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How to Publish SCORM Content with Elucidat

Every eLearning pro needs a great authoring tool to create engaging courses. Thankfully, there are now quite a few options for you to choose from. Along with the two most famous tools, Storyline and Captivate, there are some newer challengers that are really building momentum. Elucidat is very much one of these.

Like LearnUpon, Elucidat is cloud-based. This means there’s no need to worry about any downloads or updates. It opens the door to easier collaboration with colleagues too as multiple authors can operate in one account.

Elucidat is easy to use and in our experience allows for the rapid creation of course content. It creates HTML5 based courses and you can export in the most prominent eLearning standards like SCORM and xAPI. This ensures that it can tackle modern training challenges.

In this post, we’ll show you how to create a SCORM course with Elucidat. This should also give you a little insight into why we love it.

An Easy Authoring Process

As mentioned previously, Elucidat is designed to be easy to use. In fact, it walks you through the opening stages of the process! As soon as you log in you are corralled through these steps:

  1. Choose a visual starting point
  2. Configure your course by adding pages
  3. Build it

This fast tracks you through the mundane set up stages, and if you use lots of different eLearning tools on a day to day basis - you don't have to remember workflows!

Styling your course

In step 1 above, you choose to use either one of Elucidat’s pre-baked design templates, or create your own.

elucidat scormYou can make changes to this after your course structure is in place so there’s no need to get stuck on which shade of blue to use in your background right now! Just concentrate on the structure of your course and the features you need to add.

Note* When you do need to tweak the styling, simply choose the 'styles' option in the ‘Projects’ ribbon menu.

Adding Pages

It’s time to add pages. For each page you add, there are different options to choose from (10 at the time of writing).

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Maybe you want to include a presentation style page, or perhaps a page focusing on a video? Not only are there options for these and many more. There's even sub-choices so you can drill down to exactly the type of content you want.

Once you’re happy with the basic structure of pages you have mapped out click ‘Build it’. Predictably, your course is then built!

Authoring

Elucidat puts your choices together into a course structure and then allows you to make more detailed changes. Progress page by page and add in your content and modify settings.

Each page acts as a skeleton on which you hang your text and multimedia. For example, if you choose a presentation style page you'll be prompted to add in your image and your text in the appropriate area.

Note* If you're a more advanced user you can explore the 'layout designer' to customize each page’s layout more fully.

Page Scoring & Completion

Be sure to check that you have set up any interactive elements correctly and that the right information will be passed to your LMS. Click into the page settings for pages that have elements like this (exams, surveys etc.) and make sure that everything in the 'Scoring & Completion' tab is OK.

There's a dropdown named "This page is completed by" that you should pay particular attention to.

For pages with an exam or survey,  set this to either 'User submitting a score' or 'User submitting a CORRECT score'.

For pages with non-assessment based interactivity, the second option in the dropdown, 'User opening ALL PARTS of the page' is usually best. This will include pages with hotspots or videos.

View mode

The view mode in the ribbon is your friend! It makes designing responsive courses a breeze. You can see, in real time, how your course design responds to various sizes of device. This helps you spot issues fast and make changes on the fly. Our advice: use this mode frequently!

Project Configuration

In the center of the menu under 'Projects' you'll see a three cog icon with the text: 'configure'. This is where you set up the overall course settings. This is crucial. The most important settings relating to communication between the SCORM course and your LMS are here.

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Scoring

Set up a pass mark for your course. This is sent to the LMS when the learner finishes the course and it’s the measurement that dictates whether a learner passes or fails.

Learner Tracking

The tracking mode is the eLearning standard that the course will be published in. For LearnUpon users, set this to SCORM 1.2 (or xAPI).

The option below that called 'Mark completed courses as:' is very important too. Depending on your preference set it to one of the two options; Passed, Completed. Passed is usually the one to go for if there is an assessment in your course like an exam.

Making a Release

Once your content is completed and your settings are locked in its time to get your Zip folder.

To ‘export’ your course you have to create a ‘release’. You can find this option in the ribbon menu at the top of your screen nesting under ‘Projects’. Click on ‘+ Add a Release’ and a dialogue box will appear.

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You are given four ‘release mode’ options to choose from. Choose the first one ‘SCORM package for Learning Management Systems' so that the end product is a Zip folder that you can upload to your LMS.  

When you hit the ‘Release’ button on the left-hand side you’ll see a success message. Your release is queued and will be emailed to you as soon as it's ready.

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This might seem odd for those of you who are used to having a traditional authoring tool downloaded on your machine, but it works very quickly and having a record of releases in your email is handy.

Uploading to LearnUpon

With your SCORM zip now downloaded you can upload it to an LMS like LearnUpon to deliver it to your learners and track their progress. Simply add a SCORM module to a course and then upload *your zipped file*.

 

 

 

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