SCORM is the acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model and indicates a set of technical standards that ensure that a learning object is catalog able, traceable and reusable in different environments or LMS platforms for training (such as eLeap LMS ).
In other words, the SCORM standard is a widely used reference model for eLearning content, because it allows you to create educational content that runs on any SCORM compatible LMS platform.
The SCORM standard allows, among other things, to track and obtain detailed reports with respect to the times of use or sessions relating to a specific educational content (learning object), the number of attempts, the assessments and scores obtained in the tests and the percentages progress within the course.
Platforms compatible with the SCORM ™ format, such as DynDevice LMS, also allow you to establish various “navigation” rules between the various sections of the course, for example by inhibiting access to certain sections if the previous ones have not been completed before or have not been certain objectives have been achieved, or by requiring certain sections to be repeated if a certain score has not been achieved in a quiz.
What is a SCORM package?
A SCORM content is a compressed package (generally with the extension .zip or .pif) which contains, in addition to all the training contents of a course, also an imsmanifest.xml file that describes its structure, contents and requirements, that is, all the information necessary to transfer the training content to other LMS platforms.
What are the advantages of the SCORM standard for eLearning?
The SCORM standard offers important benefits for the delivery and management of online training . In particular, it allows you to:
- create content that is compatible with all SCORM platforms, reducing costs and ensuring greater reliability (in the past, training content was highly dependent on the system for which it was designed and could not be used elsewhere);
- monitor the progress of users , allowing them to interrupt the use of a lesson or an exercise and resume them later starting from the same point at which they were interrupted;
- insert “navigation” rules between the various sections of the course, for example by setting a navigation sequence or identifying dependencies between the various contents, so that access to a section is bound to the completion of other parts (the previous section, a learning test, etc.)
Furthermore, the SCORM standard allows you to accurately monitor all the activities carried out by the user , obtaining additional information such as:
· The time spent by the user on a specific didactic object;
· The score obtained in a quiz, with indications on the number of attempts, the answers provided, etc;
· The completion of a section or test;
· The number of accesses and attempts.
Who designed SCORM?
The SCORM standard was released in 2000 by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) under a mandate from the US Department of Defense, with the aim of developing a learning technology that would allow training content to be distributed across multiple platforms.
Originally used for training in the military, it was then also implemented in the other eLearning sectors.
How to create a SCORM package?
Thanks to specific software, it is possible to create SCORM packages that can be used on any LMS compatible with this standard.
The eLeap LMS eLearning platform, for example, is equipped with a SCORM editor that allows you to easily create courses with high didactic rigor. In particular, the eLeap LMS editor allows you to:
· Mount slides synchronized with the videos through easy drag & drop operations;
· Upload documents of any type and format (pdf, doc, ppt, xls, mov, mp3 etc.);
· Import Power Pont presentations and convert them to slides ;
· Manage the navigation sequences between the sections of the course;
· Generate even complex assessment tests (single or multiple closed-ended questions, open-ended questions, with interaction on images or videos, etc.).
ECM credits and digital training of doctors
New technologies have now entered the daily life of adults, children and teenagers. From distance learning, to online refresher courses, to social networks, work, learning and leisure activities increasingly pass through social channels and the Internet. The health system also goes in this direction , both understood from the point of view of the patient,
with the introduction of digital technologies to support the carrying out of visits, bookings and consultation of exams, both understood from the point of view of the doctor, with the use of e-learning to deepen their training and for the achievement of ECM credits. Thus, the importance of continuous education and accessibility to the health system is combined with new technologies.
What is digital health?
By ” digital health ” we mean the application of new technologies in the medical and health fields, with the aim of supporting the existing system, to make the provision of services to patients more effective, to facilitate communication, to simplify systems booking and to reduce territorial differences. Furthermore, digital technology applied to healthcare also allows to limit waste and inefficiencies of the system and to make the usability of visits and treatments more agile for the patient.
The Agency for Digital Italy (AGID), established to contribute to the spread of the use of new technologies in various fields, highlighted the following digital innovations from the point of view of the health system:
Electronic Health Record (FSE), a tool through which the citizen can consult reports and exams by accessing the portal from their computer.
Single Booking Center (CUP), a centralized computer system useful for booking services, which facilitates access to assistance and reduces waiting times, simplifying the relationship between citizens and the Public Administration.
Telemedicine , a way of providing health services, which allows the patient a greater usability of treatments, remote consultations and monitoring of parameters, thanks to the use of innovative technologies. In this way, the patient and the doctor can communicate effectively even when they are in two different locations, with the secure transmission of data and medical information.
Digital recipes , which represent the dematerialization process of paper services, to be replaced with digital equivalents.
Digital healthcare is not just about the doctor-patient relationship. In fact, new technologies can also be effectively applied in learning and in-depth analysis by healthcare personnel , who can use digital technology to train and get information. One of the characteristics of this profession is the need for continuous training, which does not stop with the degree or specialization.
However, it is often difficult for doctors, nurses and health professionals to carve out the time necessary to follow training and refresher courses. In these cases, new technologies can help, offering an alternative through FAD, distance learning, including e-learning, a modality of education that in recent years is gaining ground more and more clearly and that it is also proving useful for the recognition of CME credits for healthcare professionals.
Continuing Medical Education (ECM)
According to the definition provided by the National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS), continuing education in medicine (ECM) is the process by which a health professional keeps himself up to date, in order to be able to respond adequately to the needs and to the needs of patients and the health service.
This is a mandatory national programfor all healthcare professionals, who are required to put into practice the new knowledge and skills acquired, to offer their patients adequate and quality care. The aim of the program is, therefore, to ensure that workers in the sector are always up to date, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view.
Continuous training allows you to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities, which make doctors, nurses and health professionals always in step with the news of the sector.