Does anyone know if Semblio packages are likely to be SCORM conformant?
I don't see this happening. Semblio content is implemented as a WPF user control. WPF content does not play through a browser the way HTML, Flash or Silverlight content does. The security implications of making a Semblio player
into a browser control are fairly complex and difficult.
An HTML wrapper or Silverlight version of the player control is pretty important. Access to learning content by way of webbrowser/webserver is a must, IMHO.
I think that the training content industry has already identified some significant limitations in SCORM because it is constrained to the web browser. My customers want immersive 3D content and even "virtual
worlds". You really just can't deliver this kind of stuff in a web browser without proprietary plugins that no one wants to install. The Semblio architecture seems to overcome this issue because it brings to bear the full power of WPF with
rich text formatting (via FlowDocument) and a full 3D content model.
As for SCORM conformance, I think SCORM will change to accommodate Semblio. The group called LETSI.org (of which I am a member) is working hard to develop a service orientated architecture for learner performance tracking. In the first week
of December at the ITSEC conference in Orlando the LETSI group demonstrated some really promising proof of concept applications built using this new service oriented system.
I believe the better path for Microsoft is to think of the Semblio player as a browser in it's own right. The player should control downloading packages from remote Internet servers, caching the content in a local sandbox, and rendering it with the
full capabilities of WPF.