SCORM: What is it?

What version of SCORM are you using? Is the LMS SCORM conformant? xAPI might be replacing SCORM in the future. You hear about it in eLearning all the time, but what is it?

Other than giving a definition we’ve never really discussed it here. So, let’s change that.

How SCORM is Like a DVD

At its most basic, SCORM is like a DVD. DVDs store and play movies. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Disney film, a Universal film, or a film made by another company. As long as you have a working DVD player, you can watch it. In that respect, the LMS is the DVD player. It’s the system that reads the information on the DVD and shows it to the viewer as a movie. Or in this case, it reads the eLearning information and shows it as a course someone can take.

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