What is SCORM and what’s it used for? Meet the standard format for elearning content

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Written by: Ruth Martín

Attention, elearning fans and superheroes! You may be interested to know the answer to this question: What could be better than a fun, interactive genially?

A fun, interactive genially that also allows you to measure your learners’ progress, of course! And now it exists! Because engaging learners with interactive content is great, but if we can also make teaching easier and improve the performance of the training at the same time, well that’s even better!

It seems the SCORM format is here to stay and it’s ready and waiting to give you the power to convert your geniallys into something even greater.

Your teaching materials, complete with tracking. Thanks, SCORM!

If you design elearning materials, you might already know what we’re talking about. It’s not a Pokemon, or the newest vaccine… SCORM is something that’s responsible for making the lives of teachers and content creators much easier. Thanks to SCORM, it’s far easier to manage and track online or digital learning, as it allows you to track what students are doing with the course content.

SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model, which is a set of standards for the production and use of elearning content. In other words, any course or materials published in this format will work in any learning management system or platform that’s compatible with SCORM.

So you can confidently create your learning materials with the knowledge that they can be used in practically any LMS (Learning Management System), such as Moodle or Canvas.

And that’s just the beginning.

Genially + SCORM: Why we know you’ll love it

It’s like a fresh new collaboration from your favorite two singers of the moment, but better.

Up until now, you could design supercool geniallys as part of your course content, and what happened then? Well, anyone who had the pleasure of interacting with those geniallys was probably blown away by them. Probably. Maybe it was an educational escape game, a quiz, or some other resource packed full of motivation and creativity. Maybe you inserted it as part of the course content in the LMS. But then you didn’t really know if students accessed or completed it.

Until SCORM came into your life.

You’ll still design your geniallys as you always have done; the Panel won’t change. But now you can also download your amazing creations in SCORM format as easily as you would expect from Genially; in just a few clicks. The Genially + SCORM formula has come along to give us the best of both technologies and help us discover how learners are connecting with the content: if they’ve accessed it, the percentage of the content they’ve viewed, or the score they’ve obtained after interacting with a genially (e.g a quiz). Oh! And you’ll receive all the information automatically in your LMS.

Sound complicated? It’s not! We’re going to give you some ideas for creating geniallys in SCORM format, creating more personalized learning experiences, and wowing anyone who sees your teaching materials.

How to make the most of SCORM tracking in your geniallys?

By planning future classes based on student interaction and performance

Imagine you’re designing educational materials for a blended learning model. In this case, the students have to be more active, autonomous, and responsible for their own learning. And to do that, they need new learning experiences that are more flexible and innovative. This also applies to corporate training, where positive learning experiences contribute to improvements in teams’ attitudes towards training.

And how can we create these kinds of experiences? With dynamic, interactive materials in the form of geniallys, of course!

And this is where SCORM works its magic, because once you download your geniallys as SCORM packages and upload them to the LMS, you can check your students’ progress, and you’ll also be able to see which interactive materials work best and are most popular.  That way you can make better decisions in order to complete a rich and innovative learning experience. Everyone wins!

For example, students can revise the content with a learning module like this and have fun learning right through to completion.

If  you work in a university or in corporate training this one will probably be more useful:

Added benefit: if the student exits halfway through the session, leaving the content unfinished, it’s ok because when they come back they can pick up where they left off. They can come and go, learning at their own pace and having fun while learning (and the teachers will be happy too because they can check progress in the blink of an eye).

Learning modules, unit plans, quizzes, dynamic presentations… With Genially and SCORM, your blended learning experiences will be unique and full of life.

By assessing achievement in gamified learning experiences

Having fun while learning is always a good idea; that’s why we love gamification and all the resources and options it provides. As well as capturing learners’ attention and motivating them to rise to the challenges and complete their tasks, it shows them their errors in a more relaxed, informal way.

And what does SCORM have to do with all this? Well, as the students’ progress is recorded in the LMS, you can check if students have passed or what score each one has obtained. The best bit? You’ll receive the scores automatically in your LMS. That way you can find out what the issues are and what needs to be reinforced.

The same is true of interactive quizzes. They’re great for refreshing and checking knowledge acquired in training in a fun way. And now it’s easier than ever to check if they’ve been able to answer all the questions.

With a quiz like this, they won’t want to stop until they’ve reached the end!

Now that you can track the learning materials and have relevant information about your students, you can use this information to personalize your classes and training like never before.

How to create a genially in SCORM format

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been using Genially for some time or you’ve just discovered it, the process of creating and downloading your content in SCORM format could not be simpler.

You design it like you would any other genially, and when you’re happy with it, you download it as a SCORM pack and you’re all set. Select the type of tracking that best suits your objectives from the 3 preset options: Progress, Access, or Score. Then we’ll ask you to select some settings in order to personalize it.

Et voilà! Your freshly baked SCORM package is all ready to export to your LMS.

And, as we mentioned before, there’s no need to worry about compatibility with the learning materials you create in Genially; your LMS will eat them right up. Moodle? Canvas? Blackboard? The list of LMS that are compatible with your SCORM packs is as long as your arm. You just focus on unleashing that creativity of yours.

Want to learn more? Check out this tutorial and you’ll soon be converting your geniallys to SCORM packs like a pro.

Interactivity + tracking. Sounds good, doesn’t it? And it can only get better, because very soon you’ll be able to track even more parameters in our geniallys. So if you create educational materials and are a fan of Genially, you’re in luck! Your creations will be as awesome and interactive as always, but now you can track the progress and performance of all the people that interact with them.

Ruth Martín
Ruth Martín
If you don’t get it wrong from time to time, it means you’re not learning enough
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2 Responses

  1. Very nice but when I add audio to any content and share it it gets too late for work
    (the one that lags is the sound)

    1. Hi, Moha!

      Maybe the audio file you’re trying to add is too big and that’s why it’s loading slowly. Make sure it’s no bigger than 15Mb and is set up to play when you want it to. Check out this tutorial; I hope it’s useful!

      Have a great day.

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