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SCORM - Is this standard widely used?

I recently came across the standard SCORM - Shareable Content Object Reference Model Initiative.

There is a good overview on SCORM at

Is the SCORM standard widely used? It was meant for content management and academinc applications.

Fuzzy Logic
Saturday, May 1, 2004

Yes, this standard is widely adopted amongst LMS (Learning Management Systems) makers and also learning content makers so that their respective products can co-operate (track usage, scoring, etc).

More information from the organization responsible for the standard can be found here:

Anon-y-mous Cow-ard
Saturday, May 1, 2004

I'm still not convinced that SCORM's market penetration is enough to make it worth the effort.  A couple ago, I was lead developer for a commercial course management system.  Our clients were pretty insistent about wanting it -- it was coming up in lots of RFPs and such.  So we spent an extraordinary amount of effort adding support for SCORM learning modules to our application.  But it turned out that very few clients actually needed it.  They wanted us to be buzzword-compliant, but they didn't actually have SCORM content yet.

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Further, there seem to be more SCORM players than SCORM content authoring tools.  Lots of systems can use SCORM content, but few can create it.  That's one reason why it's not in wider use.

Saturday, May 1, 2004

That sucks.
How does one go about creating SCORM content then? Is it just xml (in which case you could use xmlspy or your xml editor of choice) or is it xml plus some other format?

Sunday, May 2, 2004

SCORM content is basically HTML (with JavaScript) plus XML metadata.  I believe there are *some* content authoring tools out there, just not many, and they're still somewhat primitive.

Monday, May 3, 2004

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