The industry of technology never stops. Constantly, companies from that industry update their products to offer a better and complete version. This is something that users appreciate because they can expect that the product they got would be getting better among the time. Nevertheless, sometimes older versions are better than new versions.
In the eLearning industry, especially talking about LMS or Learning Management Systems, and all the concepts that come around it, organizations get used managing a specific version, and many times prefer to keep the one that already has all the information and courses. Or they do depth research to understand which would be the best decision that they should take between the versions.
In this blog, with want to help all that, like you, are looking which version of SCORM (1.2 and 2004) is better, why and which would be the main differences. To start, let’s talk a little bit about SCORM. Breaking the word down, the ‘S’ stands for ‘sharable’, which implies that the information can be accessed easily by different people over different platforms. ‘CO’ stands for ‘content object’, that speaks about the presence of different courses and documents within the e-learning platform. Lastly, ‘RM’ is ‘reference model’ that refers to the information that the developers require to ensure that the courses and the systems on which they are run use the same format.
In other words, SCORM is nothing but a set of standards that make the courses and the course-carrier LMS compatible with each other. Your courses in SCORM format can be read from any LMS that is SCORM compliant. If you are reading this blog, I’m guessing is because you already have a SCORM compliant LMS.
Regardless of the buzz around the TinCan API, SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 still enjoy better support as a way of ensuring standardized communication between online courses and their corresponding learning management system. SCORM 1.2 is in all likelihood the most commonly used specification in the industry. The biggest advantage of SCORM 1.2 is that uploading content to the LMS is as easy as uploading a ZIP file. Unfortunately, SCORM 1.2 lacks many of the features of the more modern specifications, like SCORM 2004. So which to choose? In this blog, we are going to compare SCORM 1.2 vs SCORM 2004 to give you some tools before choosing one of them. Also, check out a previous blog post if you want to know more info about SCORM.
SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 – Which makes more sense for you?
While not as widely used as SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 2nd edition is known for its sequencing and navigation improvements. Content vendors now have the ability to prevent access to certain course elements based on earlier results.
Still, the question remains: is there really an advantage in using the ‘newer’ SCORM 2004 over SCORM 1.2?
There are three main changes in SCORM 2004: Status Separation, read-write Interactions, and Sequencing.