The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a set of technical standards that apply to eLearning courses. These standards describe aspects of an eLearning course’s code that allow communication of information to a learning management system (LMS). While SCORM provides guidelines, the implementation of SCORM within eLearning courses is not always the same.
If you are considering purchasing eLearning courses from an outside vendor, you will want to ensure their courses meet the SCORM requirements of TrainTraq before you purchase. NOTE: It is not enough for the vendor to state their course is “SCORM Compliant” as this can mean a variety of things.
For each course being evaluated, the following course attributes should be verified by the vendor prior to purchase:
- Cross-platform formats should be used for all media elements
- Only one SCO is allowed per SCORM package
- Prefer content adhere to SCORM 2004, 3rd Edition
- Report status to LMS as Completed/Incomplete
- Content must be provided as a zip file
- Does the course meet web accessibility standards? See Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for more information.
- Does the vendor have a print version available if the course is not considered accessible?
- If the course has videos, are the videos captioned?
- How often is the training updated?
- What customization options are available, if any?
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Before purchasing vendor eLearning courses, please contact TrainTraqHelp@tamus.edu.