March 4th, 2014 E-Learning

If you have been part of any elearning program, chances are you have heard of SCORM, but perhaps didn’t know exactly what it means.

Don’t worry though, this is the case for many people.

Even for the seasoned elearning professional, SCORM can be somewhat tricky to grasp. There could be a variety of reasons for this (one of which being that the technology used for SCORM is rather dated).

Luckily though, the folks at LearningPool make understanding SCORM a little easier with a nice inforgraphic.

I must admit though, it is rather strange to be still writing about SCORM, especially given the transformation to Tin Can API. Still, there are many organizations out there clinging to the SCORM protocol. From my experience, government organizations aren’t going to be changing to anything different for a while.

Organizations opting to stick with SCORM is is likely because of the perception that investing further into training that already exists seems like a waste of time and money. However, I would contend that this is a actually wasted opportunity – plus stale training doesn’t do anyone any favors.

Tin Can makes training easier and more reporting more realistic to the natural learning environment. With these new analytics, organizations can create smarter training that is tailored to the needs of their employees.

Nonetheless, SCORM is still in use, so we may as well continue to educate people on what it is and what it can do 😉 . Maybe a good place to start is with this infographic. Print it out and tack it to the wall.


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Thanks for the overview Justin.

Thanks for this very simple and straightforward of what SCORM is. I’m new to the eLearning business and this really gives a simple but pretty solid background on what SCORM is and what is can do.

However, I do have a question. Specific to what SCORM can record, is says it can record “Complete/Incomplete” in instances where the learner needs to go through each page. Then is can record “Pass/Fail” for instances where there is a graded assessment. My question is, can SCORM record both “Complete/Incomplete” and “Pass/Fail” at the same time? Or it can only track one of the 2 options?


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I am loving LearnDash but have a few clients who want to access our classes on Learndash via their own LMS. This seems to be a growing need. I would guess that they are probably still on SCORM — if so — is there any way for them to integrate our LD classes into their LMS? We use regular classes and also upload our Articulate classes via Grassblade Xapi and LRS.

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