The Versions of e-Learning Standards
Released January 2000
SCORM 1.0 was a draft outline of the SCORM framework. It specified how content should be packaged, how content should communicate with an LMS and how content should be described.
It is not widely used and was more of a development/test version
Released January 2001
SCORM 1.1 was the first really usable version of SCORM and the first to be adopted by commercial vendors. It's no longer relevant since it was quickly superseded by the release of Scorm 1.2
Released October 2001
SCORM 1.2 was widely adopted and is regarded as the industry standard despite newer versions being available. Most content developers/vendors still make their products available in this version.
SCORM 1.2 does not specify how content is sequenced by a runtime service and usually the user is free to choose any part of the content.
SCORM 2004 “1st Edition
Released January 2004
This specification allows content authors to create rules about how users may navigate the module. For example “a learner can’t take a final test until they have completed all of the courseware material.” Or, “if a learner fails question X, return them back to point Y.”
Scorm 2004 allows for reporting on learners responses to content within the scorm so where a quiz/assessment element is incorporated you'll be able to report not only whether the learner passed/failed but evaluate where they failed or which questions gave particular problems to learners.
The term SCORM 2004 is generally used to refer to any edition of the SCORM 2004 specification. It is sometimes referred to as SCORM 1.3. although that name is no longer in official use.
As with the 1st edition of scorm, it was more of a test/development version and was not widely deployed
SCORM 2004 2nd Edition
Released July 2004
SCORM 2004 2nd Edition was widely adopted, but it has not yet reached the same levels of use as SCORM 1.2.
SCORM 2004 3rd Edition
Released October 2006
Third Edition is mainly a set of improvements to the sequencing specification. It incorporated the addition of new user interface requirements for the LMS and is the most widely used version of Scorm 2004 editions
SCORM 2004 4th Edition
Released March 2009
The new features in Fourth Edition simplified the process of creating sequenced content.
Points to Note:
Kallidus Classic LMS Users: If creating scorm 2004 content in an edition higher than 2nd edition and you find problems with launching or sequencing, set the options on the elearning setup to 'use scorm 2004 4th edition'