An essential part of the trend towards standing the classroom on its head – in other words doing in class what used to be done for homework, and doing for homework what used to be done in class – is the need to create coherent, engaging and useful content that students can access anywhere, anytime. A SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model and it is a standard used for creating eLearning content.
I use it, for example to convert content created in a PowerPoint Presentation into a Flash file which can be posted on my Moodle platform. These SCORMs can then be viewed and reviewed by students whenever they need to do so in order to master the content. The presentation is made up of a series of slides which can include animated sequences, and a voice-over. If you embed video filmed using your web-camera, you can have a talking head as well.
The main value of the SCORM is that it is controlled by the student. It is available online and therefore can be accessed at convenience, and it can be stopped, re-played and forwarded as often as is required. It can also be downloaded or emailed to students directly. The SCORM takes teacher talk, what used to dominate the classroom, and places it under student control, in the homework environment. By using pictures, video footage and keywords, the teacher can create SCORMs which are motivating, engaging, and effective.
The software that I use currently is iSpringPresenter and authorPOINT Lite, which are free to download and use. iSpring Presenter works as a plug-in in your PowerPoint, which makes it very easy to publish a flash SCORM straight from the PowerPoint.