Tools for creating SCORM content
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- 1 Camtasia
- 2 Captivate
- 3 ContentGenerator.net SCORM functionality
- 4 Courselab
- 5 eXe OPEN SOURCE SCORM Development Package
- 6 ICT 4 Life
- 7 Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office
- 8 Microsoft Learning Development System
- 9 Reload
- 10 ToolBook
- 11 Wimba Create (formerly Course Genie)
- 12 Wondershare PPT2Flash Professional
This is a commercial screen-recording product for producing demonstrations and tutorials. It has SCORM compliant output as an option, and permits quizzing and branching. The SCORM output option creates a single .zip file that is appropriate for uploading into a SCORM activity for Moodle. Retail price for Camtasia is US$299, but non-profit educational discounts of about 50% are offered. 30 day trials are also available.
More information can be found at http://www.techsmith.com/products.asp
Add here: options to use, types of content to avoid, tricks to take advantage of, bugs, gotchas...
ContentGenerator.net SCORM functionality
Software was successfully used at the CambsMoodle.org conference on July 10th 2008 - every teacher at the workshop was able to get their SCORM game uploaded and working. The software doesn't create extensive courses, but instead trackable interactive Flash games such as Fling the Teacher and Teacher Invaders.
- Free software (+ some pay for) at http://www.contentgenerator.net/ - need to register on forum, but downloads free from there.
- Select SCORM option within software
- Generates single .zip file
- Select 'Add SCORM / AICC' from add resource option in your course
- Edit SCORM settings - copy settings from http://www.contentgenerator.net/images/scorm/16_settings_mostimportant.png
- Some overly detailed instructions available here: http://www.contentgenerator.net/scorm/
CourseLab version 2.4 has a few bugs. First is with audio. Sometimes (for some reason not known to CourseLab) the audio will restart, creating an echo effect. You will need to un-check the "autostart" mark of the Video object (vidoe object is used to insert audio too)and then define an action on some event that fits the case (for example on the slide's afterdisplay event) choose METHOD (yourvideoobject, PLAY. this will play the audio after the slide is displayed.
Another issue is with FireFox browsers displaying graphics with CourseLab. It is stated in user's manual that some objects utilize Explorer-specific features and author should avoid using them, if he wants to use the course in multi-browser environment. These are: Gradient Box and all AutoShapes. AutoShapes are VML-objects and VML (Vector Markup Language) is not supported by FireFox. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics - another vector format) could be the good alternative, but there are still problems with displaying inline SVG-objects in both Gecko-family and IE. (from CourseLab Support)
If these FireFox/Image display problems are not an issue then be sure to install the latest browser plug-ins.
There are some problems with Moodle configuration see http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=96338#p425335
eXe OPEN SOURCE SCORM Development Package
The eXe project is developing a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.
ICT 4 Life
- Do an "Installing to workstation from a network" install. Third of the way down page 3.
- Download the file from http://centraal.uk.knowledgebox.com/kbase/idx/88/197/article/
- Follow the instructions - unzip into the folder "ActiveTeach 1"
- Run the Bat file "1_Prepare_VLE.bat" you have just unziped.
- Zip the CONTENTS of the "ActiveTeach 1" folder - NOT the whole folder - just what is inside.
- Then Upload your package into Moodle.
Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office
Free Download - url needed.
Microsoft Learning Development System
Free tool from Microsoft that allows you to create Scorm resources using drag and drop. This is an internal microsoft tool. Has a few Querks and can crash.
NOTE READ the Help info. To upload to Moodle you will need to zip up your working directory then upload using the 'Add SCORM / AICC' from add resource option in your course
Reusable eLearning Object Authoring and Delivery - NB it is rather technical and may only be suitable for those with an understanding of HTML and the underlying SCORM specification.
[Moodle 1.9 / ToolBook Instructor 9.01] Tracking and bookmarking work well. The content should be exported using the SCORM 1.2 option; AICC and SCORM 2004 do not seem to work properly. Scoring works and is viewable within the tracking details, but does not transfer correctly into the Gradebook.
Wimba Create (formerly Course Genie)
A commercial tool allowing you to convert Word documents into CMS ready content. It's particularly suited for non-technical teachers who have large documents to display on Moodle and allows embedding of video, sound etc. When downloaded to your computer it generates a toolbar in Word giving options to enable easy conversion of the file to clean html pages which include navigation and interactive features. It claims to work on Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista Word 2000, XP, 2003 or 2007 and the official site is: http://www.wimba.com/products/wimbacreate/ This link gives information about integration with Moodle: http://www.wimba.com/products/integration_moodle.php Although this is a paid-for option, you can download a free trial from the above site.
Convert PowerPoint to Flash and upload the courses to Moodle. Answer the question on http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=98811
- Download the software for free at http://www.sameshow.com/powerpoint-to-flash-pro.html
- There is a plug-in menu in PowerPoint, click "Publish" button and select "LMS"
- Select "SCORM 1.2" or "SCORM 2004"
- Click "Convert" button
- Select "Open output folder" after conversion is completed
- Choose the output .zip file and upload to Moodle
Some overly detailed instructions available here: http://www.sameshow.com/powerpoint-to-flash/howto3.html