Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3 …
Testing SCORM content was a bit of a beating until SCORM Cloud came along. It gives you a great production implementation without having to do any work on your end. Just upload your course, push a button and watch the course run (or try to). Any problems are laid out clearly in the debug logs, making them easier to find and fix.
And if you really wanted to get into it, SCORM Cloud lets you pick and choose course properties until you found the ones that let your course run at its best. Between playing with course properties settings and recording problems listed in the debug logs, it’s possible to tweak your content to ensure the best possible outcome when it’s sent to the LMS.
But wait, there’s more!
Once you get your content working, you have the option of using a SCORM Cloud Dispatch to deliver your content to your LMS, and still keep most of the great benefits of SCORM Cloud. Often times this alone will solve compatibility issues with your content and your LMS.
If you’re just fed up with trying to get your content to work in your LMS, but it works just fine in SCORM Cloud, you can always just invite your learners to experience your content in SCORM Cloud. It works just like an LMS, but without some of the fancy bells and whistles.
And the cost is …
Oh, yeah. It’s free to test as much content as you want. The only limits you have for testing are the 100MB storage limit on free accounts and how many users can access your content. If you find you need more than storage or that you want more users to access your content, switching over to a paid account is easy (as is switching back).
Our reasons for making this free are valid. We want to support and further SCORM, and seeing all the ways SCORM gets implemented helps us make it better. So within your SCORM Cloud account, you can test as many courses as you like just as often as you need to and it’s still free.
Is this the SCORM Test Suite?
Nope. ADL produces an official SCORM Conformance Test Suite (CTS). The CTS is the only definitive way to prove that your content is SCORM conformant.
The CTS performs strict tests for basic technical conformance. SCORM Cloud lets you experience content as the learner will in the real world. The two compliment each other.
To use an analogy, the CTS is like the government emissions and safety tests your car goes through. These tests ensure that the car meets the minimum requirements. SCORM Cloud is like taking a car on a test drive.
SCORM Cloud doesn’t check for strict technical conformance, in fact it is quite tolerant of mistakes (but it points them out to you when it can). SCORM Cloud is probably the friendliest, most accepting SCORM player out there. If your content doesn’t work in SCORM Cloud, it is probably not going to work in your LMS either.
“As a WBT contract developer, being able to test in SCORM Cloud means that I can perfect my content before it goes to my client. I feel much more confident that my product can be released without further edits. Thank you!”
Larch Learning Solutions Inc.
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