My husband recently turned 44. I like to make him feel better about getting older by sharing things with him that are older than he is. You know one thing that’s older than 44? The cassette tape — it was actually born in 1962.
Even all of these years later, after CDs and iTunes have surpassed cassettes, there are just times when I want to hear those old mixtapes and Grateful Dead bootleg cassettes. Fortunately, my car has a tape player so I can still listen to them.
What does this have to do with SCORM? Well, remember when the Walkman was released? It changed how music was listened to. All of the sudden, you could take your music with you everywhere.
We did something pretty exciting and a bit curious recently. We created the “Walkman” of SCORM.
SCORM uses active browser sessions as if they were oxygen, so when you take away a network connection, SCORM breaks. Well, we added an extension to SCORM Engine that allows for SCORM content to be played and tracked from a mobile device — even when that device is offline.
A bonus is that it lets learners seamlessly continue progress in a course across platforms. Start learning on a computer, finish on an iPod Touch, for example.
We realize that folks have a lot of SCORM content on the shelf, and that’s not going away anytime soon. Also, the demand for mobile delivery grows every day. So, while we expect Tin Can to be the preferred method for mobile and offline training going forward, we have another option for you today that works with your existing SCORM libraries — the SCORM Engine mobile/offline extension.
Even all of these years later, I still have tapes to play, and my Walkman to play them in (it has to be a collector’s item by now.) And now, we’ve found a way bring this same kind of mobility to SCORM.
Want to take your SCORM content for a test drive on our demo mobile app? Just ask — we’ll be glad to take it for a spin.