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Add eLearning (SCORM) Files to Lessons

Build Seismic Learning content around SCORM files and other eLearning packages

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Written by Michael Hughes
Updated over a week ago

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About eLearning Lessons

It used to be that you could only upload eLearning packages as standalone lessons, ones incorporating none of Seismic Learning's innovative teaching and learning tools. But that limitation is a thing of the past.

Now you can embed eLearning packages within a single section of a lesson, allowing you to build Seismic Learning content around that section in order to create deeper, more robust learning experiences.

This feature enhances Learning's interoperability, giving creators greater flexibility when drawing on external eLearning content. Learners benefit, too, when Seismic Learning elements are used to reinforce or extend the principles contained in eLearning objects.

Before you begin: You must have permission to create and edit content.

How It Works

When you select New SCORM Lesson from the New Content menu in the lesson builder, a message appears that reads as follows: "SCORM lessons have moved! eLearning files including SCORM, AICC, CMI5, and xAPI can now be added directly within lessons as sections. Create or edit a lesson to give it a try."

Eventually we'll disable this notification, but not before you've grown accustomed to the new workflow. To create a lesson that incorporates eLearning content, select New Lesson instead.

Add an eLearning File Section

1. After creating a new lesson, select the chevron alongside the New Section button. This dropdown menu includes a new eLearning File Section, a special element that allows you to upload eLearning ZIP files.

2. Select eLearning File Section to launch the configuration window. Drag and drop your ZIP file into this window, or select Browse to locate the file on your computer. Note that your file must be no larger than 1 GB.

3. After your file is successfully uploaded and processed, select your Learning Experience and Navigation settings.

Learning Experience determines how eLearning files open within lessons.

  • Full-Width: Content fills the entire width of the page. This is the default setting.

  • In-Line: Content is smaller and centered on the page.

  • New Window: Content opens in a new browser tab.

Navigation comprises two optional settings.

  • Display navigation bar with home button: This setting adds an additional navigation bar and home button to embedded eLearning content.

  • Show lesson navigation when the eLearning file is incomplete: This setting ensures that learners always have access to Learning's anchored navigation buttons, even when eLearning files contain their own navigation method.

The config menu also includes Completion and Grading notices to remind creators about the downstream implications of incorporating eLearning packages within lessons.

4. After uploading an eLearning package, select Preview to see how it looks from a learner's point of view. Lesson navigation is always displayed when previewing a lesson.

Learner Experience

When learners take a lesson that includes eLearning content, that content loads in its own page or section just like regular Learning sections. The package renders according to the learning experience options you selected in the configuration menu.

Note that Seismic Learning's anchored navigation buttons are hidden, however. This prevents learners from confusing eLearning navigation with the Learning navigation that surrounds it. When learners complete the eLearning file, they're automatically advanced to the next section of the lesson, whereupon Learning's navigation buttons reappear.

You can configure eLearning files so that learners always have access to Learning's navigation buttons, however. Just enable this setting in the eLearning configuration menu: "Show lesson navigation when the eLearning file is incomplete."

Learners can also navigate a lesson by using the table of contents. To do so, select the Show Lesson Details button in the upper right corner of the page, and then use the dropdown menu to select a section.

πŸ“ Note: If learners revisit an eLearning lesson after completing it, Seismic Learning's navigation buttons appear as usual.

When a lesson contains eLearning content, learners must finish that content to receive credit for taking the lesson. If learners select Complete Lesson before completing embedded eLearning content, a wait screen prompts them to answer required questions.

Progress Reports

On a Learner's Report Card

After learners complete eLearning lessons, the following results are recorded on their report cards:

  • Completion status (complete or incomplete)

  • Success status (pass, fail, or N/A)

  • Score (if applicable)

  • Time spent (if applicable)

πŸ“ Note: eLearning scores are not incorporated in scores earned by completing native Learning elements such as quiz questions. The scores that learners earn by completing SCORM files are recorded under the eLearning section of their report cards, not in the Score column of the progress overview page.

On the Lesson Overview Page

The lesson overview page provides an aggregated view of eLearning data across all learners, including:

  • Section title

  • Average score

  • Average time spent on eLearning content

Download eLearning Files

To download any eLearning files you've added, select Download Latest eLearning File from the lesson overview page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which eLearning formats does Seismic Learning support?

A. The following file formats are supported:

  • AICC (3.5, HACP version of 4.0) - .AU, .CRS, .CRT, .DES

  • xAPI (requires a tincan.xml file)

  • cmi5 (requires a cmi5.xml file)

  • SCORM 1.2

  • SCORM 2004 (2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions)

Each SCORM package must contain an imsmanifest.xml file except the xAPI specification, which requires a tincan.xml file.

Q. Can I add several eLearning packages to a single section?

A. No, you can only add one file per section.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of eLearning sections I can include within a single lesson?

A. No, but as a best practice we recommend adding no more than one or two eLearning sections. This keeps lesson duration to a reasonable time.

Q. Can I create standalone SCORM lessons using the previous method?

A. No, this update supersedes the previous process.

Q. How are my old SCORM lessons affected?

A. Existing SCORM lessons are automatically converted to the new format. Each lesson has just one section that contains the eLearning file, and you can add new sections to the lesson if you wish. The learner's experience is not affected.

Q. If I edit an eLearning file in a third-party authoring tool, will updates automatically sync to Seismic Learning?

A. No, you must upload a new version of the file.

Q. If I replace an eLearning package but do not republish the lesson, will learners see the old package or the new one?

A. Learners only see new versions of eLearning files when the lesson is published.

Q. Can I see the scores of individual questions in my eLearning courses?

A. No, analytics are aggregated across the entire eLearning package. Question-level analytics are not available at this time.

Q. Are eLearning scores factored into the overall lesson score?

A. No.

Q. Can eLearning sections be copied? What about lessons containing eLearning sections?

A. Due to technical limitations, eLearning files cannot be copied. You can duplicate lessons that contain eLearning files, but only Seismic Learning content is copied.

Q. Do lesson downloads contain eLearning files?

A. Lesson downloads (i.e., exported PDFs) contain this placeholder in lieu of eLearning content.

Q. If a learner retakes a lesson, do they need to complete eLearning content from the beginning?

A. Yes. If a learner fails a lesson and that lesson is reassigned, either manually or automatically, the learner must complete the eLearning content again.

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