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The SCORM module enables course editors to upload any SCORM 1.2 or AICC package to a Moodle course. Note that SCORM 2004 is not supported
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a collection of standards that allow e-learning content packages to be authored outside of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) like Moodle, but which can pass information (like user sessions and quiz grades) into Moodle and other VLEs. SCORM packages are formed of content (text, images, video, audio, animations) and sometimes also quiz questions that test students' knowledge of the learning materials, with the grades then available within the Moodle gradebook.
AICC (Aviation Industry CBT Committee) was a standard for delivery learning objects to VLEs like Moodle, that is no longer being actively developed or maintained, so therefore SCORM and other standards like xAPI will likely be used in its place for new learning object development.
If you have purchased or obtained learning objects from an external organisation you may have been provided with a SCORM package, in the form of a zip file. You can then deliver this learning package to your students via Moodle by uploading this package to your Moodle course.
Course editors, such as tutors and course administrators can upload a SCORM or AICC package. You can also force a new attempt on a SCORM package.
Students can complete the learning activity.
Before you consider using a SCORM package in Moodle, you should consider the following.
|Can hide complexity from departmental staff.||SCORM packages are not suppported by UCL Digital Education team. Bugs that arise (for example due to a change in Moodle or release of new web browsers) need to be referred to the content designers/authors who, ideally, should be expert in the delivery of their content via Moodle. If content is externally authored it's prudent to budget for this kind of maintainence. You can get a feel for the kinds of issues that can arise by following the SCORM forum at Moodle.org: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=1951|
|Can allow richer visual design features||Embedding your information in rich visual environments has the advantage of being immediately more appealing but also tends to make your content more difficult and expensive to change - will your material need updating if so, how often and who will do this?|
|Can allow you to outsource your content production.||Outsourcing is an attractive option, especially if you pressed for time and/or need to produce something that looks good to other stakeholders - it can often work well but the second half of this post on a forum at Moodle.org highlights some potential issues....https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=200242#p873699|
If you decide to use a SCORM (or AICC) in Moodle, you need to first obtain the SCORM or AICC package as a zip file. This will have a .zip extension and is a collection of multiple files condensed into a single "zipped" file.
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Resources category suggests that you should:
5.1 Use descriptive titles for all items and consider displaying the item's description on the course homepage, as this helps students understand the purpose of the activity or resource.
5.2 Provide learning resources - Provide presentation slides, notes or handouts. See which file format to use when. UCL policy is to provide lecture materials 48 hours in advance.
This is not suitable for use for AICC packages.
This method works on most recent web browsers. If you are using Interenet Explorer you need version 10 or later.
The longer method, suitable for Internet Explorer 10 or earlier, and for AICC packages:
You can edit or update the SCORM package later by clicking on the edit icon (usually a hand/pen) or by clicking on its name and then Settings > SCORM/AICC administration > Edit settings.
Further guidance on the SCORM activity is available from moodledocs.
If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.
If the SCORM package does not play back in Moodle properly, you will need to contact the developers of the package for support.
If you are having problems viewing a SCORM package in Moodle then it is most likely down to one or more of these four things.
SCORM FAQs are available on moodledocs.
Moodle does not generate SCORM content. Moodle presents the content in SCORM packages to learners, and saves data from learner interactions with the SCORM package. See Tools for creating SCORM content.