Hi, I’m Philip Hutchison, aka @pipwerks. Thanks for visiting!
pipwerks.com (est. 2006) is my labor of love, dedicated to e-learning development, with a focus on hand-built, do-it-yourself code using standards, modern best practices, and open-source libraries. I’ve spent the better part of two decades absorbing the intricacies of accessible web development, e-learning development, and learning management systems, and have tried to document some of my experiences along the way.
I thought I’d type up a quickie list of things I believe in, as it relates to my profession or my kids’ schooling; I’ll leave out politics, religion, the sad state of the music industry, Apple versus Adobe, and alien conspiracies.
Setty’s line “Smart people want to give their best” seems to be something of a passing thought in his post. I’d like to give it more attention, because I believe conscientious experienced folks have a fear of giving bad advice.
Someone recently posted a blog entry ranting about the use of the term “best practices” in our industry. I understand the frustration with thoughtless pronouncements about best practices, especially coming from people who may not know any better; it will often sound a lot like how like mom used to say “eat this, it’s good for you” without really knowing whether it’s true. However, there is a big difference between best practices in terms of learning theory — something that’s difficult to quantify and/or prove — and technology.
Most e-learning developers don’t care about SCORM and only (begrudingly) learn enough to get the job done. I don’t blame them. This brings up the never-ending question when it comes to using SCORM in courseware: What are you really trying to do with SCORM?
Today, I’m going to explain how to add SCORM code to a plain HTML file. This example uses SCORM 1.2 syntax, but as I explain at the end of the tutorial, it’s really easy to edit the code to use SCORM 2004 syntax.
Understanding that we should be using standards and best practices throughout e-learning development, the question becomes “what standards and best practices should we follow?”
Here’s my attempt at outlining some basics.
I’m 100% positive I’ve missed a few things, and I’m pretty sure not everyone will agree with my statements. Why not join in and add your two cents?
A personal retrospective on Internet Explorer, the browser we loved to hate.
The journey from Server.app on a Mac Mini to a DigitalOcean droplet and SpinupWP
Pour a cold one for SWFObject and learnswfobject.com.
Learning to run a Mac Mini server without Server.app.
Emulation Station’s scraper is hit-or-miss. Here are my notes on using Steven Selph’s Scraper instead.
Updating PDFObject for the modern web.
If you’re looking for my SCORM wrappers or other open-source projects, head on over to my GitHub page