Educators

A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Define how learning materials interact with one another

SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It is a collection of standards that outlines how online learning materials and learning management systems should interact with one another. For additional details, visit: http://scorm.com/scorm-explained

In order to use the new SCORM solution, you must enable the Content Service for your organisation. If you do not enable the Content Service, your organisation will continue to use the existing SCORM solution.

Connect is SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 compliant. SCORM can be used with mobile devices, provided the SCORM object has been developed to work on mobile devices. Access the non-mobile version of your site to make best use of the SCORM object.

For additional technical details about SCORM, visit: http://scorm.com/scorm-explained/technical-scorm/ . Because each authoring tool may interpret SCORM standards differently, consider viewing any SCORM-related documentation resources provided by your third party authoring tool.

For an external SCORM testing tool, visit: https://code.google.com/p/scormtester/ .

Add a SCORM package to the Content tool

If you are using the new SCORM solution, upload SCORM packages directly into the Content tool.

  1. In Content, either create or select a module to include your SCORM package in.
  2. Within your selected module, from the Upload/Create button, select New SCORM Object.
  3. In the New SCORM Object dialog window, do one of the following:
    • If you want to upload a new SCORM package, click Upload. Then, either browse to your file, or drag and drop it into the designated area.
    • If you want to add a previously uploaded SCORM package, select it from the list.
  1. Click Save.
  2. On the Insert SCORM Package screen, do one of the following:
    • If you want the SCORM package in your unit to remain as it was when you uploaded it (to be statically linked), click Display this version even if a new version is added.
    • If you want the SCORM package in your unit to remain updated as new versions are added (to be dynamically linked), click Always display the latest version.
  1. Click Save.

If you are using the existing SCORM solution, SCORM packages must be imported to the Content tool. The import function identifies the content as SCORM, and allows the proper initialization of SCORM LMS calls.

  1. From Edit Unit, click Import/Export/Copy components > Import Components.
  2. Select from a unit package.
  3. Click Start.
  4. Drag and drop the SCORM package onto the upload target.
  5. Click Import All Components.
  6. Do one of the following:
    • To view the SCORM package within Content, click View Content.
    • To import another SCORM package, click Import Another Package.

Move your imported SCORM content to a different module

If you are using the existing SCORM solution and you import a SCORM package, it creates a single module and topic as part of the process. After the import process is completed, you can move the topic using the move function in the Content tool to the desired module and delete the unnecessary module that was created as part of the import process.

Adjust the display size of your SCORM object

If you are using the existing SCORM solution, in many cases, display issues are the result of settings selected when authoring a SCORM package. If SCORM objects are too small or too large when viewed in Content, consider replacing the absolute values set for the dimensions in the HTML file with relative values.

  1. From Manage Files, click the action menu for the file you want to edit.
  2. Select Edit File > HTML Source Editor.
  3. Replace the absolute values for width and height in the HTML file with relative values.
  4. Click Save.

Note: The location of these elements vary depending on the authoring tool used to create the SCORM package. Editing these values from the publishing tool and creating a new package with the updated values allows you to successfully use the package repeatedly while only needing to edit it once.

Remove a grade item from a SCORM object after the package is imported

In order to remove a grade item that was originally created as part of a SCORM package, you must first break the association between the grade book item and the content item.

  1. In the Content tool, navigate to the SCORM object that you want to disassociate from the grade item.
  2. Click the content topic.
  3. From the Activity Details tab, in the Assessment area, click the topic title.
  4. From the context menu, click No Grade.
  5. Click Save.

Note: If the SCORM package is already deleted, you cannot remove the grade book item. If you require grade book items to be removed from your unit, contact eLearning Services.

Publish a SCORM package as a SWF or HTML5 file with automatic grade creation

If you are using the existing SCORM solution, to ensure that SCORM packages publish as SWF and HTML5 files with automatic grade creation, the d2l.Tools.Content.AllowAutoSCORMGradeItem configuration variable must be set to On (the default for this variable). This configuration variable is an org unit level variable, allowing you to configure SCORM grade item creation differently across your organisation. Contact eLearning Services to configure this for your unit.

If you are using SCORM 1.2, the user grades are set when the following occurs:

If you encounter errors in your imported SCORM package, test your SCORM package using an external SCORM testing tool such as: https://code.google.com/p/scormtester/.

Publish a SCORM package as a SWF or HTML5 file with manual grade creation

If you are using the existing SCORM solution, to ensure that SCORM packages publish as SWF and HTML5 files with manual grade creation, the d2l.Tools.Content.AllowAutoSCORMGradeItem configuration variable must be set to Off for the Org Unit requiring manual grade creation. Contact eLearning Services to configure this for your unit.

If you are using SCORM 1.2, user grades are set when the following occurs:

These items are set when the SCORM package is authored and are not determined by Connect. If you encounter errors in your imported SCORM package, test your SCORM package using an external SCORM testing tool such as: https://code.google.com/p/scormtester/.

Troubleshooting

My SCORM objects are too small or too large in the Content tool

In many cases, display issues are the result of settings selected when authoring a SCORM package. If SCORM objects are too small or too large when viewed in Content, consider replacing the absolute values set for the dimensions in the HTML file with relative values. To do this:

  1. From Manage Files, click the action menu for the file you want to edit.
  2. Select Edit File.
  3. Click HTML Source Editor.
  4. Replace the absolute values for width and height in the HTML file with relative values.
  5. Click Save.

Note: The location of these elements vary depending on the authoring tool used to create the SCORM package. Editing these values from the publishing tool and creating a new package with the updated values allows you to successfully use the package repeatedly while only needing to edit it once.

When I view my SCORM package in the Content tool, I receive a notification that an error occurred initializing communications with the LMS

Some authoring tools include a multiscreen.html file in SCORM packages that requires editing prior to importing the package into Connect. To edit the file:

  1. Open the SCORM package ZIP folder.
  2. Locate the multiscreen.html file.
  3. Open the file in an editor.
  4. Locate the onload parameter of the <frameset> tag.
  5. Replace the current value with: onload="".
  6. Locate the src parameter of the <frame> tag.
  7. Update the src value with the appropriate .htm file. For example, if the project name is VRT – Tool Intro, there should be an htm file in the SCORM package called VRT – Tool Intro.htm. In this example, the src parameter would be: src="VRT – Tool Intro.htm".
  8. Save your changes.
  9. Place the file back in the ZIP folder, overwriting the original.
  10. Import the SCORM package into Connect using the Import/Export/Copy Components tool.