For many people, it can be confusing, but there are actually two versions of SCORM available on the market: SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004, but what is the difference? The answer to that question can be found in the three changes that the newest version (2004) brings to the table.
To date, it is still the standard for result tracking, but the latest version of SCORM (2004) is already 15-years-old. The world of e-learning has seen a lot of changes since then, from mobile learning to gamification. So the question on everyone’s mind, is SCORM still the only option? The answer: no, we now have xAPI (formerly known as TinCan).
SCORM can be of great value to professionals working in the field of e-learning. But not everyone knows what it is or how it can be used. With 2019 only a few weeks away, it is time for a small refresher on SCORM and its benefits.
Since it is a “reference model” rather than an individual standard, SCORM is designed to overarch various existing specifications. Some refer to SCORM as a “best of breed” solution because it incorporates the best features of other common specifications, providing far greater flexibility for sharing content across systems. Let’s look at how SCORM compares with or relates to some other common specs and standards out there today.
By Valera Kontsedailo | 4-04-2018
As learning becomes increasingly digitized, the need for a reliable interoperability standard and specification has never been so great. Enter Experience API (xAPI) – the standard that’s quickly occupying the space once held by SCORM. With xAPI, Project TinCan is creating a firm foundation for the future of e-learning. Now, professionals in the fields of HR, L&D and education have the option of capturing previously unthinkable volumes of data, along with highly effective analytics options that firmly connect learning with business outcomes. Let’s look at some of the ways in which this incredible new technology will continue to shake up e-learning in 2019 and beyond.
For many companies who are new to e-learning, it can be difficult to decide if you want to build SCORM-compliant courses and run them in a learning management system (LMS) or if you should look at other options. Some might not even know what SCORM is or what it does. With the rise of Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) and other methods, SCORM is not the only option out there anymore.
Just when you thought e-learning tech couldn’t get any more sophisticated – think again! xAPI is already changing the way many of us approach learning, giving unprecedented insight by tracking informal learning. That means we can now capture learner’s activities even outside the LMS. We’ve never had such a full picture of the learner experience.