Enhancing the learning experience and capturing the virtual student’s attention often requires tangible items. These tangible items can be in the form of templates and tools the students can use during the course and after the course when they apply what was learned. The question becomes, “How can these items be included in a SCORM package?” It turns out to be easier than you might think.
You start by creating a resource folder that includes the files that the students will download from within the SCORM package. Next, you create a single html page that should be no larger than 720 x 540. Avoid scrolling is a good rule of thumb. On the html page, which you can create in Microsoft Word or other word processors, write the hyperlinks to the files that are in the resource folder:
The htm or html file will have a folder that contains any graphics you added to the file. Notice that the spreadsheets are all included within the resource folder called CEM Toolkit. The overall course folder looks like this.
The resources are in the CEM Toolkit folder and the CEM_Course folder. Each of these becomes a separate SCO. In this example the SCORM package contains two SCOs, thus a multi SCO package. In your item callouts within the manifest the resources are within those two folders and you point to the html files.
The Download the Course Toolkit htm file looks like the following image. You can add links to a website to launch from your logo. The hyperlinks listed allow the student to download the files from within the SCORM package that resides within the LMS. That is how you include support materials that the students can download from within your course.
Charlie Carpenter is the President of Process Predictability Management, Inc and the founder of EducateVirtually.com
in Naples, Florida. He is the Instructor of Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Kaizen Facilitator courses for Missouri State University’s Management Development Institute and Ozarks Technical College Center for Workforce Development.