SCORM: Certification, Conformance, and Adoption

Certification, Conformance, and Adoption

Adoption of the SCORM Specification increases the interoperability and reusability of systems and content. ADL supports SCORM adoption on a variety of levels. The highest achievable level is that of SCORM Certification, which is a verification of conformance by an independent 3rd party. Having this validation gives consumers of distributed learning content and systems confidence in using products that implement the SCORM specification.

NOTE Due to a lack of testing centers, SCORM Certification is currently not available. ADL is offering validation of test suite logs for vendors and content developers so they can be placed on the SCORM Adopters list.

Certification Is:

  • Independent 3rd party testing
  • Provides consumers of distributed learning content and systems with the assurance that certified products have successfully implemented ADL SCORM specifications

Certification Is Not:

  • An endorsement by the ADL Initiative
  • A guarantee that a product has been tested for defects in functionality
  • A guarantee that the product's content is instructionally sound
  • The same as being a SCORM Adopter

Certification Vs. Conformance, and Adoption

Many products claim to be SCORM-certified, a SCORM adopter, or SCORM conformant. Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) has specific terms and criteria regarding each of these levels of conformance:

SCORM Conformance – the only criteria for claiming SCORM conformance (to a specific version of SCORM, i.e. SCORM version 1.2) is to pass the corresponding test within the ADL Conformance Test Suite of the corresponding SCORM version. The Conformance Test Suite is a free download from ADLnet.gov. This test is done on the honor system and requires no ADL involvement.

SCORM Adopter – the next level up from being SCORM conformance is for a product to be a SCORM adopter. A product must be SCORM conformant before it can be considered to be a SCORM adopter. The logs that result from a passing test in the ADL Conformance Test Suite are submitted to ADL (see the SCORM Adopters page for more information) and if found to be correct, the product is labeled as a SCORM adopter in the SCORM Adopter Product List (for a particular version of SCORM).

SCORM Certification – The final level of SCORM conformance is SCORM certification. Certified products are those products that have been tested by independent ADL Certification Testing Centers to meet the requirements as described by the corresponding version of the SCORM Conformance requirements document and verified by the Conformance Test Suite (see the SCORM Certification page for more information). Once this process is completed, the product is SCORM Certified and is added to the SCORM Certified Product List. The product is also then compliant to SCORM Certification.

NOTE As an alternative to previous SCORM Certified Products and SCORM Adopter forms and searchable databases, ADL has posted locked spreadsheets of the data until the forms and process is updated. Click the links below to access these static resources.

Products that wish to become SCORM Adopters should start by contacting ADL.

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by ADL Team Member | October 23rd, 2015 | home research scorm: certification, conformance, and adoption

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