A replacement for SCORM #edtech

Is the SCORM eLearning Standard Dead?

Although some expertise, advanced technical skills and creativity would allow you to develop complex interactions using the SCORM specification (even 1.2) there are many problems with the SCORM implementation.  New users will probably be disappointed with the type of tracking that is offered  by most rapid eLearning tools, but it is only when you start using it in anger that you may find that the Javascript interface for the tracking is occasionally unreliable.

After the large gap since SCORM 2004 a new specification for an eLearning standard is being developed, called ‘Project Tin Can’.  The main ideas of ‘Project Tin Can’ are that many more types of learning interaction should be able to be reported, for example, participation in a chat room, or on a discussion forum, and that a web browser will no longer be the only way of consuming content (eg, mobile apps would be able to report into the ‘Learning Record Store’).

For a quick overview of Project Tin Can, visit http://scorm.com/tincancapabilities/, or if you want to start seriously investigating the spec and getting involved look at http://tincanapi.com/.

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6 Responses to A replacement for SCORM #edtech

  1. There’s a new site for Tin Can. Check out http://www.tincanapi.com.

  2. Eslam says:

    I agree that the sharable factor is what they are probably after. Specifically the concept of content surviving in different systems and through system upgrades. To that end developers will probably arrive at some wrapper that is SCORM compliant/compatible and relies on a few standards-based technologies and which will hold all sorts of gizmos that can be imagined and created. I also agree that generic content is problematic. I have often thought this in relation to the online materials from places like the MIT OpenCourseWare project. It is a great idea and many people vibist the site, but how many other universities have replaced any of their course materials with the online content from MIT? Some of the adoption issues are probably ego-related (not created here) but that would be the same for many SCORM modules too. Are the problems with generic content psychological (as in ego and branding) or technical? I am sure there are other reasons.

    • Gutemberq says:

      B.J.,Excellent information. I agree that the moblie application of learning is a bit tricky. To your last point, I agree it is important to know what devices your audience is using, but we should keep in mind that we are not limited to those devices. I think there might be a way to cost justify the purchase of a device for all or a group of employees. For example, a moblie application could potentially result in significant savings or earnings and therefor the cost to purchase a specific moblie device may be justified.

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