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SCORM package

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a collection of specifications that enable interoperability, accessibility and re-usability of web-based learning content. SCORM content can be delivered to learners via any SCORM-compliant Learning Management System (LMS) using the same version of SCORM.

Adding a SCORM package

To add a SCORM package to your course

Quick method: (Note – does not work with Internet Explorer)

  1. Click the ‘Turn editing on’ button at the top right of the course page

  2. Drag and drop the SCORM package zip file onto the course section where you’d like it to appear

  3. Answer ‘Add a SCORM package’ to the pop-up dialogue asking what you want to do with the zip file then click the upload button

  4. If necessary, edit the title of the file by clicking the pencil icon, or edit other options (see below) by clicking the editing icon

Note: It is currently not yet possible to add AICC packages using the quick method.

Longer method:

  1. Click the ‘Turn editing on’ button at the top right of the course page

  2. Click the ‘Add an activity or resource’ link in the section you wish to add your SCORM package, then in the activity chooser, select SCORM package then click the Add button (or select ‘SCORM package’ from the ‘Add an activity’ drop-down menu)

  3. Enter a name and a description (which may be required or optional according to the admin settings)

  4. Either drag and drop a SCORM package zip file into the box with an arrow or click the Add button to open the File picker menu in order to choose a file from your computer or a repository

  5. Select display and other options as required (see below)

  6. Click the button ‘Save and display’ at the bottom of the page

You can edit or update the SCORM package later by clicking on the edit icon (usually a hand/pen) or by clicking on its name and then Settings > SCORM/AICC administration > Edit settings.

Note: Moodle does not generate SCORM content. Moodle presents the content in SCORM packages to learners, and saves data from learner interactions with the SCORM package.

General settings

  • Name field records the short name of the activity. This appears in the navigation breadcrumb.

  • Description text may be displayed on the course home page if you check the box “Display description on course page”.

  • Package file setting determines what SCORM package is used by this SCORM activity. To select the SCORM package, first select the Choose button to launch the File picker or drag and drop your SCORM package into the box as below:


Display settings

  • When the “Show advanced” button is clicked, the following options are available:

  • Display package - in current or new window

  • Width - Stage size width as a css value, either % or pixels. Default is 100%. You can change to a different percentage by putting a % symbol after the number (ex. 80%). You can also set to a pixels value by entering a number higher than 100 (ex. 800).

  • Height - Stage size height as a css value, either % or pixels. Default is 500 pixels. You can change to a percentage by putting a % symbol after the number (ex. 80%). You can also set to a pixels value by entering a number higher than 100 (ex. 800).

  • Options - There are a series of check boxes for:Allow the window to be resized ad scrolled, displaying directory links, location bar, menu bar, tool-bar and/or status.

  • Student skip content structure page - never, first access, always

  • Disable preview mode - If this option is set to Yes, the Preview button in the view page of a SCORM/AICC Package activity will be hidden. The student can choose to preview (browse mode) the activity or attempt it in the normal mode. When a Learning Object is completed in preview (browse) mode, it’s marked with browsed icon

  • Course structure display - Table of Contents display

  • Hide navigation buttons


Grade settings

  • Grading method

    • Learning Objects – This mode shows the number of completed/passed Learning Objects for the activity. The max value is the number of Package’s Learning Objects. Tip: If your SCORM package does report cmi.core.lesson_status, and does not report cmi.core.score.raw, then you should use this setting.

    • Highest grade – The grade page will display the highest score obtained by users in all passed Learning Objects. Tip: If your SCORM package does report cmi.core.score.raw, and does not report cmi.core.lesson_status, then you should use this setting, Average grade, or Sum grade.

    • Average grade – If you choose this mode Moodle will calculate the average of all scores.

    • Sum grade – With this mode all the scores will be added.

  • Maximum grade - Not applicable if Grading Method is Learning objects. Usual setting is 100. If your SCO ‘s high score is something other than 100, you should adjust this value appropriately. When grading Method is one of the score settings, then the gradebook grade is package score divided by this number.



Additional settings

  • Number of attempts - Defines the number of attempts permitted to users. It works only with SCORM 1.2 and AICC packages. SCORM2004 has its own max attempts definition.

    • The option to start a new attempt is provided by a check-box above the Enter button on the content structure page, so be sure you’re providing access to that page if you want to allow more than one attempt.

    • An attempt is not complete until the cmi.core.lesson_status for the attempt is set to either ‘completed’ or ‘passed’. After that, the Start new attempt check-box is available to the learner.

  • Attempts grading - When you permit multiple attempts for students, you can choose how to record the result in gradebook by first, last, average or highest settings.

  • Display attempt status - If enabled, scores and grades for attempts are displayed on the SCORM outline page. This setting makes the block display more info to the user on the entry page to the SCORM and in the course overview block – if you turn it off it will display less info. This setting is helpful when debugging grading issues – working out why a user got a certain grade.

  • Display course structure

  • Force completed

  • Force new attempt

  • Lock after final attempt

  • Auto-Continue - If Auto-continue is set to Yes, when a Learning Object calls the “close communication” method, the next available Learning Object is launched automatically. If it is set to No, the users must use the “Continue” button to go on.

TIP: Auto-Continue will only to move from one SCORM to the next in the same topic.

  • Auto-update frequency – If not using a standard SCORM package uploaded using the file-picker and the SCORM package is hosted outside your Moodle installation the option to auto-update the package will be available – you can elect to have the package updated on every entry to the package or daily via the Moodle cron.


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