ISD and SCORM 2004
"I am finding precious little information on designing courses to make use of the sequencing features of SCORM 2004," says a reader.
The reader understands the concept of taking a shareable content object (SCO) to the page, paragraph or even word level, "but has anyone designed courses to actually do so?"
Here is a response:
The Learning Systems Architecture Lab (LSAL) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., offers several free resources, as well as a fee-based workshop:
The "SCORM Best Practices Guide for Content Developers" was created by an instructional designer and a programmer "to help instructional designers understand SCORM, and particularly simple sequencing -- the big change in SCORM 2004," says Nina Pasini Deibler ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). The free guide includes template content-structure diagrams for sequencing, with both plain-English explanations of sequencing rules and the SCORM functions that are to be coded in XML.
LSAL designed and developed a free set of "Fruits and Vegetables" content that demonstrates how SCORM 2004 content can be reused and the types of sequencing strategies that can be accomplished in SCORM 2004. "Instructional designers can take the prepackaged SCORM 2004 content, see how it works in action, and then try new sequencing strategies using this content as a prototype," says Pasini Deibler. To request a free copy, send an e-mail to the above address.
Jennifer Brooks, a programmer with the ADL Co-Lab in Alexandria, Va., modified a version of the Reload Editor content-packaging tool to enable instructional designers and programmers to sequence SCORM 2004 content. The version also includes the pre-programmed LSAL sequencing templates contained in the LSAL "SCORM Best Practices Guide for Content Developers." The free open-source tool is available at the above URL.
LAL offers a workshop entitled "Implementing SCORM: A Comprehensive Analysis and Plan for Making Your Content SCORM-Compliant." According to Pasini Deibler, the workshop walks you through a process for creating SCORM-compliant instructional designs and content and shows participants how to sequence and package content. The two-day workshop costs $1,400; the three-day version is $2,000. See the above URL for details.
Pasini Deibler is a senior instructional designer at LSAL.
Just announced: As part of Training Fall Conference in Long Beach, Calif., David Wirth, deputy director of the Academic ADL Co-Lab, will present a two-day hands-on mini-certificate (October 15-16) entitled "SCORM 101: How To Make Your E-learning SCORM-Conformant." For details, or to register, see the above URL in early June 2005, when the full Training Fall program is scheduled to be announced.
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