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 am a long time user of SCORM Watch from Platte Canyon. It is an extremely reliable and valuable tool. In fact, besides our Tracker.Net LMS and ToolBook, it is the most important tool we have in our development library. Highly recommend it.
  • This is a great program; you’re to be congratulated.
  • I have one of the early copies of SCORM Watch from Platte Canyon and it is a very valuable tool. It acts like an LMS in that it launches your SCOs, then allows you to see the values that are read and written to and from the LMS (SCORM Watch). This is great when you are trying to debug.
  • In the little bit I have used this, it has become my preferred testing tool.
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