So, which one to choose between SCORM 1.2 and 2004? If you just want the basic but proven functionality and want to report on learner outcomes, go with the older version. However, if you want some more advanced options such as complex navigation and sequencing, you should definitely go for SCORM 2004.Advanced analytics for better customization.
The older version has been around since 2001 with only one standard: write-only. This meant that a course creator couldn't read what they had written. It changed in 2004, when a new version was released, featuring a read-write functionality. In addition, SCORM 2004 allows authors to review past interactions, see the results, and create a learning path based on those results.Status separation.
One more drawback of the older version was a lesson status bar. It could indicate if the lesson is completed, incomplete, failed, passed, browsed, or not attempted. This was enough information for many authors, but others wanted more data: whether a learner completed a course, which questions a learner passed, and how many points they earned. And when SCORM 2004 came out, it was all there!Advanced course logic.
The final killer feature of the newer version that's worth mentioning is sequencing. It allows authors to add a logic that determines the order which learners access the task and content in. You can now set up specific paths that can be customized for each learner, while learners can save results mid-course and resume at a later time. Sequencing is available with SCORM 2004 only.
Once again, here's a list of the main advantages of SCORM 2004 over the older version:
- Read-write interactions
- Advanced analytics and customization
- Status separation
- New course logic with sequencing and navigation
So you're all set, and all you need to do is choose the right course builder and LMS to check if it's SCORM compliant. But what if you want something different from both older and newer versions? Are there other options? Let's find out together!