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To SCORM or Not to SCORM

Posted by Richard | Posted in E-Learning Moodle | Posted on 03-05-2012

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If you are interested in training students or employees online you are most likely mired in researching the many options and systems available. This can be a daunting task. Here we will attempt to get you past the first decision you will be faced with in your quest. That is to focus your research on a SCORM complient Learning Management System (LMS) or a non-SCORM LMS.

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a complex specification designed in response to a Department of Defense initiative to bring standardization to eLearning. Without getting into the technical aspects of SCORM which would make the eyes of many scholars glaze over, I will attempt to hit the high points of whether it is right for you from an online training perspective.

 

The main reason to purchase a SCORM system is portability. Most content providers use SCORM complient authoring tools. If you are interested in purchasing a course from such a provider, having a SCORM complient LMS will greatly facilitate importing the course into your system. If you are a large college or university with many different SCORM LMS’s you could easily move courses between these different systems.

The main reason to avoid SCORM is cost. Most vendors charge large annual licensing fees for SCORM systems. In addition, they charge monthly fees based on the number of learners you have in the system. To add insult to injury they often charge additional fees for add-on services and features.

One example would be branding. If you want to sell your courses to different institutions and brand them accordingly, you will pay dearly for the privilege. A stark exception to this is Moodle. This is a SCORM compliant LCMS that is open source and free to use. The only costs associated with using Moodle are hosting, training, consulting or course development services. Avasoft is a company that will setup Moodle on their servers at no charge and offer many services to get your school online.

For more information go to http://www.Avasoft.net/e-learningmoodle.aspx or call 239-567-9725.

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