After learning what SCORM is, it was time to begin searching how to create course content with it. During this search, I learned that SCORM is now obligated to create Data Model Elements that are compliant with all LMS. This reassured me that my course content created in SCORM could be used on which ever LMS I might teach with in the future. In the past, my online school moved our courses from Blackboard to D2L. This transition was very time consuming and frustrating to say the least. I am not interested in reliving this experience. This is why from now, I want to create course content in a format that will be compatible with all LMS.
After further reading on the web about SCORM, I realized that I needed to learn about the key terms of SCORM and how to design content that would eventually be transferred into an LMS to finally constitute an entire course for students to use.
I created a Prezi to highlight SCORM key terms
Here is a visual representing how all the different key terms fit together.
I kept searching and I found that the information on how to create course content on SCORM seemed either complicated or too theoretical. It didn’t look as easy as creating a course in a LMS. I watched a series of videos created by ADLCoLab and search their website for instructions on how to proceed. I found a document titled “SCORM Best Practices Guide for Instructional Designers”. Before I became familiar with it, I thought I was ready to create content in SCORM but I realized that I was far from ready. While reading this document, I realized that before creating content on SCORM, I needed to have clear objectives and to create a sequencing path of the content. “Essentially, the LMS reads the sequencing rules from the manifest file, locates the appropriate SCO to deliver to the learner, launches the SCO in the learner’s browser, collects data about learners’ performance and status, and then processes the next set of sequencing rules from the manifest.” The next step in the process of creating content in SCORM is to create a flow chart outlining each step that the student will do in the course. This document also contained lots of information about what the designer of the content should or can do; however, I decided that the best way for me to really understand was to look at what the programmer does when creating course content on SCORM. I do not consider myself like a computer programmer so I hope that what I find is comprehensible. The SCORM guide for programmers provides a flow chart of the programming process when developing content on SCORM.
In this guide, there were also visuals that were helpful to me to understand how the program works. In one of the sections of the guide, it mentioned the Manifest file which organizes the content package. The basic structure of it is as follows:
I am unsure how this is put together but I hope that I will be able to figure it out. It looks pretty complicated to me.
All through the document, there were notes and best practice that I will keep in mind when I begin to work with SCORM. Most likely, I will have to refer to this guide when I am working in SCORM.
I believe that my next step will be to begin designing or programming my course content.