One of the great tools in the Learning Zone is the ability to upload and play E-Learning Modules, or SCORM packages, right through your LearningZone systems. Why is that good for us? Simple - E-Learning Modules have been shown one of the best tools to get our message across to our employees, managers, and overall organization; and if they can be uploaded into our LearningZone and make our lives easier by putting them in one place - that's fantastic! See how to add them below:
But first - what is an E-Learning Module (SCORM)
An E-Learning Module is a collection of files packed together in a certain way with common learning objects and topics.
The system allows you to upload such modules for your users as a zip file in either SCORM or AICC formats.
The content of the module is usually presented in several different pages/sections which the user goes through. These can be navigated with a table of contents, navigation buttons and more.
A SCORM/E-Learning Module allows different types of data to be transferred into the LearningZone system and vica-versa. For example:
- LearningZone can transfer information about the user into the module.The module can then use this information to continue the activity based on his previous experience (answering certain questions, reading a certain section and not repeating his past work, etc.).
- The E-Learning Module can transfer data back into the system; about the time the learner spent on each screen, what questions he had answered correctly/incorrectly, and the grade he got in the quiz (all these will only apply if they appear within the module).
- If the completion of the module depends on a passing grade in the quiz included in it, the module can report back to the system whether the user passed , failed, or completed the quiz.
- LearningZone can compile reports from information passed on to it by the E-Learning module.
Creating a SCORM Activity:
A SCORM activity can be created as part of an already existing course. If you have not made the course the SCORM belongs to yet, check out how to create and manage courses in our Knoledgebase.
Step 1: After entering the relevant course, select "Turn Editing On". To add an activity, click 'Add an Activity or Resource'
Step 2: In the window that opens, select 'SCORM Package'
Step 3: You will then need to fill out the general settings:
- Name - this is a mandatory field. This is the name of the module that will appear in the course page.
- Description - this is a mandatory field. The description allows the users to learn about the module contents and topics.
- Display Description on Course Page - if you choose to select this option, the text you wrote in the 'Description' section will appear under the activity link in the course.
- Auto Update Frequency - this option allows the SCORM package to be downloaded to the computer automatically and be updated online
- Package File - this is where you upload your SCORM package. The file will be a zip file containing E-Learning modules in the form of SCORM or AICC.
- Appearance / Display Package - there are several ways you can choose to display your module; the two main ones will be displaying in a new window or the current window when opened
- Availability - here you can decide the period of time the module will be available to users.
- Attempts Management - here you can decide the number of attempts of the module that will be given to users. Note - if you have limited the number of attempts for the user, you can also set the 'Attempts Grading', which is available once you have set several attempts. This option allows you to decide which option will be seen in the grade report - the first, the best attempt, the average of all the attempts, or the last.
- Compatibility Settings; Auto-continue - if set, this will allow the user to continue the module from the last place he stopped.
- Common Module Setting; Visible - here, you have two options. The automatic setting will be 'Show'. If you would like the hide your module, select 'Hide'.
- Activity Completion; Completion Tracking - when this option is enabled, the system will keep track of this activities completion, automatic or manual depending on several factors. IF you would like, you make mark 'Show Activity As Complete When Conditions are Met'.
- Required Minimum Score - when enabled, the activity will be considered completed when the user has gotten the required score.
- Expect Completed On - this date signifies when the module has to be completed by. The date will only appear in the activity completion reports.
Step 4: After completing the settings, click 'Save and Return to Course'.
Tips and Suggestions:
- It is important to correctly identify the type of E-Learning module and then decide on the best module to system reporting system.
- There are several ways of grade reporting that can be done in SCORM activities. These range between Pass/Fail, Completed/Not Completed (for example - a user may have completed the activity, but faulted in its exams. This will show in your reports).