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What does SCORM mean?

Discover what SCORM means, examples of its usage and how it relates to L&D.

What does SCORM mean?
  • SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.
  • SCORM is a set of technical standards for elearning software which defines how programmers and content designers should create learning content and software on a technical basis so that it can integrate with other learning platforms and content.
  • When a piece of content or software is described as “SCORM compliant” that means it adheres to the SCORM standards.
  • THRIVE LXP is SCORM compliant.
  • SCORM does not define how the content or platform should look or how the instructional content should be designed. It is purely concerned with the technical specifications of the content.
  • There are five editions of SCORM : SCORM 1.1, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 2nd Edition, SCORM 2004 3rd Edition and SCORM 2004 4th edition but the most widely used versions of SCORM are SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 3rd Edition.
  • SCORM is defined by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative from the US Department of Defense.
  • SCORM is by no means the only way to create learning content. When considering whether to use SCORM standards, it is important to consider how your learners learn rather than how the organisation wants them to learn.
  • To create SCORM content you will need to use an “authoring tool” which can quickly and easily make content that is SCORM compliant. 
  • Confused between SCORM, xAPI and CMI5? Check out our blog where we demystify elearning standards.

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