Different Versions of SCORM – A Brief Overview

Different Versions of SCORM – A Brief Overview

Different Versions of SCORM – A Brief Overview

SCORM or Sharable Content Object Reference Model is a web-based eLearning compilation. Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) described and published the SCORM standards.

As discussed in my previous blogs, online courses should be made compatible to SCORM standards if you wish to track your eLearning activities, and there are some key steps to do that .

I have also discussed how tracking works in SCORM. But do you know the versions of SCORM and their specifications? Now, let’s see the versions of SCORM briefly.

These are the SCORM features that enable web-based learning content for industry, government, and academia.

  • Interoperability
  • Accessibility
  • Reusability


This version was released in January 2000. At that time, SCORM 1.0 was a draft outline version of the SCORM framework. In this blog, I did not cover the implementations or specifications fully. But, I will provide a brief introduction. SCORM 1.0 is the formation of SCORM and it would contain the core elements. In particular, these are the detailed elements.

  • Content packaging – How to package learning content
  • Run-time – How content should communicate with an LMS at run-time
  • Metadata – How content should be described using metadata

Currently SCORM 1.0 is not the recommend version because it is not relevant today. Furthermore, there are no significant implementations for this version. It contains charts and historical displays only.

 SCORM 1.1 

SCORM 1.1 was released in January 2001. As per the SCORM standards, SCORM 1.1 is the first real time production version. When SCORM 1.1 version was released, the previous version SCORM 1.0 was fleshed out.

This version is used for a course structure format based on the XML file on the AICC specifications to define content structure. It supports content manifest and metadata description.


SCORM 1.2 was released in October 2001 and was a big hit during that time. Because of its increased content interoperability, there were huge cost savings. This is the first version with the form of a real conformance test suite. It supports full content manifest and metadata description. In this version, the developer can give detailed content objects and assets described in the manifest file.

SCORM 1.2 was a preferable and suggested version. It is still the industry workhorse and is very extensively adopted. Currently, every eLearning vendor should make their courses compatible with SCORM 1.2 version.

So, these are some of the SCORM versions preferred by the eLearning vendors. I will be talking about the latest SCORM version in my next blog. Do share your comments on this post.

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