How to Create Effective SCORM Courses: Compatible eLearning Development

Before talking about creating practical SCORM courses, you probably want to know: What SCORM is? Good question! In a nutshell, SCORM is a standard for eLearning development that ensures your online training content is compatible with your software suite. This acronym stands for:

SC = Shareable Content 

Content that can be taken from one system to another without changing it.

O = Object

Lessons in a SCORM course are referred to as ‘objects’. Thus, for example, lessons can be designed to understand one lesson before continuing to another.

RM = Reference Model

SCORM borrows from older reference models and makes improvements. This is how SCORM standards are maintained.

The 7 Best Practices for Developing SCORM eLearning Content.


1. Choose Compatible eLearning Authoring Tools

Some authoring tools are not a good fit with others. For example, your eLearning authoring tool may help you produce quality online training content. Still, it won’t allow you to import files to your chosen LMS. Not very SCORM friendly!

When looking at new tools, it is vital to ensure they are SCORM-compliant and guarantee compatibility with your existing online training materials.

2. What Are Your Online Training Needs?

There are 2 things you must take into consideration:

  • – Your online training budget
  • – Your learning objectives 


Some companies may believe they don’t necessarily need SCORM standard resources. However, this creates limitations for business growth. There is nothing more frustrating than deploying local online training materials without the ability to export these assets to third party tools for employees. 

3. Customise The Display Settings Based On Employee Preferences

Good eLearning authoring tools should allow you to customise display settings providing an optimal viewing experience on all devices for employees and clients. 

4. Test Round

How to Test Your eLearning Course is SCORM Compliant:

Step 1.

Package all of your content for your course in an eLearning authoring tool.

Step 2.

Now export it as a ZIP file to your LMS platform. 

Step 3.

Next, check that all the design elements are in the correct position and navigation work correctly. 

Repeat each of these steps on each device!

5. Keep Track of Your eLearning Course

Ways to Check Your Course is SCORM Compliant:

  • – Use your LMS to check employee performance during online activities and report any issues as soon as possible.
  • – Check that your employees can pause the online training and then continue from the exact spot they left off  from. 
  • – Make sure the online training content and the layout is not changing when a page is refreshed.
  • – Continue to regularly monitor your content’s compatibility once it is launched and live.
  • – Don’t assume your online training course can be left unsupervised. It should constantly be evolving with technology and information.

6. Content Manifest

A SCORM manifest is an overview of your training content. Your package should always have a manifest zip file containing your resources, general format, and other design elements. 

7. Criteria To Measure Performance

Make a list of grading criteria and values to help you evaluate your course and its content. Your list may include:

  • – When and how you will assess employees, perhaps have a test triggered after each module.
  • – Have employees complete an online training simulation to achieve their certification.
  • – Make sure you have the right skills being tested to ensure you can grade them accurately.

Final Thoughts

When your eLearning course is SCORM compliant, it can be repurposed and allows for flexible accessibility. You will have your tools of choice without the burden of having to overcome compatibility issues. Your resources can be allocated seamlessly and will heighten all the benefits of your online training course.