In part one of this series, we published a simple Captivate course and examined its file structure. In this part, we’ll take an in-depth look at the HTML generated by Captivate (using the SCORM 2004 publishing template) and clean it up as much as we can.
In this multi-part series, I will walk through the files Captivate outputs when publishing to SCORM 2004, pointing out the bad parts and suggesting alternatives when needed. At the end of the series, I will provide a fully-functional SCORM 2004 publishing template you can use with Captivate 5.5.
My “Planets” example (How to Add Basic SCORM Code to a Flash Movie) has proven to be one of the most popular items on pipwerks.com. Unfortunately, it was designed as a quick example and had a bunch of flaws and shortcomings. It’s also about 3 years old and starting to show its age. Since people frequently contact me with questions — many of which were due to the flaws in the example — I decided to update the project.
The pipwerks SCORM Wrapper has been updated with a small patch for handling odd behavior in the Plateau LMS. Special thanks to Joe Venditti for the patch (and sorry for taking almost 2 years to add it to the codebase!). Get the latest version here.
About a week ago I tweeted:
from what i’m reading between the lines, #SCORM is dead to the ADL. they’re moving on. interesting timing considering #TAACCCT
I had no idea how much hand-wringing and consternation my off-handed comment would cause. It apparently caused (directly or indirectly) some heated discussions about SCORM being dead.
The problem is, I never said “SCORM is dead.” I said “SCORM is dead to the ADL.” Big difference.
An abstraction layer is a way of hiding complexities and maintaining cleanliness in your application. When integrating tracking support (SCORM, AICC, etc,) into an an e-learning course, it’s a good idea to abstract as much of the tracking code as possible. Here are some examples.
I’ve been considering adding my pipwerks SCORM wrappers to GitHub for a very long time, but my n00bness and general lack of free time were major obstacles. However, the time has finally come to buckle down and get these puppies OUT!