Building the Perfect SCORMTM

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The Problem:

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.

The Solution:

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.

The Uses:

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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User Comments

  • I have updated and tested this through your excellent SCORM Watch tool.
  • All is well with SCORM Watch. I am happy to have a supported test environment.
  • SCORM Watch is an awesome tool and it has allowed me to visualize what is going wrong with my Bookmarking scheme in Tracker.Net.
  • SCORM Watch really is indispensable when it comes to tracking books and their interoperability within an LMS. I could not have successfully completed a couple of jobs for clients without it
  • In the little bit I have used this, it has become my preferred testing tool.
  • I really like the window settings and the ability to save the SCO settings to a file. They will really save a lot of time. I also like the errors that are generated. I discovered a few things during the short time I have used it so far.
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