What is SCORM?

Understanding what SCORM is and how it relates to eLearning is important if you are delivering online training.

Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based learning. It enables eLearning content to ‘communicate’ with learning management systems (LMS).

The US Military during the Clinton administration initiated the SCORM specification to ensure that agencies could be free to develop hosting systems (LMSs) and online learning content safe in the knowledge that the two independently developed systems would be able to communicate successfully with each other. This is like the evolution of compact discs (CDs). One side of the industry is busy developing content, e.g. music CDs while the other is busy developing CD Players. Because they work to a common set of standards, we can be confident that when we buy any CD produced by any reputable recording company it will play reliably on any CD player developed by any reputable CD manufacturer.

There is a similar relationship between online content developed using a SCORM Compliant ‘content authoring’ tool and a full SCORM compliant LMS like Bluegem® LMS.  

The Bluegem® TMS | LMS. Full SCORM module permits trainees and course information stored in the LMS to be passed to the SCORM Content so that the learner can participate in the chosen course. It also bookmarks the learners current position in the course so that if that learner exits from the course, part the way through, the learner can be returned to the same place next time.  
Finally, the SCORM content allows the trainees results to be transferred back to the LMS for overall record management and certification. 

Bluegem® also supports the standard, which replaces SCORM 2004. That is, the Tin Can API platform, also known as Experience API, or xAPI

Being compliant to the standard means that you as the RTO can choose your preferred course authoring software, confident in the knowledge that Bluegem® will display and present them exactly the way you intended.

With no additional effort, students stored in the TMS can enrol in your eLearning or face-to-face courses and have their online or face-to-face assessment results recorded in the TMS.