Simple SCORM Packager Makes It Quick and Easy

Simple SCORM Packager makes creating multi-SCO courses easyOne of the biggest challenges in realizing the vision of reusable content is how to combine it. What if you have courses developed by various people or organizations using different tools? That’s part of what SCORM was intended to do – give you a common set of standards and communication to make that easier. Yet still, the challenge of pulling all that together into a single course and utilizing multiple SCOs still persisted. Now, tools like Simple SCORM Packager help streamline that process.

Let’s take a look at how we might create a multi-SCO course, putting together content from three different authoring tools. In previous posts, we have shown you how to create SCORM compliant content using Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, and Adobe Presenter. Let’s take those courses, each a single SCO course, and assemble them into a multi-SCO course using Simple SCORM Packager.

Creating a Multi-SCO Package in Simple SCORM Packager

First, we need to prepare our courses. In each authoring program, create your SCORM course. While you want to publish it, you do not need a zip file. Technically, you won’t need the manifest either but the publishing process will create it anyway.

In your file system, create a main folder to hold all the courses. Each course should be published in a separate folder underneath that main folder. The main folder will be the root of your multi-SCO course. Once the courses are published extract the zip files for each course into the containing folder

Example:

/myMultiSCOCourse/
/myMultiSCOCourse/course1
/myMultiSCOCourse/course1/[extracted folders and files that make up the course]

/myMultiSCOCourse/course2
/myMultiSCOCourse/course2/[extracted folders and files that make up the course]

/myMultiSCOCourse/course3
/myMultiSCOCourse/course3/[extracted folders and files that make up the course]

Create the Package Project

Naturally, you first want to open SSP up. You are then presented with a welcome screen and you must click Next to get past it. At that point, you can either create a new project or open an existing one. If creating a new project, you want to give it a name. The name is only for your reference.

  1. Simple SCORM Packager Project Name Dialog BoxOpen Simple SCORM Packager.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Select Create a New SSP Project.
  4. In the New Project dialog box, enter the Project Name and Click OK.
  5. Click Next.

Set the SCORM Package

Simple SCORM Packager SCORM version selector

You have the option of producing a package for SCORM 1.2 or various editions of SCORM 2004 through Simple SCORM Packager. Since we are creating a multi-SCO course, it’s a good idea to use SCORM 2004 4th Edition. (SCORM 1.2 also allows for multi-SCO courses as long as your LMS supports it)

  1. Select the SCORM version you wish to use.
  2. Click Next.

Set the Package Information

Once you have defined your SCORM version, you need to add data specific to the course. This information goes into the manifest and will be utilized by the LMS to add the course to the catalog.

There are also advance options available that allow you to customize the manifest identifier and SCORM and package type. In most cases, however, they can be left to default values.

  1. Simple SCORM Packager Course InformationEnter Course Title.
  2. Enter Course Description.
  3. Add Course Keywords.
  4. Optionally, you may click the Show Advanced Options button and add additional details about the course.
  5. Click Next.

Set Destination and SCOs

This is actually a more critical setting than you might think. Simple SCORM Packager will build relative addressing to reference all the courses into the manifest.

Simple SCORM Packager Define Package

Therefore, choosing the destination folder for the multi-SCO course is important. This will be the main folder you created earlier. In the example, we used “/myMultiSCOCourse/”. Each course should be in a separate folder underneath that. The main folder should contain nothing else except the course folders.

  1. On the Define Your Course Package screen, click the Browse button next to Course Root Directory to select the root folder for the course.
  2. Select the Multi-SCO Package option.
  3. Click the Browse button next to the SCO Index Page(s) text box to select the index file for the first course. Do this for each course you wish to add.
  4. If you accidentally added the courses in the wrong order, you can use the arrow buttons on the right to change the order. Simply select the course you wish to move. Then use the up and down arrows to move it.
  5. Click Next.

Set SCO Attributes

Simple SCORM Packager SCO Attributes screen

For each SCO you just defined, you also need to add the title and if necessary the passing score required to complete the SCO. This also helps build the manifest.

  1. In the text box on the Add SCO Attributes screen, select the first course in the list.
  2. In the text box on the right, add the SCO Title and then click Save.
  3. If necessary, click the Show Advanced Options button to add additional data about the SCO such as Passing Score. Be sure to click Save.
  4. Repeat the three steps for each of the courses.
  5. Click Next.

Verify Package Settings

Simple SCORM Packager Verify screen

Finally, you would to double-check the settings and adjust as necessary. Then confirm and create the package.

  1. On the Verify and Modify the Manifest screen, use the buttons to make any necessary changes to the SCOs. There is an option Launch Your SCORM Manifest File but you are better off testing it later.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Click the Save package as zip file checkbox. Name the package file. Remember it must have a .zip extension.
  4. Simple SCORM Packager Summary screenOn the Confirmation and Packaging screen, check to ensure all data are correct.
  5. Click Finish.
  6. You may get a warning that the packaging may take a few minutes. Click OK to clear the dialog box.
  7. When the Finish dialog box appears if you wish to create another package click the appropriate checkboxes.
  8. Click OK. SSP will automatically close if you did not choose to create another package.

Test and Upload the Course Package

If you have a test LMS, make sure you test your project out there before going live. Otherwise, you may want to look at another testing option like SCORM Cloud. It allows you to set up a free account where you can upload courses for testing to determine that the tracking works.

Once the package is confirmed, you are ready to upload your custom multi-SCO package to your LMS.

Having other challenges developing and uploading courses? Want more guidance? Contact JCA Solutions (support@jcasolutions.com) today. Let’s get you on the road to done!

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2 Comments
  1. Hello,

    We plan to use JCA Solution’s multi packager. However, we have a query. Would the courses run in a sequence after packing it as per the steps you’ve suggested?

    Best Regards,
    Juily

    1. Hi Juily,
      Unfortunately SSP doesn’t provide any sequencing options, but that’s something we are looking into for the next release.

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