SCORM Cloud connects learners with learning – anywhere

| 15 Jun 2010 | Permalink

product_icon_cloudBlogs, wikis, forums, social networks – the opportunities for learning are vast across the internet. But with each new opportunity comes the challenge of tracking the learning that happens there.

Until now, you had to make the choice – provide learning through new mediums and sacrifice tracking or send learners back to the learning management system for their training.

But SCORM Cloud from Rustici Software provides a solution to that problem. While not every piece of content needs to be tracked, when the need arises, you can use SCORM Cloud to connect learners to learning and track the results anywhere online. It serves as a platform for launching content where your learners are – WordPress or Facebook, say – then reports the results back to you rather than sending your students back to the LMS.

“With the SCORM Cloud, we’ve taken our content delivery tools and opened them up to the world,” said Mike Rustici, founder and partner of Rustici Software. “What we used to provide to LMSs, we are now providing to any system.”

The end result is making tracked online learning a possibility outside the LMS, a huge change from the current reality that training has to happen in the LMS.

SCORM Cloud’s open integration lets you initiate a content launch from anywhere. The learner’s training record is tracked by SCORM Cloud and can easily be reported back to other tracking systems, like HR tools, compliance management systems or even back to your LMS.

Early reviews of SCORM Cloud have been positive, with one blogger saying it “will rock your foundation and can turn the LMS world standing on their head”.

SCORM Cloud is more than just a way to track training though. You can also test your SCORM packages to ensure they run their best, launch training without the LMS, and view data that comes back in an easy to read format. Content creators can also use SCORM Cloud to send courses to an LMS to ensure the package will work and track how it gets used. And the new account interface makes it easier to access all the features and take advantage of all SCORM Cloud has to offer.

For anyone wanting to just test out the capabilities of SCORM Cloud, there is a free trial account available. If those limits are too restrictive, upgrade at any time to the paid accounts, which cost as little as $1 per learner per month to use.

SCORM Cloud is a hosted version of the well-known SCORM Engine from Rustici Software. SCORM Engine is integrated directly into an LMS installation so it can be part of the system behind a firewall or on your own server.