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SCORM is not a content metadata description

Posted on April 22 2005 by Brad Jensen in reponse to IEEE to lift SCORM, IMS Content Packaging to standard status, clarifies LOM future.

" Because LOM just specifies the various categories in which a learning object can be identified, it is not restricted to any particular way of writing that metadata in a file."

SCORM is not a content metadata standard, and including it under LOM makes no sense.

SCORM is an interoperability standard for repackaging substantially all of a content object. The standard specifically requires student information, which has absolutely nothing to do with learning object metadata.

Learning object metadata is meant to provide meaningful synopsis and abstraction of the learning object. SCORM is designed to make the entire content reusable between different Learning Management Systems, or course engines.

If you want a universal grammar for Learning Object Metadata, you need to establish the metacontext for its use.

If that metacontext is search and retreival of leanring objects, then SCORM is not a part of it.

Brad Jensen

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