is the SCORM?
The SCORM is the standard content model
for web-based learning. It is part of the US government’s
desire to coordinate and standardize existing and emerging
eLearning systems. The SCORM, or Sharable
Content Object Reference
Model, specifies that web-based learning
content should be:
- Accessible – Create, find and add self-contained
instructional components known as Sharable Content Objects
(SCOs) to build a web-based course. A course can be created
with SCOs stored locally or accessed from several remote
- Interoperable – When SCOs are retrieved into different
LMS systems, the navigation, tracking and recording mechanisms
- Durable – Ensures that SCOs do not need redesigning,
reconfiguring or recoding when new technology or systems
- Reusable – SCOs are recombined into different web-based
courses for additional learners to maximize the value of
- Cost-Effective – Quality content is easier to find,
use and reuse. An organization can also maximize its budget
by using existing content from course developers.
Does Avilar support the SCORM?
Avilar is a strong advocate for the SCORM and is actively
involved with developing the SCORM standard. In February 2003,
LMS was the first
LMS to be SCORM Certified.
Avilar has implemented many innovations such as SCORMFront,
which provides flexible behaviors and templates for SCORM
courseware. In addition, Avilar offers a unique SCORM debugger
allowing you to examine content and identify any parts that
may not meet the standard.
Who is responsible for the SCORM?
The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative (http://www.adlnet.org),
an organization sponsored by the US Department of Defense,
is responsible for developing and managing the SCORM standard.
Their vision is “to provide access to the highest quality
education and training, tailored to individual needs, delivered
cost-effectively anywhere and anytime”.
What is the difference between certification and conformance?
The ADL rigorously evaluates Learning Management Systems
and content to determine if they are fully compliant to the
SCORM standard. Only fully compliant products and content
are SCORM-certified by the ADL.
Many eLearning companies claim to be conformant to the standard
when their product is not compliant to the SCORM standard.
What is the latest version of the SCORM?
Are all certified SCORM 1.2 LMS products certified to the
No, there are three levels of certification: LMS-RTE1, LMS-RTE2
and LMS-RTE3. WebMentor LMS is certified to LMS-RTE-3, which
is the highest level of certification.
What do the SCORM 1.2 LMS-RTE1, LMS-RTE2 and LMS-RTE3 certification
levels mean and why is it best to insist on LMS RTE3?
LMS_RTE3 is the highest level of certification that an LMS
can receive when it undergoes certification testing. SCORM
1.2 specifies three levels of certification.
- LMS-RTE1 means that the LMS has only implemented the
mandatory portions of SCORM.
- LMS-RTE2 means that the LMS has implemented the mandatory
and some of the optional portions of SCORM.
- LMS-RTE3 means that the LMS has fully implemented SCORM
1.2. You should insist on an LMS that has this level of
certification since it gives you the best chance at ensuring
that SCORM 1.2 content can run on it.
Can WebMentor LMS support content that was created with
older versions of SCORM?
WebMentor LMS can support SCORM version 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2.
There are currently many SCORM 1.1 courses available, and
it is important to be able to support these in your LMS.
Will courseware, currently in development, need to be completely
reworked in the future, because it isn't SCORM-conformant?
It is the ADL’s belief that most electronic courseware
will not have to be "completely reworked". Many
vendors are creating tools to reduce the conversion as well
as initial SCO creation time.
Does the SCORM standardization of courseware restrict instructional
designers when creating learning materials?
It is intended that the SCORM have minimal impact on instructional
design. ADL requests help from designers and academics to
understand how the reference model affects instructional design.
How do I find out more about the SCORM?
Go to the ADL web site - http://www.adlnet.org
How do I find out more about the SCORM Certified WebMentor
Go to WebMentor
LMS or if you need immediate answers (or want a test
drive) call (888) 759-7053 to speak with us.