suggest SCORM 2004 authoring tool

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Aug 3, 2006 at 9:35 AM
Hi,

can anyone suggest a SCORM 2004 authoring tool to create quiz/assignements/etc for use with the SLK?

Thanks
Aug 3, 2006 at 5:03 PM
You may want to check out ClearPath LCMS. http://www.cdmstech.com We currently use them at our company. You can import Word and Powerpoint documents through the web and create SCORM based courses, and a matter of seconds. There's a demo on the main page that talks about the process.
Aug 4, 2006 at 5:51 PM
Are you looking for free or pay-for solutions?

We use the following tools in various capacities. They both have their ups-and-downs:

- Articulate Quizmaker(http://www.articulate.com/)

- Outstart Trainer
(http://www.outstart.com/portal/index.jsp)

- Nick MSFT
Aug 12, 2006 at 8:52 PM
I used Microsoft LRN Toolkit 3 before, bud I don't know if it is avalable now or now? is there any body have some news about that?
Aug 14, 2006 at 3:33 PM
LRN Toolkit has been discontinued. It is being replaced by some add-ins that export Office documents to SCORM format that will be available with Learning Essentials. I'm not an expert on that product, but I believe you can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/education.
Aug 14, 2006 at 11:04 PM
You may want to check out HunterStone's THESIS www.HunterStone.com THESIS converts MS Office files to SCORM 1.2 or 2004 format. In fact, THESIS for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel will be a free download for MS Academic Licensees in Learning Essentials v1.5 www.Microsoft.com/LearningEssentials

HunterStone offers a 15 day fully functional trial version of THESIS via download at its site.
Aug 15, 2006 at 6:57 AM
Learning Essentials version 1.5 (available in the next couple of weeks) has built-in support for 'Save as SCORM" from Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This is a "lite" version of HunterStone's Thesis tool, and a pretty good successor to the functionlaity provided by the LRN toolkit
Aug 15, 2006 at 8:26 PM
If you are looking for a graphical solution you might want to give Nsite Studio (http://www.nssiteinnovations.com) a try. It implements SCORM 2004 sequencing using graphical flow diagrams. Supports drag-n-drop Powerpoint, HTML import, content capture, and assessment editing. Easy to use.

Nsite offers a free 30-day trial.
Aug 18, 2006 at 4:14 AM
I posted this in the LG WSS site and this may be a more appropriate audience for it. I've worked with all the ones mentioned above and my points still stand. I'm approaching this whole issue from the perspective of teachers.

I have serious concerns over the provision of an effective authoring tool. The world of SCORM authoring tools is the classic immature market - multiple players but no real standout solution.

I have been involved with the training of 'ordinary and creative' teachers in the Learning Resource Editor from Class Server for over 4 years. Yes, it has its limitations as an authoring tool but it was also very powerful in the hands of the 'ordinary' teacher. The learning curve was short, it was simple to use but could remove the typical limiting frustrations once advanced editing was enabled. For teachers who were familiar with Office applications, they were empowered to move into digital resource creation and the technology or the language of use did not present as a barrier to successful authoring.

I have evaluated a number of the SCORM authoring tools and, to be blunt, they just don't sit in the K-12 world as a solution for your average teacher. They're fine for highly motivated and technically aware enthusiasts or for professional/full-time authors, but the ouputs are usually substantially underwhelming for the time put in and for the pedagogical processes.

Teachers still have a huge input into the learning processes and need a tool that is both user friendly (as the LRE was) but powerful in terms of end user engagement. Research, essay writing, interactive, collaborative and a text editor that has provision for mathematical and scientific notation for student as well as the teacher are starting points.

My opinion. Microsoft assesses the strengths of its LRE and then completes it or a third party develops a more powerful interface and design templates - either way, we aren't there yet with a tool that teachers will use in their normal context. We desperately require one though or the reality of authentic engagement in learning will still be out of reach of our best practitioners.

If someone can introduce me to a tool that meets all these concerns I'd be delighted to test it.
Aug 21, 2006 at 12:28 PM
You can also try a free RELOAD Editor:

http://www.reload.ac.uk/editor.html

Here are some features:
ADL SCORM 1.2 Player
Full Implementation of CMI DataModel
Javascript Implementation of API Adaptor - no applets
Embedded Single User Java Web Server - just click "play"
Review current state of the CMI Datamodel as the player updates elements
Full Graphical "Scorm Manager" User Interface for browsing package structure
Implements Most Prerequisite rules (and & or | not ~ equals ="" and logical parenthesis).
Support for Multiple organizations, Choose which one to run and click "play"
Support for packages containing sub Manifests
Ability to "reset" packages to original state, for debugging purposes
Launches in Native Browser
Cross-platform written in Java - works for PC and Mac (OS X)
Best of all, it's free!
Oct 14, 2006 at 2:55 PM
In Holland we have a problem finding a good toolset for authoring content, now ClassServer ends.
I have tried the UK version, but unfortunately there is no Dutch version. It looks like a useful tool. The thesis-part integrates neatly with Office, so our teachers don't need to learn too many new tricks.
I also tried the CS4 hta from the CS4-SDK, but it will not work with our national metadatastandards (subset of IEEE-LOM) and curriculumstandards.
Any other suggestions?
Feb 1, 2007 at 7:03 AM
you may use Wondershare QuizCreator, it conformant for SCORM 1.2&2004 Edition in a high level, and it's really an easy-to-use tool to make interacitve flash quizzes.

you can get more info from: http://www.sameshow.com/quiz-creator.html
Oct 25, 2008 at 5:17 AM
Edited Oct 25, 2008 at 5:18 AM
I really like using ProForm from RapidIntakehttp://www.rapidintake.com/flashform_index.htm

Here are a couple others I have used and like:

Trident by Redbird Software: http://www.scormsoft.com/trident

Robert J Collins
Dec 3, 2008 at 7:12 AM
Edited Dec 3, 2008 at 7:13 AM
Hi there,

I really like using Quiz Software with Free Quiz Results Reporting System. I could create quizzes with images, sounds and videos easily and quickly, and also I could easy to collect my students' scores and grades.

Hope it helps!

Sabrina
E-Learning Blog 
Dec 3, 2008 at 4:59 PM
BTW Here is another great tool I have started using (and it is FREE):

Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) 
Dec 4, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Hi,

It looks like that LCDS does not support Scorm 2004?

from the official site:


"What does the LCDS offer?

With the LCDS, the Microsoft Learning community can:

Develop and deliver content quickly, while it is timely and relevant.

Distribute content via the Web or in a learning management system.

Deliver Web content that conforms to Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) 1.2, and which can be hosted in a learning management system.

Upload or attach existing content. (LCDS supports multiple file formats.)

Choose from a wide variety of forms for authoring rich e-learning content and Silverlight-based interactive components.

Develop course structure and easily rearrange it at any time."

Dec 4, 2008 at 9:08 AM
Edited Dec 4, 2008 at 9:10 AM
Hi,

I found an E-Learning Authoring Tool called Rapid E-Learning Suite with SCORM 1.2/2004 support. It includes PowerPoint to Flash converter, Simulation tool, Quiz tool and Video creation tool to create training courses rapidly and easily. The published courses can be uploaded to SLK in one click. I like it very well.

Hope it helps!

Sabrina
Classroom 2.0 Blog
Nov 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hello, frieds.

I use Content Shaper  Authoring tool to create single choice exercises. It has special step-by-step wizard to create SCORM packages.

Regards,

Garey