courses?
Most elearning professionals have at least a working knowledge of SCORM and why it is important. But in the recent years, its dominant legacy is challenged by TinCan heavily. One of the biggest reason to use SCORM is because of the contractual obligations or because of the requirements of internal and external stakeholders.
There are many pros and cons that can influence whether to build SCORM based courses. Here is the list of major pros and cons of SCORM before making your decision to consider:
Pros of SCORM:
- Plug and Play functionality – SCORM content can be created in one system and used in many systems without any change. This allows you to sell any training modules or classes to anyone who is using a SCORM compliant system. Content once created can be sold and delivered to the user more quickly, more robustly, and at a lower price.
- Create Interactive content – Many SCORM compliant authoring tools helps you to make elearning content more interactive. They allows you to add engaging features like embed mini quizzes within the course etc. It will help the learners to complete the course content and keep it after completing the course.
- Time to complete the course – SCORM packages allows you to control the length of time a learner has spent before the course is marked as complete. This features allows you to create courses to meet time bound courses where the participant has to be engaged in the course for a particular duration.
- Combine the course and assessment content in a single package – SCORM packages allows you to include the course content and assessments into a single package making the life easier for students who don’t want to navigate away once they completes the course.
Cons of SCORM:
Now, let’s ponder about the Cons of SCORM package before taking any decision:
- Not mobile friendly – SCORM packages lacks for responsiveness which makes it not suitable for mobile learning. Latest elearning standard – TinCan (xAPI) handles mobile learning better than SCORM. Due to which recently there is a heavy shit of users from SCORM to TinCan.
- Creating a SCORM package is expensive – Although the SCORM authoring tools give you the advantage for creating interactive content, but impact heavily on your pockets.The two most popular authoring tools that publish content in the SCORM format are Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. The license costs for these authoring tools can be very expensive.
- Creating a SCORM package is cumbersome – Creating basic SCORM courses can be a simple task but creating slick content with a lot of interactions is cumbersome. You may have to invest additionally for training the staff to create SCORM packages which means more investment.
- Lack of Intelligent reporting – Reporting is one of the main driving force behind elearning. Without intelligent reporting, you can’t calculate the ROI of your learning activities. Similarly, you can’t help the learners who are at the risk of dropping out or failing.
It’s your turn now:
Before making a decision to invest in SCORM, there are many other factors which needs to be considered . What is your opinion? Whether to go for SCORM based courses or choose TinCan as the next elearning standard? Do share with us in the comments section below.