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Old 04-06-2008, 07:36 AM   # 1
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Ive got a simple question but I cant find the answer. Articulate is SCORM 1.2 and 2004 certified. What's the difference between courses published in 1.2 and 2004? I know the differences in the specifications. The biggest one is Sequencing&Navigation. However, using for example Powerpoint actions we can add branching the our course and publish it in SCORM 2004. So where lies the difference? I will be gratefull for enlightenment

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:09 AM   # 2
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Hi bartek,

The sequencing and navigation capabilities of SCORM 2004 are designed to work between shareable content objects (SCOs). Whether you publish to SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004, Presenter always publishes a course with exactly one SCO, and so doesn't make use of the SCORM sequencing and navigation capabilities. As you observe, there are ways to implement branching in Presenter, but they're independent of the SCORM capabilities.

I believe the reason for providing both export options is simply that some LMSs might only support one or other of the two formats. If your LMS supports both, it should normally make little difference which option you choose.

Bear in mind that SCORM 2004 is a considerably more complicated specification than SCORM 1.2, and so less widely supported. On the other hand, Presenter courses don't really require any of that additional complexity. Therefore, I'd recommend publishing as SCORM 1.2 if you have the choice.
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SCORM 2004 can give more complete reporting. Whereas SCORM 1.2 reporting may only tell you if the quiz has been passed or failed with a percentage score perhaps, SCORM 2004 may give you the actual questions and the answers given as well as other information about the quiz.
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SCORM 2004 can give more complete reporting. Whereas SCORM 1.2 reporting may only tell you if the quiz has been passed or failed with a percentage score perhaps, SCORM 2004 may give you the actual questions and the answers given as well as other information about the quiz.
I may be wrong here, but that may be assuming the LMS being used with the content is recording all such information . . . . From what little I've discussed this with local users of other LMS's (we use Saba), it seems this varies . . . rmlowe--is that true?
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I may be wrong here, but that may be assuming the LMS being used with the content is recording all such information . . . . From what little I've discussed this with local users of other LMS's (we use Saba), it seems this varies . . .
Recording of individual question responses would be done using the cmi.interactions elements. I was under the impression that Quizmaker would record these for any of the SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and AICC publishing options, but perhaps I'm mistaken—maybe this is only done for quizzes published directly, not quizzes embedded in a Presenter course?

Although the cmi.interactions elements are available in both SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004, in SCORM 1.2 they were considered "optional," and were writeable but not readable by the SCO. Because of this, the SCORM 1.2 conformance test suite couldn't test them in any meaningful way. So it's possible for an LMS to be "SCORM 1.2-conformant" without really doing anything useful with this data—without even storing it in fact.

On the other hand, all data model elements are mandatory in SCORM 2004, and the SCORM 2004 conformance test suite tests the cmi.interactions elements much more rigorously. Of course this still doesn't guarantee that the LMS provides any useful reports on the data, but at least with a SCORM 2004-conformant LMS the data is pretty much guaranteed to be captured in the database somewhere.
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Very interesting. THANKS, Robert!
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Thats a very interesting discussion. Thank you 4 all replies. So, to sum up, if your boss loves rich reports than its better to publish courses to SCORM 2004...and have a compatible platform

Are there any other differences?
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Isn't it also true that 2004 allows a larger amount of data to be recorded?
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Isn't it also true that 2004 allows a larger amount of data to be recorded?
Hi srholbert12,

Yes, SCORM 2004 3rd Edition allows for 64,000 characters of suspend data, whereas SCORM 1.2 allows for 4,096 characters.
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