What is SCORM?


What is SCORM?

Hi, I’m Kataoka from marketing team🍎
You search an e-learning term SCORM.
I guess you may have come across this term a few times.
“SCORM” is difficult to understand and it is hard to imagine but it is definitely a concept and outline that is deeply related to e-learning.
In this article, we’ll disscuss “SCORM” together!

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. SCORM Background
  • 3. How SCORM works
  • 4. Benefits of Standardization
  • 5. Summary

1. Overview

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is an e-learning-related developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) of the U.S. Department of Defense. A standard that has been properly evaluated and by international standards as the “proof of quality and trustworthiness”.
By conforming to this standard, we can make learning possible on a variety of LMSs, regardless of the manufacturer who developed them. You can think of SCORM as a “standard for commonality in e-learning”. In Japan, the e-Learning Consortium is taking the lead in promoting the standard.

Let’s think of SCORM as a game console.

When you buy a new console, you may be puzzled by the differences in usability, controls, and button locations between the console controller and the one you were using before. After you’ve gotten used to it, it’s a lot of stress for you to re-learn the controls or to operate it the way you want. But what if the controller has a standardized system? If the controller is the same as the previous consoles, you will be able to work smoothly without any confusion. SCORM is the standard here


2.SCORM Background

The purpose of SCORM is to ensure that teaching and learning materials can be used interchangeably among different learning management systems and to prevent confusion of standards. However, due to the complexity of the SCORM specifications, it is difficult for laymen to create SCORM-compliant materials and learning materials. SCORM has been revised several times since it was first published in 1997, and the Japanese version is now available in Japan from the Japan e-Learning Consortium (eLC).

3. Configuring SCORM

Next, let’s look at the SCORM configuration.

These are the key words to explain SCORM in simple terms.

To make it possible to study e-learning content without major modifications in case of system or software upgrades, to make it possible to search for learning materials when needed on various operating systems or through web browsers, and to make it possible to easily reuse existing content to create new content (reusability). SCORM is a standard for e-Learning.
In e-Learning, e-Learning generally takes the form of a learning management system (LMS), and SCORM defines common specifications that connect the two.

The Benefits of SCORM Standardization
Currently, e-Learning is distributed separately as an LMS and content, but if this linkage is standardized, you can bring any content on any LMS which will lead users to get e-learning more affordable.


This time we disscused what is SCORM.
It is a global standard of LMS that does not need modifications to the system or software upgrades, and allows users to search for learning contents when needed on many operating systems and through web browsers, and to easily reuse existing content to create new content.



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