What is SCORM?
At its core, SCORM allows eLearning content authors to distribute their content to a variety of Learning Management Systems (LMS) with the smallest headache possible. And for an LMS to handle content from a variety of sources.
SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model” and it is a set of technical standards developed for eLearning software products. SCORM is the de facto industry standard for eLearning interoperability. SCORM enables interoperability between eLearning software products. Specifically, the model determines how online learning content and Learning Management Systems (LMS) communicate with each other. SCORM does not speak to instructional design or any other pedagogical method, it is purely a technical standard.
Being SCORM compliant means that you can use the same SCORM published content in Litmos or any other LMS.
How can I purchase or create a SCORM file?
SCORM files can either be purchased from a vendor like Litmos Heroes or created using an eLearning authoring tool. If the content is created or exported as a SCORM format file, Litmos supports it.
How do I get upload my SCORM content file into Litmos?
In basic terms, the SCORM content file will need to be published and exported as either SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 (1st and 2nd Edition) format and then the SCORM .zip file uploaded as a content module in Litmos. The file size limits can be found in the Module Types, File Type and Size Requirements section.
In more detailed steps:
- In your chosen eLearning authoring tool publish and export the SCORM content for LMS in the required format (SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004). This will be different depending on where the SCORM file is being published and exported from. However, it will always need to be exported in SCORM format and will result in exporting a .zip file. Do not unzip the SCORM .zip file
- In Litmos, either:
- Create a Module and upload a SCORM .zip file
- Create a new Course OR
- Navigate to an already existing Course.
- Within a Course on the Content tab, click on the “Add Modules” button
- In the Upload section of the Add Modules pop up box, you can either:
- Drag and drop your exported SCORM .zip file into the ‘Drop Files Here’ area OR
- Choose a file to upload from your computer, Dropbox or Box integration
- When uploading external content such as a SCORM zip file to create a module, Administrators will be warned about the potential issues related to uploading external content into the application. It’s important for Administrators to be sure that any files that are uploaded do not contain dangerous or malicious scripts.
- Once your SCORM .zip file has been chosen, Review the SCORM ‘Upload a Module’ options that can be configured:
- Allow learners to download SCORM module to mobile device(s) and view offline tick box option Note that offline download and viewing of SCORM modules only works with the Litmos Training mobile apps for Apple (iOS/Android.
- Module Title* – enter the Module Title which is displayed on the Course page to Learners.
- Module Description – enter the Module Description text which is visible to Learners when viewing the SCORM content module.
- Active tick box option – select whether the Module is Active or Inactive. Note that inactive modules are not visible to Learners.
- Send an email to the learner once the module is completed tick box option – tick/enable this setting if required to send an email to the Learner when they complete the SCORM content module
- Click Save. At this point the SCORM .zip file will be uploaded as a SCORM content module. Depending on the size of the SCORM .zip file and your internet speed, this can take a few minutes to upload and convert in Litmos but may take longer.
I am having problems uploading my SCORM file, what should I do?
Read through the troubleshooting Knowledge Base Articles. We cover many common issues that occur with SCORM modules here and it is likely that the issue you are experiencing is discussed here.
If you are still having issues with your SCORM module, email email@example.com. Please include the following details your support request email:
- The SCORM .zip file itself. You may need to use a third-party tool such as box.com to send it.
- The eLearning authoring tool the file was created in or company that provided the file.
- As many details about the issue as you can provide.
- The web browser and Operating System you are using including their versions.
- Screenshots of any errors or problems you are having in Litmos.
- Any steps you have taken to resolve or troubleshoot the issue.
- Anything else that may be pertinent to resolving the issue.
The more information we have, the quicker we are to resolve the issue.