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Seminar4web make new SCORM authoring tool and outline available

Seminar is an older, Computer-Based Training (CBT) authoring tool that has recently been rewritten to facilitate web-based output. The package aims to make it easy to author SCORM and AICC compliant learning objects, and the vendor has even made a handy article available that introduces SCORM to new content authors.

The particular aim of the Seminar4web application is to hide as much of the technicalities of standard compliant content creation as possible. Practically the only way to achieve this, and maintain a degree of flexibility in course design at the same time, is to work with templates- which is exactly what Seminar4web does. The added value is that the templates themselves are 'intelligent'; which means that the appropriate resources become available in a context sensitive way, and can be added by drag and drop.

In terms of output formats, Seminar4web creates 'programmes'- small stand-alone executables that can be emailed, put on a network or even stuck on a floppy. As the name implies, Seminar4web content can also be launched and viewed through a browser. When this is done from within an AICC or SCORM compliant Managed Learning System (MLS), student performance can be monitored and recorded. The stand-alone packages need to be retrieved for performance analysis, but they do capture and export student performance in a variety of formats. Educators in mixed environments need to bear in mind that cross-platform support is not great, though: the web content works in MS Internet Explorer only and both the authoring tool and the executable content packages are MS Windows only.

A bit separate from the tool itself, the vendor has also made a very useful introduction to the SCORM reference model(136 Kb, pdf) available to content creators. It gives a wealth of practical advice on what SCORM is and how to implement it.

More information about Seminar4web is available at the Seminar4web website.

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