Can You Transfer eLearning Content from LMS to LMS?
First thing’s first: LMS stands for Learning Management System and it’s used to house eLearning projects. The LMS is the house and your eLearning modules are its inhabitants.
Now that that’s settled, let’s answer the title question of this blog, paragraph by paragraph.
From the Top: A SCORM-Compliant Authoring Tool
We’ve talked about SCORM before in our blog, but to refresh your memory, the “S” in SCORM is for “Shareable.” This makes it so your content can be shared across LMSs.
A SCORM-compliant authoring tool allows you to build content you can share. To share this content, your LMS must also accept SCORM projects.
Both are needed to share your content from LMS to LMS.
In Order to Transfer from LMS to LMS…
Your content must be shareable. This means:
- You have created your content in an authoring tool that allows you to share it with different LMSs.
- You have housed your content somewhere that allows you to extract it. Say your content is already in a SCORM-compliant LMS but you’re shopping for another one. Or maybe you’re not in an LMS. You simply want to move your content to an LMS from a cloud-based service such as Box.com, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
- When you’re ready to share your content, your new SCORM-compliant LMS will recognize that your content was created in a SCORM-compliant authoring tool and allow for it.
- You’ll likely need a little help from your friends in IT for the move, but this should work.
If You Did Not Create Your Content In a SCORM-Compliant Authoring Tool
It’s OK! Nevertheless, transferring will be a little more challenging because:
- You have created your content in an authoring tool that doesn’t allow for sharing content, OR
- You have created your content in a 2-for-1 LMS. This is an LMS that allows you to build content in it and house it there as well.
While #2 is a great thing, some #2s only allow you to house content in the house you built it. No sharing. So, if you didn’t create your content in a SCORM-compliant authoring tool, you’ll likely have to either:
- Keep your content where you have it.
- Recreate your content in a SCORM-compliant authoring tool so you can transfer as you need to in the future.
Remember: The LMS is the house and your content its inhabitants. They are separate! Although nowadays you can go with the 2-for-1 options, make sure you’ll be able to extract your content when you need to.
Who Are We?
We are Miranda Park Learning, your instructional design experts. When you need SCORM-compliant eLearning modules created for your company, contact us. We’ll help you create the right training systems for your team.
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