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SCORM Compliant Learning Management System

SCORM became a standard for learning systems in 2004, but comparing the SCORM 2004 manifest to the lists of features that most learning systems have today makes the difference is clear. In fact, SCORM isn’t even necessary for great learning to take place in businesses. In some ways, a SCORM LMS can even hinder the efficiency of a learning program.

How does SCORM Work?

SCORM is simply a model that content creators and programmers can refer to in order to format compatible content for and between learning management systems. The model became a standard so that learning content could be put into one place and that all learning systems could communicate with each other. That said, formatting content for SCORM takes a long time compared to the creation tools learning platforms provide nowadays.

Because SCORM standards and specification can be so complex, creators often have to go through SCORM training to be able to create compatible SCORM courses. Then, these creators have to take the company’s learning content and create SCORM compliant courses. Some creators will put together all the course content then do what’s called ‘SCORM wrapping’ to format all the content for SCORM at once. Compared to modern elearning systems now, the process of using SCORM compliant authoring tools to create SCORM training packages has become too tedious and time-consuming.

Because the creation of SCORM content becomes so time-consuming, content is often reused year-to-year or ripped from other sources. This makes content outdated or vague and overtime, content becomes less and less applicable to a company’s messaging and values.

SCORM Compliance

What does ‘SCORM-compliant’ mean? Simply, it’s a label for any software platform that adheres to the SCORM. Explained in another way, a SCORM compliant LMS system is a learning system that uses SCORM in order to package digital content to be accessible to learners. SCORM packages are often difficult to create, and the final product’s usability can feel clunky and fractured to the learner. For example, instead of having a video, text, and photo accessible on a single page, the learner may have to open the video in another window or click between types of content in order to read them. The extra effort makes the learner focus more on the action of maneuvering through content rather than consuming the content itself.

SCORM-compliant authoring tools also lack in usability. The SCORM version from 2004 would make companies ask themselves now,“Does LMS work?” The SCORM-based learning management system has become costly to implement and maintain for businesses. A SCORM-compliant LMS, open source or not, still takes a team to manage. SCORM-compliant LMS software generally needs someone to implement it and maintain it. So, companies would have to hire a team of programmers to do so, then hire creators trained in SCORM authoring tools, then hire someone to deliver and track training of employees.

Then and Now: SCORM 2004 to Lessonly

SCORM 2004 success status is attributed to the organizational take it had on elearning, not the means at which it took to get organized. Any SCORM version of elearning today requires much more effort than a modern eLearning system.

Lessonly is a perfect example of a learning platform that cuts out SCORM compliance requirements to, in turn, create a seamless learning platform for both the user and learner. With Lessonly, there is not SCORM. There’s no need for a SCORM testing checklist or a SCORM 2004 sample course, because there’s no need for SCORM! Companies that are using SCORM today have built upon their system for years and years. Most feel they’re in too deep to switch, but in reality, even the switch from SCORM to Lessonly will eventually reap faster onboarding times, better learning retention, and resources saved.

At Lessonly, we think about the learner’s user experience first. There’s no point in having a learning system that doesn’t benefit the end-user. So, we’ve developed an easily accessible and navigable interface for learners as well as an easily navigable, organizational, and trackable interface for administrators. Learner can take lessons at their convenience before a due date. Furthermore, learners can access learning material on mobile devices like tablets or smartphones.

Lessonly is keen on learning automation. What that means is that we pride our product on its ability to make use so intuitive, that many logistical actions are suggested or automated by the platform. We provide creators with the tools to create great learning material right on the platform — no SCORM necessary. Mixed media options are available to incorporate into lessons without the learning having to consume them outside of the platform, or needing to download a myriad of plugins to function. Lessons and courses are organized alphabetically on a dashboard and easily searchable. If a lesson need updated, it’s as simple as changing that lesson; updates are automatically saved.

Automated features really play into the assigning task of Lessonly. As an administrator or manager, assigning can be easily done with scheduling or trigger assigning. Once a lesson is created, an administrator or manager can schedule the lesson to be distributed to certain learners on a certain date. If that lesson needs to be repeated at a monthly or annual cadence, you can schedule it for that. Trigger assigning works as a queue of lessons; if an administrator or manager wants a learner to take lessons in a particular order, they can organize it like so. Once the learner finishes Lesson A, Lesson B is triggered to be assigned immediately.

The most important aspect to note is that, to provide our clients with all of these features and function, we don’t need SCORM. Technology has come a long way since SCORM conformant systems were insisted upon in business. Lessonly is a learning automation platform that makes the learning process better so your employees can perform better and ultimately live better lives.

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Why being SCORM compliant doesn’t matter

What does the SCORM acronym actually mean? SCORM stands for “Shareable Content Object Reference Model,” and it was created to establish a set of standards for developing content across E-Learning platforms. SCORM sounds useful, but for some companies, there’s no need for SCORM, SCORM rules, SCORM compliance. Typically, companies that care about being SCORM compliant have been creating content for years and they’re worried about how content transfers to different interfaces. Since the user interface and experience are at the center of Lessonly, being SCORM compliant or abiding by SCORM rules aren’t a problem. Here’s why we don’t believe being a SCORM compliant learning management system is in the future of E-Learning.

SCORM rules aren’t relevant to today’s digital space

SCORM’s first release date was in 2000 and the last update was in 2004. Its been 15 years since SCORM rules were released and technology has changed rapidly since. SCORM also isn’t compatible with cell phones, iPads, or any mobile device, which means employees can only view training content on computers. Additionally, in a SCORM compliant learning management system, companies cannot deliver video content. Since video is growing in popularity for learning, it’s an essential component in E-Learning and a reason in itself not to be SCORM compliant.

SCORM compliant learning management systems lack reporting capabilities

Companies need to know if their investments in training materials are worth the cost. They like to see if employees excel in their roles or make progress due to the learning resources they’ve provided. A SCORM compliant learning management system is limited in its reporting abilities. It can only show if a user starts and finishes a module, or takes a quiz. With a learning management system like Lessonly, companies get deep insights into training engagement, user satisfaction, completion data, quiz performance, and much more.

SCORM training courses are expensive and challenging to build

The SCORM rules are specific and technical. And they aren’t easy to adopt, so there are only a few software companies that have developed SCORM compliant programs. The two most common SCORM compliant software programs are Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. A full license in either will cost more than $1,000. And the company will need a license for each employee that wants to build SCORM compliant learning materials. Plus, both programs are complex, and users will need lots of experience to get assimilated before they start creating SCORM E-learning content. Unlike SCORM compliant software, Lessonly lets employees build content natively. Skip the learning curve and get straight to creating content that matters.

SCORM E-Learning content is limited

Creating engaging content is crucial to successful E-Learning and SCORM training courses restrict users to certain types of content. In a SCORM compliant learning management system, employees cannot use tools like webinars, interactive quizzes, or audio files. Additionally, SCORM training courses can only utilize text, images, and some types of video. One of the most significant drawbacks of a SCORM compliant learning management system is the lack of collaboration or social interaction with other learners or employees. Instead, learners are expected to solve every issue by themselves.