Why SCORM Compliance is Absolutely Essential for any Best-In-Class LMS

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Why SCORM Compliance is Absolutely Essential for Competitive, Market-Leading LMS Performance and Effectiveness

No, SCORM isn’t a Scandinavian heavy metal band, although it might make a great name for one. SCORM is an acronym that stands for sharable content object reference model, and it’s the de facto standard to package your learning content that can easily be read by an LMS.

SCORM: The Early Standard for Elearning

The first iteration of SCORM arrived 16 years ago, and quickly became the gold standard for packaging and presenting learning content to a learning management system. Today, SCORM is the globally accepted standard for creating online learning tools across all industries.

The main benefit of SCORM is the interoperability between eLearning software products. For example, if you design eLearning content using tools like Lectora, Elucidat, Articulate, iSpring or others, SCORM enables you to publish them into an LMS like Docebo so that it can be easily delivered to learners.

Complex Changes for Simple Roadblocks

The most recent version, SCORM 2004, provides three major advantages over previous versions:

  • It allows the instructor to see if a learner completed a course before awarding a pass/fail grade. Previously, performance information was combined into one record.
  • It allows interaction data to be read/write instead of purely read. This allows learners to close a test or lesson halfway through and pick up later where they left off.
  • Sequencing rules were added to allow for if/then conditioning. Essentially, you can tell the LMS: “if a learner completes this course, then allow them access to the next course in the learning plan.”

Although SCORM is a vast improvement over standards of the past, it’s beginning to show its age after nearly two decades, and hasn’t been updated to meet many modern learning requirements. SCORM is limited to recording actions within the LMS such as course completion records and testing data. As more learning happens outside of the digital classroom, SCORM will likely be replaced by newer packaging standards.

Tin Can API/xAPI is gaining market ground on SCORM because it can record activities outside of the LMS for companies that incorporate a blended learning strategy. However, it’s important for an LMS to be SCORM compliant so customers can uses their existing learning objects that may still be relevant.

Docebo is SCORM 1.2 and 2004 compliant – launch your free trial platform in just a few clicks and see how it can easily upload, read and report on all your SCORM-based learning objects.