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SCORM Compliance and LMS: What Does It Mean to be ‘SCORM-Compliant’?

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What is SCORM Compliance?

SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-Learning. SCORM Compliance means adherence to the industry standard for communication between online learning content and Learning Management Systems, enabling cross-platform and architecture compatibility of e-Learning software. Read More

How Can Authoring Tools Benefit Your Company?

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Even if your business has already begun to implement eLearning programs into corporate training procedures, it is important to stay up to speed with new approaches in order to reap the greatest benefits from these new technologies.  Upgrades and innovations to both new and existing authoring systems are no exception to this.

In educational software, an authoring tool is defined as a software package which allows a non-programmer to easily create original courseware, web pages, or multimedia applications, as well as the necessary tools to navigate them.  Developers use these programs (i.e. Articulate Storyline) in the interest of creating and packaging content that is easily digestible and deliverable to the end-user (the student participating in the eLearning course).

 

By using authoring tools to create eLearning components, businesses that range from small start-ups to Fortune 500’s will benefit by:

Realizing a Greater ROI on Educational Materials

One of those most obvious benefits of using an authoring tool to create eLearning courseware is the ease with which you are able to recycle learning objects – or the digitized elements that compose a lesson plan – from an existing course into a new one.  For companies who have purchased components that were created by a third party, this will increase the return on investment (ROI) that they will see.  Now, instead of using the material once, or spending a ton of time/manpower to transfer the information into a new format, corporate training professionals can quickly repurpose educational materials for additional uses.

Having the Most Optimized, State-of-the-Industry Content

Sometimes the best person for the job doesn’t necessarily get it.  This statement can’t be more true when you apply it to the creation of eLearning curricula.  In the past, the construction of a software system required the knowledge needed to write coding languages to that system; now, because of user-friendly authoring systems, this is no longer true.  Because of authoring tools, Instructional activities and eLearning course development can be directly created by the person who is most qualified to design such a curriculum, instead of the person who knew how to program computer software.  In this way, authoring tools are enabling companies to create eLearning materials in-house, as well as giving more control to the corporate trainers responsible for the success of the end-user.  To learn more, check out Learning Solutions Magazine’s list of the best tools to use.

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4 Qualities About SCORM that Revolutionized eLearning

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Developed by the United States Department of Defense as part of an initiative to standardized eLearning across federal and private sectors, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) was the first system of its kind. Prior to its development, eLearning and blended learning courses often had issues with the consistent creation and reliable deployment of quality content.  eLearning software was expensive and time-consuming to create, and it had to be custom programmed in each specific delivery environment in order to function properly, if at all.

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Blended Learning: How is it Increasing Educational Success?

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One of the greatest challenges a teacher faces is how to incorporate a lesson which appeals to, and can be understood by, the various types of learners participating in the class.  Researchers believe that blended learning will be able to help with that.

Personalized Education Yields Superior Results

In recent years, the concept of increasing the integration of technology into educational environments has garnered much support.  While there will always be a need for the traditional “brick-and-mortar” style of learning, there has been a definite increase in the usage of eLearning techniques within both school, as well as corporate training, curriculums, leaving teachers to wonder whether or not their jobs will soon be replaced by computer-mediated activities.  In 2010, the United States Department of Education published the results of a study intended to measure the effectiveness of face-to-face (F2F) versus online learning. The evidence they found supported the notion that a combination of F2F interactions as well as eLearning lessons developed an environment that fostered the most academic achievement.  Pace University and the NYC Teaching Fellows have even started to offer a two-year certificate program exclusively to train future educators about ways that they can “integrate digital tools and online content into their instruction.”

Blended learning differs from traditional “distance education” courses in that the class is not entirely conducted online, whereas it also deviates from simply including the use of computers inside the physical classroom.  The increasing occurrences of businesses – from small start-ups to Fortune 500’s – who are incorporating this type of educational program into their employee training programs, represents a progressive shift in instructional strategies.

It’s a Win-Win for Both Students and Teachers

Blended learning is reshaping how teachers, lecturers, and administrators approach web-based lesson plans in F2F settings; its very definition specifies that the student, in part, has control over when, where, and at what pace they want to work through the online portion of the course.  In this way, teachers feel less rushed to make sure they are mentioning all of the relevant information during their lectures, and students feel less pressured to absorb and grasp each concept in a short amount of time.  Now, teachers can better utilize the time that’s allotted for F2F learning (i.e. Q&A sessions).  A formal education program like blended learning will only improve as time passes and more businesses and academic institutions adopt and experiment with its techniques.  If achieving a higher level of learning that is able to reach out to a larger, and more diverse group of potential learners is a priority for the American people, then we are certainly headed in the right direction.  For a more in-depth definition, check out this article by TeachThought.com! Read our blog post on extra blended learning resources.

 

3 Things to Know About the Tin Can API

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Let’s be honest with ourselves:  although SCORM claims to be able to communicate with any LMS (Learning Management System) and vice versa, eLearning and education professionals admit to finding huge gaps in employees’ training progress when evaluating results based just on this system.  Using the new Tin Can API system will allow program developers to better interpret data because this new API is able to measure learning in ways that the older SCORM program was not.  Below are three of the most important upgrades that eLearning professionals will benefit from when switching over to the Tin Can.

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