Update: The bookmarklet has been taken down as a courtesy to the e-learning developer community. I am not giving out the code, please don’t ask.
I’ve whipped up a proof-of-concept bookmarklet that when clicked will set your SCORM course to complete with a score of 100 (works with both SCORM 1.2 and 2004).
This bookmarklet isn’t guaranteed to work with all courses… it’s just a demonstration of what’s possible, and could be made much more sophisticated by someone highly motivated to cheat.
As e-learning continues to boom, we should be looking into ways of making courses more secure and more difficult to hack. I believe higher security should be achievable with current web technologies. For instance, how about requiring any score or completion data to be accompanied by a unique encrypted security key? Then no external script could inject false data because it wouldn’t have the required security key.
I don’t think cheating is a problem at the moment, but we should be proactive and implement better security before it becomes a problem.