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Quick overview of SCORM 2004

Posted by slandete on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SCORM 2004 is the most used standard (best thing about standards? everybody has one) for e-Learning, it was designed by the ADL initiative and must be used for all the web-based learning content of the Department of Defense of the United States.

The idea behind it is that learning contents that follow this format are easily found (via the use of meta-data) and interpreted and can be modified and reused by anyone… who understands SCORM 2004. Fortunately there are tools and you don’t have to worry that much about syntax and the like.

Editing is easy since meaningful content is packed into units of knowledge (called SCOs) that have meaning on their own but do not depend on others. This “atoms” of content can be joined in any form to organize sessions, didactic units or even whole courses.

Exchange of this type of documents among teachers avoids constantly re-inventing the wheel and facilitates enriching from other’s experiences. Right now every teacher lives on an island and collaborates only with those in his department or other close colleagues. If the standard is used, teachers would have access to materials prepared  many other teachers.

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