In 2020, SCORM celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first release, SCORM 1.0. Over these 20 years, many software products had been released related to creating SCORM content.

In this article, we tame the “fantastic beast” by categorizing various SCORM software solutions and giving a quick explanation for each.

  1. SCORM Authoring Tools
  2. SCORM Converters
  3. SCORM Wrappers/Packagers
  4. SCORM Players / Testers

SCORM Authoring Tools (Desktop)

A SCORM authoring tool is a piece of software that lets you create SCORM-conformant eLearning from scratch. There might just be one specific type of content that an authoring tool is specialized in, or it might be capable of creating a wide range of different activities like quizzes, dialogue simulations, and video training.

1. iSpring Suite

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows 
  • Price: $970/year per author
iSpring Suite SCORM authoring tool

iSpring Suite is an authoring toolkit that includes a PowerPoint add-in and a number of standalone instruments, each specialized in creating a certain type of learning content. For example, QuizMaker is used to create quizzes, Cam Pro lets you record and edit screencasts, Flip can convert PDF/DOC files to learning modules, and so on. There are 7 different tools in total, including Content Library – a collection of predesigned templates you can use in your courses to save time coming up with designs on your own.

You can start using iSpring Suite with no previous experience in eLearning authoring. Grab a PowerPoint presentation, add some interactive content using the dedicated tools included in Suite, and publish a mobile-ready SCORM module that can be uploaded straight to your LMS.

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2. Articulate 360

  • Type: Desktop + cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $1,299/year per author
Articulate 360 SCORM authoring tool

Articulate 360 is another all-round authoring tool combining quizmaker, screen recorder, and many other things. Like iSpring Suite, it is built around creating interactive slides and combining them into an eLearning module. Being a standalone application, it offers more in terms of programming different learning scenarios but has a steeper learning curve to it.

Like iSpring Suite, it features a content library with slide templates and character pictures. Plus, it includes an online authoring solution called “Rise” that can be used to create simple eLearning modules in your browser.

3. Adobe Captivate

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: $400/year per author
Adobe Captivate SCORM authoring tool

Adobe Captivate is an authoring tool that comes as a standalone slide-based content maker with a quiz builder, an interactive video creator, and a content library. Basically, it offers functionality comparable to that of Articulate and iSpring, but with some more advanced features. For example, it has a separate instrument for making software simulations and a tool that allows you to build VR learning by adding interactions on top of 360° images or videos. But, with great power comes a great learning curve, so using this one requires training like no other.

4. TechSmith Camtasia

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: $250 for a lifetime license
Camtasia SCORM authoring tool

Camtasia is an authoring tool specialized in screen recording and video editing. It lets one record a screencast and/or webcam, then add visual instructions to various parts of the recorded video. It can also freeze the video at a certain moment so that you can add a quiz question on top of it.

5. iSpring Free

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free
iSpring Free SCORM authoring tool

iSpring Free is a costless version of iSpring’s PowerPoint add-in that also features a much simpler version of QuizMaker with just three question types (Yes-no / Multiple Choice / Type In). The tool is easy to start with if you have no experience in eLearning authoring.

SCORM Authoring Tools (Web)

6. Lectora Online

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $500/year per author
Lectora Online SCORM authoring tool

Lectora Online is an online authoring tool that has instruments for building interactive slides with quizzes. It has a library of stock images for rapid course creation and integrates with Branchtrack, a dialog simulation maker. Published content is WCAG-compliant.

7. Knowbly

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $495/year per author
Knowbly SCORM authoring tool

Knowbly is the new kid on the block that was launched just a year ago. It has a standard set of tools that can help you build learning courses with text, media, interactions, and quizzes. The product has built-in analytics that should help you understand how your learners go through the modules.

8. Gomo Learning

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $495/year per author
Gomo Learning SCORM authoring tool

Gomo is another cloud-based authoring platform with content management capabilities. It’s being advertised as a good solution if you aim at mobile learning before anything else. Editing and redesigning built-in templates can be tricky, but it’s a good fit for bite-size learning.

9. Adapt Learning

  • Type: Self-hosted web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: Free (open source)
Adapt Learning SCORM authoring tool

Adapt is an open-source project that has been around for almost 5 years now. It can build slides, quizzes, embed media, export SCORM – all the standard stuff. The main difference is that you need to install it on your own server, which might be a hassle for those that have never done something like that before.

SCORM Converters

A SCORM converter is a tool that can transform an already existing document (PDF, PPT, DOC) and output a SCORM module for further uploading to an LMS.

10. iSpring Converter Pro

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $270/year per author
convert ppt to html5

iSpring Converter Pro is a less advanced version of iSpring Suite that can transform PowerPoint decks to HTML5 and SCORM. It can’t create quizzes or dialog simulations, but does allow converting PowerPoint presentations to SCORM modules with voice narration.

11. iSpring Flip

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $227/year per author
iSpring Flip

iSpring Flip is a simple standalone tool that can turn a PDF/DOC/PPT file into a SCORM module in a couple of clicks. Output is mobile-ready and can be uploaded to any LMS as an interactive e-book that tracks learners’ progress through it.

SCORM Wrappers / Packagers

These are tools that neither have any authoring capabilities nor can do any conversion. Coders use SCORM wrappers to make existing HTML content compatible with SCORM. They do this by attaching SCORM API commands to certain events happening with the content when it’s being viewed in a browser.

12. Pipwerks SCORM wrapper

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Free
Pipwerks SCORM packager

Pipwerks wrapper is a Javascript application that may be handy if you want to make a piece of HTML content SCORM-compatible. It will only be useful if you have coding experience.

SCORM Players / Testers

Sometimes you need to test a SCORM file for errors and check if it’s sending proper statuses before uploading to your production LMS. With SCORM players, you can do just that.

13. SCORM Cloud

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Starting at $75/mo
SCORM Cloud

SCORM Cloud is developed by Rustici Software, the global leader in eLearning standards. It’s the go-to product for testing SCORM modules. Detailed debug logs will help you troubleshoot any reporting issues that your content might have.

It can also be used as an alternative to an LMS – the tool can host learning modules and then dispatch them, to make distribution easier.

14. SCORM Preview Ninja

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Free
SCORM Preview Ninja

Preview Ninja is a much simpler alternative to SCORM Cloud that can be fed a SCORM module and then display it in your browser with a basic log of communication between the module and a fake LMS interface it provides. Only modules smaller than 50MB can be uploaded.

15. Reload SCORM 1.2 Player

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free 
Reload SCORM 1.2 Player

Reload SCORM Player turns 15 years old in 2020. It may be old, but it can still let you load SCORM modules and play them in a web browser of your choice. The tool shows basic status changes like Completed/Passed.

16. Wrap Test by Claude Ostyn

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Free
Wrap Test by Claude Ostyn

Wrap Test is yet another blast from the past. It’s an HTML application written by Claude Ostyn that lets you test SCORM content locally as if it was loaded to an LMS. The product provides a simplified SCORM API for modules to communicate with and thus makes SCORM debugging an easier task. Requires a coding background to be used.

To Sum Up

We looked at four different types of SCORM software and covered the most significant entries in each category. If you have any suggestions for any of the categories, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

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