SCORM is the future
Here at Claned, we believe in adopting innovation. We incorporate this spirit of innovation into all aspects of our product to ensure we are delivering a best-in-class learning experience. We utilise several experience-enhancing features in our platform, for instance, social and collaborative learning, cutting-edge analytics, and easy course management. In our unique assessment tool, we provide teachers with a way to quickly and effectively deploy assessments and track learner progress. With all these easy-to-use tools and intuitive functions, it can be easy to overlook the best and most powerful tool in the CLANED arsenal, SCORM. Today, we want to highlight the wunderkind of e-learning, the powerhouse of pass/fail, the lord of LMS – the one and only SCORM. It has never been clearer that EdTech needs a breakthrough. SCORM has what it takes to take learning to the next level.
What is SCORM?
SCORM is a relatively new (new as in the year 2000) set of well-defined, long-standing technical standards for e-learning products, which provide models that allow e-learning content and LMS/LXP’s to work together. In today’s fast-paced world, where technological innovations and improvements happen seemingly overnight, it’s nice that SCORM keeps it old school. That’s right, no need for any flashy modern integrations. Advancements in digital and technological infrastructure that have altered the space of online learning? Forget about it. Good ol’ 2004 SCORM format works just fine.
Back to the golden days
See, the issue is that SCORM has fallen by the wayside due to technological “progress” and “fresh, new ideas” in the e-learning space. What people fail to see is that newer is not always better. In fact, there is no better time than now for SCORM to have its renaissance moment. Coincidentally, low-tech flip phones are making a comeback, too, for those of us fed up with the convenience and functionality of the modern smartphone. SCORM is just like that old Motorola Razr you threw in a drawer back in ‘05 and just rediscovered in a box of your old junk your mother refuses to store in her basement anymore. So now, you find yourself sitting on the floor, half laughing at its simplicity and half admiring it as an artefact from a simpler time, wondering if you should boot it up again. That is SCORM.
You know, SCORM was once the flagship model for the cutting edge, but now it’s maybe retro-cool… 🤷♂️ To bring it back, you could make a course using SCORM for hipsters (who will definitely appreciate retro-cool) – for example, it could be about the need to revive the steam engine. Sure, it might be the case that steam engines are literally centuries-old and inefficient and that we have much more sustainable ways of producing energy now. However, you must admit that there is nothing quite as romantic, nothing that holds that charm of a bygone era that we simultaneously long for and laugh at. In the case of SCORM, it turns out that the customs, conventions, and needless formality we have freed ourselves from are, ironically, the very thing we crave.
So let’s be done with easy and adaptive authorship tools, flexible, interactive platforms that let anyone share knowledge and produce courses, and groundbreaking analytics. For one, I long for the days when an elite few held the keys to online course creation when nothing was simple, and options were limited… I long for SCORM.
Little known fact: SCORM is produced research group sponsored by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). Version 1.0 was published in January 2000. Taxpayer dollars in action!
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