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I was sequestered in a conference room during Plugfest 9 with Philip Dodds, chief architect of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM™) and a few people on the ADL technical team. At the time, King was one of the leading people at Macromedia (soon to be Adobe) working on making integration with SCORM happen in products like Flash and Captivate. It was February 2005. With us was Tom King, who helped create Authorware. Click here to read full version

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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Macromedia Authorware and similar products. Macromedia Director. The Macromedia set typically would toss in Director, which created an equally impressive array of course capabilities, but a deep learning curve. Eventually, Macromedia Dreamweaver came into the picture. CourseLab – ADL SCORM certified, no less. As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. Is it PowerPoint converted to Flash? Toolbook.

Got SCORM?

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Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) has the complete specification (all 400+ pages of it) readily available on their site, but I was looking for a quick, “get your hands dirty” explanation that skipped all the mumbo-jumbo and would let me dive in and start trying things out. The SCORM specification, developed by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL – [link] is a set of rules that learning management systems (LMS) and learning content follow in order to be compatible with each other. The ADL has made an “API wrapper” publicly available for use when developing SCOs.

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The Building Blocks of a Successful e-Training Program

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Today, because of increased bandwidth and web programming tools such as Macromedia Flash, it is possible to implement many training simulations on the web. For example, different groups such as the Aircraft Industry CBT Committee (AICC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE), IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) have developed specifications for the packaging and delivery of training content so that it is more independent and transportable. The Building Blocks of a Successful e-Training Program. By Ed Gipple.