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Why the SCORM Compliant System Isn’t Worth It.

SCORM became a standard for learning systems in 2004, but comparing the SCORM 2004 manifest to the lists of features that most learning systems have today makes the difference is clear. In fact, SCORM isn’t even necessary for great learning to take place in businesses. In some ways, a SCORM LMS can even hinder the efficiency of a learning program.

How does SCORM Work?

SCORM is simply a model that content creators and programmers can refer to in order to format compatible content for and between learning management systems. The model became a standard so that learning content could be put into one place and that all learning systems could communicate with each other. That said, formatting content for SCORM takes a long time compared to the creation tools learning platforms provide nowadays.

Because SCORM standards and specification can be so complex, creators often have to go through SCORM training to be able to create compatible SCORM courses. Then, these creators have to take the company’s learning content and create SCORM compliant courses. Some creators will put together all the course content then do what’s called ‘SCORM wrapping’ to format all the content for SCORM at once. Compared to modern elearning systems now, the process of using SCORM compliant authoring tools to create SCORM training packages has become too tedious and time-consuming.

Because the creation of SCORM content becomes so time-consuming, content is often reused year-to-year or ripped from other sources. This makes content outdated or vague and overtime, content becomes less and less applicable to a company’s messaging and values.

SCORM Compliance

What does ‘SCORM-compliant’ mean? Simply, it’s a label for any software platform that adheres to the SCORM. Explained in another way, a SCORM compliant LMS system is a learning system that uses SCORM in order to package digital content to be accessible to learners. SCORM packages are often difficult to create, and the final product’s usability can feel clunky and fractured to the learner. For example, instead of having a video, text, and photo accessible on a single page, the learner may have to open the video in another window or click between types of content in order to read them. The extra effort makes the learner focus more on the action of maneuvering through content rather than consuming the content itself.

SCORM-compliant authoring tools also lack in usability. The SCORM version from 2004 would make companies ask themselves now,“Does LMS work?” The SCORM-based learning management system has become costly to implement and maintain for businesses. A SCORM-compliant LMS, open source or not, still takes a team to manage. SCORM-compliant LMS software generally needs someone to implement it and maintain it. So, companies would have to hire a team of programmers to do so, then hire creators trained in SCORM authoring tools, then hire someone to deliver and track training of employees.

Then and Now: SCORM 2004 to Lessonly

SCORM 2004 success status is attributed to the organizational take it had on elearning, not the means at which it took to get organized. Any SCORM version of elearning today requires much more effort than a modern eLearning system.

Lessonly is a perfect example of a learning platform that cuts out SCORM compliance requirements to, in turn, create a seamless learning platform for both the user and learner. With Lessonly, there is not SCORM. There’s no need for a SCORM testing checklist or a SCORM 2004 sample course, because there’s no need for SCORM! Companies that are using SCORM today have built upon their system for years and years. Most feel they’re in too deep to switch, but in reality, even the switch from SCORM to Lessonly will eventually reap faster onboarding times, better learning retention, and resources saved.

At Lessonly, we think about the learner’s user experience first. There’s no point in having a learning system that doesn’t benefit the end-user. So, we’ve developed an easily accessible and navigable interface for learners as well as an easily navigable, organizational, and trackable interface for administrators. Learner can take lessons at their convenience before a due date. Furthermore, learners can access learning material on mobile devices like tablets or smartphones.

Lessonly is keen on learning automation. What that means is that we pride our product on its ability to make use so intuitive, that many logistical actions are suggested or automated by the platform. We provide creators with the tools to create great learning material right on the platform — no SCORM necessary. Mixed media options are available to incorporate into lessons without the learning having to consume them outside of the platform, or needing to download a myriad of plugins to function. Lessons and courses are organized alphabetically on a dashboard and easily searchable. If a lesson need updated, it’s as simple as changing that lesson; updates are automatically saved.

Automated features really play into the assigning task of Lessonly. As an administrator or manager, assigning can be easily done with scheduling or trigger assigning. Once a lesson is created, an administrator or manager can schedule the lesson to be distributed to certain learners on a certain date. If that lesson needs to be repeated at a monthly or annual cadence, you can schedule it for that. Trigger assigning works as a queue of lessons; if an administrator or manager wants a learner to take lessons in a particular order, they can organize it like so. Once the learner finishes Lesson A, Lesson B is triggered to be assigned immediately.

The most important aspect to note is that, to provide our clients with all of these features and function, we don’t need SCORM. Technology has come a long way since SCORM conformant systems were insisted upon in business. Lessonly is a learning automation platform that makes the learning process better so your employees can perform better and ultimately live better lives.

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