High Quality Content, Learning Management System Interoperability.
The development of SCORM has paved the way for the mass production of reusable high quality structured content. At the Gilfus Education Group we understand how challenging it can be to create high quality content that meets the training and education needs of your learners. Our team worked with the Department of Defense and the National Defense University along with the ADL Co-Lab to develop SCORM technologies and content for some of the world’s preeminent Learning Management Systems. We continue to leverage these capabilities by developing and deploying SCORM content and related LMS technologies to facilitate the growth of a high performance organization.
SCORM is important as it provides a set of industry standards for content authors and developers to follow when created structured learning content. The primary benefit of SCORM is interoperability. If you produce e-learning content you will want to integrate that content into an online Learning Management System. In parallel, if you are a developer of a Learning Management System you will want to import content in order to deploy it to your learners and track the users activities. SCORM governs how online learning content and Learning Management Systems communicate with each other. SCORM stands for (Sharable Content Object Reference Model.) Thus most content is created and deployed as SCORM based content.
The US government is a huge user of online training. In the late 1990s, the DoD realized that is was procuring the same training many times over but couldn’t reuse it across departments because each department had its own LMS. In those days, each LMS had its own proprietary content format which encouraged vendor lock-in. In 1999 an executive order tasked a small research laboratory, ADL, to “develop common specifications and standards for e-learning.” Rather than starting from scratch, ADL harmonized the work of existing standards organizations like the AICC, IMS and the IEEE LTSC into a cohesive reference model. SCORM was released in 2001 and was quickly adopted by both government and industry. Today it is the de facto standard for e-learning interoperability.