In this article, we will describe how to create a SCORM course in a few simple steps. You will learn how to:
- create a course from a PowerPoint presentation;
- add videos, dialogue simulations, and assessments to your course;
- convert the course to SCORM with minimum fuss;
- upload the course to your LMS.
Step 1. Prepare a presentation
You can easily make a SCORM package from an ordinary presentation.
- If you don’t have a presentation yet, just open your PowerPoint, create a new presentation, and fill it with your training content.
- If you have a presentation, that’s already half the battle! But don’t forget to treat it like a training course. For example, enhance it with navigation to help learners go through the lesson. All transitions, animations and triggers will work flawlessly after conversion to SCORM.
Step 2. Make the presentation interactive
After you’ve created a presentation, you can add some interactions, videos, or quizzes to make your content more immersive. Here’s how to do this:
- Install a fully functional iSpring Suite trial.
- Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
- Enhance the presentation with some interactive exercises, for example, quizzes. Add an empty slide, then click Quiz to create a new quiz in your presentation.
With iSpring Suite, you can also power-pack your course with:
- Dialogue simulations
- Screen recordings or YouTube videos
- Web objects
- …and more.
- How to Make a Training Video Right in PowerPoint →
- How to Create Effective Learner Assessments →
- How to Add Narration to a PowerPoint Course →
Step 3. Convert a course to SCORM
Now you’re finished with your course and done adding interactive elements. To convert a course to a SCORM package:
- Click Publish on the iSpring Suite ribbon.
- In the open window, select the LMS tab on the left. On the General tab, choose the Combined output and click the ZIP output checkbox, because all LMSs will only accept .zip packages as SCORM items.
- Go to the Learning Course tab on the top right to select a course type and fine tune course settings.
Select a course type (SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004). The course type depends on the LMS you use. You can also customize Progress and Completion settings such as status reported to the LMS, course duration, custom passing score, and more.
- Click Publish to convert your course into a SCORM package.
If you get lost with the publishing settings, this video tutorial will help you publish your course for an LMS:
Step 4. Upload a course to your LMS
Your SCORM course is ready! It’s now saved as a ZIP file, and all that’s left is to upload it to your LMS and assign to learners.
Courses published with iSpring Suite are perfectly compatible with any LMS that supports SCORM. Here you can find step-by-step instructions on how to upload iSpring SCORM content to a specific LMS, such as Blackboard, Litmos, or SuccessFactors.
For example, this video shows you how to upload a course to Moodle LMS:
After the course has been uploaded, you can view it on your computer in a web browser. If you use Combined or Mobile (HTML5) format, your courses will also seamlessly play on mobile devices. However, the final result also depends on the LMS configuration.