When I first thought about learning something new for my learning project in OLTD 505, I was lost. My life is already full with everything from my duties as an online teacher, my responsibilities as a mother and a wife and my studies in the OLTD program. However, I thought that maybe I could learn about something that would be useful for what I am doing right now. In the past, I had heard about the platform “SCORM” which is used to create course content that can be transferred in a variety of LMS. Since I am considering creating courses without knowing which LMS they will be delivered through, I thought that learning about SCORM would be the most useful and applicable to what I am doing at the present time.
My first question was: What does SCORM stands for? SCORM is an acronym for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model”. Since, I didn’t know much about it, I needed to define what is SCORM. This prompted me to write it in the search engine and here is what I found: Rustici Software says that “SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-learning software products. SCORM tells programmers how to write their code so that it can “play well” with other e-learning software. … Specially, SCORM governs how online learning content and Learning Management Systems (LMSs) communicate with each other. SCORM does not speak to instructional design or any other pedagogical concern; it is purely a technical standard.”I somewhat understood what SCORM is but since I am a visual learner, I thought that I could use the help of a video to deepen my understanding. The video SCORM demystified explained that SCORM is a “basic sets of assumptions that allow courses and learning management systems (LMS) to communicate”. It broke down the acronym of SCORM into three sections:
With all of this knowledge in mind, I still had to go to YouTube to satisfy my visual needs and found a few more videos what is SCORM and its best practice.
Just before I finished my initial research on SCORM, I decided to look in Google images to see what I could find. The first image that cut my attention was very complex.
Looking at this diagram got me worried that learning to create course content in SCORM might be too complicated for me. The terms in the image are different to what I am used to so I needed to find another picture that would be more focus on teaching in an online high school. This next picture represents the role of SCORM in the course conceptualization and delivery.
The simplicity of this image reassured me. I had nothing to worry about. I have created course content using several LMSs in the past six years, I just need to move forward in learning about SCORM one step at a time.