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Can I upload or import external training modules (SCORM, xAPI) into Tribal Habits?

You can use external online training content in SCORM, xAPI, cmi5 or AICC format within your Tribal Habits topics using our SCORM element.
Written by David King
Updated 8 months ago

Creators can use the SCORM element to add existing or external training modules into Tribal Habits.

  • This article examines importing or uploading SCORM modules via our SCORM element. If you wish to export or share your Tribal Habits topics with an external platform via SCORM, please see this article on our SCORM links.

Contact Support to the SCORM element (SCORM import)

The SCORM element is an optional feature in Tribal Habits. Please contact your Tribal Habits Relationship Manager or Tribal Habits Support and ask for the SCORM element be enabled. There may be an additional cost for your subscription to enable this integration.

How do you upload a SCORM module into a Tribal Habits topic or article?

Once the SCORM element is enabled in your organisation, creators will see the element in the usual Content box when editing any topic or article.

When creators add a SCORM element, they can click on the element to edit it.

When editing the element, the options are quite simple

  • First, creators can select and upload a file. Support formats including SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, xAPI, cmi5 and AICC (please contact us if you need support for an additional elearning format). After selection the file will be uploaded into our servers for verification.
  • Second, creators must give their file a 'reporting label'. This label is purely for administration and reporting and is not visible to explorers. It is used in reporting to differentiate between multiple SCORM files which may be used within the one topic. 

How does the SCORM element work for explorers?

After the SCORM element is saved, creators can preview how it will look for explorers. The element presents to explorers as a 'playable' experience.

  • Explorers click on the 'Launch module' button to begin.
  • This opens the SCORM (or other) file in a new window and allows the explorer to complete whatever interactions and content is within that module.
  • When the explorer has finished, or closes that window, they are return to their Tribal Habits topic or article.
  • If the explorer successfully completed the SCORM module, the SCORM element in the Tribal Habits topic or article will be sent to 'Complete' and the explorer will be able to progress (or revisit the SCORM module).
  • The explorer will not be able to proceed to the next section, or conquer, the Tribal Habits topic or article until the SCORM module is in the 'Complete' mode.

What reporting is available for the SCORM element?

Generally, the SCORM element is treated just like any other element. Since the SCORM element is contained within a Tribal Habits topic or article, this means that everything you can utilise all the usual features of a topic or article:

  • Enrolment, reminder and completion email notifications
  • Due dates, certified dates and re-certification processes
  • All possible enrolment options, including spreadsheet uploads, manager enrolments and secure URL enrolment links

We do not track individual interactions within a SCORM module itself, since the SCORM (and similar) formats cannot pass such information out to external platforms without significant customisation for each module.

Admins can review a dedicated SCORM tab within any topic or article which has a SCORM module in order to confirm completion of individual SCORM modules (or override or reset SCORM registrations as needed).

Why do organisations use the SCORM element?

In reality, most organisations do not need the SCORM element enabled. If they are creating their content natively within Tribal Habits, they do not need any SCORM element.

The SCORM element is typically used for two situations.

  1. The organisation has existing online training content in SCORM format which it needs to host in Tribal Habits. This may be temporarily, before it is recreated as a native Tribal Habits experience, or permanently, for complex online learning interactions.
  2. The organisation needs to hose training created by a third-party, where it does not have permission to recreate that content itself. This is typically specialist  content purchased by the organisation. 

In both cases, the SCORM element allows the organisation to either host the SCORM module as a single experience (i.e. create an article which just has a single SCORM element in it) or to combine native Tribal Habits features with a SCORM element (such as online assessments, offline activities or additional training content).

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