It seems to be a symptom of the economic downturn that a whole bunch of people are popping up as bespoke e-learning providers but they have little or no grasp of SCORM.
During the development process, the content element is quite obvious and it is easy for you to tell whether you are getting what you have asked for. The SCORM element is much more difficult to monitor but you should get an assurance at the start of any sourcing process that you will get SCORM that will perform exactly how you want it to.
Unfortunately, during the development cycle, the focus is always on the content and it is likely that only when the course is ‘delivered’ that the deficiencies in the SCORM becomes apparent. Too often it then becomes our job to deliver the bad news.
At this stage, a disreputable company only has your payment in sight and they will make a number of manoeuvres to it. SCORM is standard and any e-learning provider worth its salt will be so steeped in the rules of SCORM that this should be an effortless part of their development cycle.
All e-learning should be supplied properly SCORMED so that the course will perform to your needs on any LMS. All LMS systems are created to specific standards and our DLE is based on MOODLE which is the world’s favourite LMS.
Any properly SCORMED e-learning should automatically adhere to these standards and any reputable e-learning supplier should be immediately happy to guarantee that their material will be delivered to your requirements on any LMS.
All of the discussion so far has been how to anticipate problems with your e-learning provider and how to ensure that you cover yourself way before a problem is delivered. At any point during the development
At any point during the development process, there is one key phrase that should immediately set all alarm bells ringing.
There are a number of variations of this phrase but you know you are probably heading for deep trouble when your supplier says:
“There’s not a lot we can do; it works fine when we test it here and we don’t know why it doesn’t work on your LMS – there must be a problem with your LMS.”
Remember – at Learning Pool we’re here to help you through these processes.
SCORM can seem pretty esoteric but don’t forget that we can help you cut through any techno doublespeak – Learning Pool is your technical backup to help ensure that you get what you want from your suppliers.Use the checklist but dont be shy to use us directly if you think it will help you get what you need.
Use the checklist but don’t be shy to use us directly if you think it will help you get what you need.
When commissioning a new course it is always a good idea to ask “How soon does this bespoke course become ‘out of date’ and what can I do to protect myself?
In an ideal situation, the answer to all these questions should be: there is no problem!
And it shouldn’t cost you any more money!
If you get any other answers to these questions then you may want to re-think whether this is the ideal supplier for you.
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