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Common Cartridge & SCORM

  1. How might you transfer or move courses, education activities within and between Learning Management Systems (LMS)?
  2. How might you access education content (assessment, course, lessons, etc) from educational publishers?
  3. How might you import courses from a content author tool such as Articulate Storyline?

When reviewing Learning Management Systems there's a wide range in the market. What is marketed as an LMS and what is a full LMS is not always the same? There are many questions to ask about features and functionality but there are two main standards to look for that will allow you to:

  • manage your course offering
  • access educational content from publishers into an existing course
  • and importing a custom course.

If you are buying your course or materials from a publisher, you want to make sure the publisher has implemented Common Cartridge. You also want to make sure in this scenario that your LMS also implemented Common Cartridge. You'll want to also know if they implement Thin Common Cartridge or Common Cartridge.

Within most LMS, there's an embedded authoring tool for building courses, lessons, activities, and assessments, etc. Having Common Cartridge implemented will allow you to move your courses between a Common Cartridge compliant LMS and within the LMS.

Another scenario to consider is when importing a custom course. The situation maybe that you contracted out a custom built, interactive course by an instructional designer. Most instructional designer use a standalone course authoring tool such as Articulate Storyline. However most of these standalone course authoring tool do not implement Common Cartridge. Instead these software commonly implement SCORM. In simple terms, SCORM compliant authoring tools allows a course to be packaged into a zip that can be imported by a LMS. But you have to make sure, your LMS is also SCORM compliant.