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Do we need a another reference model?

Posted on August 09 2002 by Gerry Graham in reponse to Experts question SCORM's pedagogic value

I don't think anyone would deny that SCORM is a step in the right direction, but let's remember what it is. It is a collection of specifications, or books using the ADL analogy, gathered together, tweaked and modified to suit a particular context - a single learner interacting with content presented through an LMS. Do this suit a formal education setting? No. But that isn't a problem.

Another way of looking at SCORM is a collection of application profiles. If we in an education context wish to create new application profiles to suit, for example for metadata we are free to do so. What we should learn from SCORM is that we need to do this in a systematic way, not in isolation or with too narrow a focus.

If we decided it right to create a new reference model we would probably choose to reuse most of the SCORM, tweak bits and add to it.

So yes, I would agree that SCORM's pedagogic model is questionable but it is not the end of the road. We are free to set our own path - as long as it is built on internationally accepted principles such as the core elements of SCORM.

SCORM may be a collection of 'books' but its no Bible. There will be no devine retribution for tampering here!


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