Building the Perfect SCORMTM
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Creating Sharable Content Objects (SCO's) that successfully interact with a Learning Management System (LMS) via the SCORM Runtime Environment is problematic at best. Most developers are not able to run their LMS locally on their desktop. And even when they get to test the SCO against the actual LMS, they are not able to view the individual messages or see the return values. In addition, advanced authoring environments such as ToolBook® hide much of the runtime communication from the developer. This is nice until the developer needs to add capabilities or debug a problem. At that point, they need to know what SCORM messages get sent and when.
Enter SCORM Watch. It becomes your testing LMS. You give it the path to the SCO and (optionally) settings such as the window size, student name, and mastery score. It then launches the SCO and displays all the messages and values sent to and from the SCO. Better yet, SCORM Watch retains settings such as completion status and test score. You can then launch the SCO again to see how it reacts the next time. You can even save the path and other settings to an external file so that you can re-test your SCO's later from a given state.
SCORM Watch boasts numerous innovative features such as the ability to collapse unused areas of the screen, a special "swap" window to switch between SCORM Watch and the SCO, and special logging of interaction messages. It works with both SCORM 1.2 and 1.3 (2004) SCO's.
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Everything I have learned about SCORM has come from using SCORM Watch. It is so helpful to see the SCORM messages go by.
Get yourself a copy of SCORM Watch. I know I've said it before, and I'll happily say again, that this is a great tool. If you get at all serious about passing stuff backwards and forwards between content and an LMS, then this tool will save you hours.
Lastly, there is the joy of testing all of this. I cannot recommend highly enough Platte Canyon's SCORM Watch where this is concerned. If you are at all serious about getting into this, then SCORM Watch is a must have.
BTW, I really like using this tool. Much easier and more robust than anything else I have used.
You have saved my life and I am going to send an email to my project manager saying all of our developers should have a copy of SCORM Watch.