SCORM to generate learner reports
SCORM to generate learner reports (valamis)(.com)

SCORM, in 2023?

SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) is a set of LMS standards built in 1999, the early days of e-learning, to allow educational content to be shared across multiple platforms. It was developed at a time when highly linear content was the norm. The latest update was in 2004. It runs off of the JavaScript programming language.

SCORM cannot measure a learner's understanding of the material or the effectiveness of the learning experience, nor does it measure non-quantitative elements such as attitude, engagement, and motivation.

Human Resources likes it as it is a widely accepted industry standard for eLearning.

The problem is in the limited scope.

  • Its data tracking capabilities are limited to a few standard types of interactions.
  • It does not have the capability to track more complex interactions such as user-defined variables or custom interactions.
  • It does not hold up well over time. As e-learning technology advances, the data that SCORM can track may become obsolete.
  • It can be difficult to implement without knowledge of authoring tools, making it difficult for e-learning developers to use it effectively.

What SCORM can measure

Ask yourself; "Do these data points guarantee we have created and taught the knowledge, skills and attitudes, or are we ticking boxes for compliance purposes?"

  1. Course completion rate
  2. Time spent on course
  3. Score on quizzes and tests
  4. Number of attempts on tests or quizzes
  5. Number of interactions with course materials
  6. Number of bookmarks created
  7. Number of visits to course
  8. Number of items viewed
  9. Number of items skipped
  10. Number of help requests
  11. Number of glossary terms viewed
  12. Number of activities completed
  13. Number of objectives achieved
  14. Number of times course is launched
  15. Number of times course is completed
  16. Number of times course is revisited
  17. Number of times course fails to launch
  18. Number of times course elements are viewed
  19. Number of times course elements are skipped 
  20. Number of times course elements are accessed
  21. Number of times course elements are revisited
  22. Number of times course elements are completed
  23. Number of attempts on questions
  24. Number of correct answers on questions
  25. Number of incorrect answers on questions
  26. Number of unanswered questions
  27. Number of media items viewed
  28. Number of times course is shared
  29. Number of course elements shared with others
  30. Number of times course is recommended

Why You Don't Need a SCORM Compliant LMS

  1. Cost - SCORM can be expensive to implement and maintain, especially in large organizations.
  2. Compatibility - Different versions of it might not be compatible with different, newer LMSs, making it difficult to ensure content is compatible across platforms.
  3. Fragmentation - it can be fragmented when used with different LMSs, and this can lead to content being delivered differently across platforms.
  4. Limited Functionality - it is limited in functionalities that are available to Instructional Designers, such as analytics and tracking.
  5. Complexity - it and other related technologies can be complicated to use and understand, making it difficult for Instructional Designers to create effective and engaging content.
  6. Support - it has limited support from vendors and the open source community, making it difficult to troubleshoot issues.
  7. Security - it is vulnerable to hackers and other malicious actors, leading to potential privacy and security risks.
  8. Limited Customization - it can be limited in terms of customization and personalization, making it difficult for Instructional Designers to create content that is tailored to their learners.
  9. Time Consuming - Implementing and maintaining it can be time consuming and complex, making it difficult for Instructional Designers to keep up with changes.
  10. Inflexible - it is not very flexible and can be difficult to adapt to different types of content and platforms.
David Seán

David Seán

David Seán, EdTech-enabled entrepreneur helping clients create, market and sell their knowledge, and sharing lessons learned along the way.