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 activate 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 to 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.

What external elearning file formats are supported?

As a first step, creators should upload their external elearning file.

  • Supported formats include SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, xAPI, cmi5 and AICC (please contact us if you need support for an additional elearning format).

  • After uploading, the file will be uploaded to our servers for processing. Please wait while this process completes.

  • After processing, we strongly recommend adding a 'label' for your uploaded file. 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 one topic or article.

What are best practices for using SCORM files in Tribal Habits?

First, ensure that your choice of SCORM is warranted. Tribal Habits has a native elearning authoring tool which is as powerful as most stand-alone authoring tools. However, native Tribal Habits modules are:

  • Faster to create

  • Far easier and faster to update

  • Have better version control

  • Are faster to load and navigate for learners

  • Can provide social learning (shared answers and polls for example)

  • Track far more data

We generally only recommend utilising SCORM for complex elearning involving branching scenarios or simulations (see the end of this article for more information on these scenarios).

Second, there are some optional settings you can utilise in the SCORM element. These settings can help optimise the experience for certain types of external elearning modules. Please review the options below carefully before enabling.

  • (Optional) 'Set this entire knowledge to complete once this SCORM element is complete.' If selected, then when the explorer completes the SCORM file, the entire topic or article will immediately be set to complete (regardless of any other remaining interactions in the topic or article). This option is useful when the only interaction in your topic or article is a SCORM element - it can assist with completion rates for learners who do not otherwise return to your topic or article after completing the SCORM and click the 'Complete this topic' button.

  • (Optional) 'Set this SCORM element to complete as soon as it is launched'. If selected, then when the explorer launches the SCORM file, the SCORM file will immediately be set to complete. This option is useful when your SCORM file does not send the 'complete' status via the SCORM API back to Tribal Habits.

  • (Optional) 'Force SCORM to open in the same window'. By default, we open your SCORM modules in a new window and then return your learner back to Tribal Habits when they close that window. This is the method recommended by SCORM Cloud as it provides the 'cleanest' experience for the learner and allows the SCORM module to open full screen. If you select this option, we will instead open your SCORM module in the same window as the Tribal Habits topic. Your SCORM module will still take-over/replace content on the screen, but in the same window/tab of your browser. This can sometimes be a better result, but it will limit the SCORM to opening in the size of the current window/tab. In this case, it can be useful to ensure your SCORM file has a 'Return to LMS' feature. We will add a 'Return to LMS' button above your SCORM file, but including this button within the SCORM module can be useful.

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 'Click to launch module' button to begin.

  • This opens the SCORM file (in a new window by default, or in the same tab/window if that option is selected) and allows the explorer to complete whatever interactions and content are within that module.

  • When the explorer has finished or closes that window, they are returned to their Tribal Habits topic or article.

  • Explorers also see a 'Return to LMS' button above your SCORM module (in both new window and same tab/window displays).

After closing the SCORM module, the explorer will be return to your 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).

  • If the module has not set to complete for some reason, the explore can click the 'Click to refresh / check status' link to sync their completion status again.

If you have selected the option to 'Set this entire knowledge to complete once this SCORM element is complete.' then successfully completing the SCORM module will also complete the topic or article.

Note that the explorer will not be able to proceed to the next section in your topic or article until the SCORM module is in the 'Complete' mode. SCORM modules are not optional at this time.

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 temporary, 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 that 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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