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Being SCORM COMPLIANT - How to be More Efficient with Apty

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SCORM is the International standard for eLearning courses. If your course is in SCORM format it can be displayed on any Learning Management System. 

Most of the courses that any enterprise creates are in SCORM format but creating such a course requires tremendous effort as the L&D team has to spend months coding and editing the SCORM files. 

To put this in perspective, why don’t we consider this stat 

To create one hour of course material, instructor-led training takes 40 to 49 hours and e-learning modules require 70-150 hours 

Yes, it is overwhelming, this is the norm for many L&D departments trying to create engaging content for their employees. 

Well, creating content should not be difficult.  By using an SCORM-compliant LMS and authoring tool like Digital Adoption Platform you can create the training content effortlessly. 

Let's understand what is SCORM and its importance before going to how to accelerate content creating with SCORM compliant tools like Apty. 

What is SCORM? 

SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model. It is a technical specification for eLearning course content. It standardized and structured the way eLearning courses are developed and saved. 

Using a SCORM-compliant format makes it possible to easily deploy content into compatible Learning Management Systems (LMS). 

During the early ’90s, online learning was adopted by most of the enterprises but the major issues that they faced were poor learning structure and standardization which led to inconsistency and compatibility issues. 

In short, each course had to be tailored for a specific delivery system or LMS. This was a costly and time-consuming affair. If any organization wanted to shift to some other delivery system the existing eLearning content became obsolete. 

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In 1999, the US department of defense decided to go with a common eLearning standard. The Advanced Distribution Learning initiative rose to the occasion and developed SCORM content. It faced heavy competition from AICC but eventually, it stood the test of time. 

Since the advent of SCORM, creating content has become smooth and hosting it on LMS has become even simpler. It guides the programmers or course developers to write the code in a particular order by adhering to the listed technical specification, and as result, it can be deployed easily on any LMS platform. 

How to Design SCORM Compliant Learning Material Using Apty 

Creating SCORM complaint content could be time-consuming. You can begin by using SCORM compliant authoring tools like Apty to accelerate the training creation process.  

How to Design SCORM Compliant Learning Material Using Apty

It helps you to create in-app guidance for any web-based application and it guides the employee from one step to another and helps them accomplish their task without any hassle.  

Interesting Read: How employee training can be seamless with Apty 

While many in-app guidance solutions can help you design walkthroughs but unfortunately most of these solutions are not SCORM compliant. 

On the other hand, a Digital Adoption Platform like Apty is powered with Analytics which help you analyze the training needs of employees and also how employees interact with any web-based application.  Based on the insights you can create contextual walkthroughs and training content for each job function. 

Walkthroughs developed via Apty can easily be converted to SCORM format with just one click and can be uploaded to your LMS seamlessly. 

You need zero coding knowledge to develop SCORM content within this platform 

Wondering how it works? 

Well, you can create workflows which are also known as walkthroughs. It takes your employee from one step to the other, then you can also use the Announcement feature which acts as a pop-up or a notification

From there you can notify your employee about anything and could further add any type of CTA which can either direct them towards a knowledge base, training content, onboarding platform, and even you can launch workflows through these notification pop-ups. 

Then there are validation and tooltips that ensure that your employees are following the process while completing their tasks within the application. 

In Apty when a workflow is created the system takes the screenshot of the executed step.  Then these steps are collated together and can be exported as a PDF, Video, PPT, or SCORM file.  At last SCORM file is uploaded as a .Zip file to your LMS platform.

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Pro tip: With Apty you can track key training metrics which you cannot by using an LMS.  

Deploy SCORM Content Within Your LMS  

SCORM compliant content is easily downloadable with just one click. You can easily export your Workflow into SCORM which allows you to have an instructional presentation consisting of slides and it can be integrated easily with any LMS. 

Once the SCORM compliant content is downloaded from Apty all you to do is to deploy it in an LMS system like Moodle or Cornerstone. 

To understand it better we are going to take the example of Cornerstone a leading LMS platform.

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In cornerstone go to course publisher and create new publisher link and on the publication information page enter the basic course information and click Next.

Finally, all you have to do is browse for the downloaded zip file in your system and upload it on the LMS system. The status will change from upload in progress to publish.

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That’s it you are good to go. 

Just like this you can create SCORM content and upload it in any LMS system within few touchpoints. 

Accelerate SCORM Compliant Content Creation With Digital Adoption Platform 

Creating SCORM content is a complex task and in doing so it drains a lot of man-hours which can otherwise be used to strategize and optimize the training program. 

By using the right Digital Adoption Platform you can create interactive SCORM content in no time and increase the productivity of your L&D department. 

If you are interested in creating SCORM compliant content and wondering how exactly can Apty help you achieve your goalscontact Apty for a customized demo.

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Krishnan Kaushik
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