Friday, October 3, 2008

Captivate and Moodle play well with others

I finished up my first project developed with Captivate and decided to take the opportunity to dive into SCORM with Moodle. Until now, I have only experimented with moodle and have never had to worry about SCORM when publishing courses. We are now taking our eLearning programs to a larger scale and Moodle will sure save us a lot of headaches as opposed to using MS Sharepoint as we have been doing. So, I decided to take the leap and try and figure out what this whole SCORM thing was about.

At first I had a hard time finding specific instructions of how to make a SCORM class work in Moodle. Forgive my ignorance but I had no idea that you were supposed to upload the entire zipped package intact. I think this is beneath the regulars in the Moodle forums which is why I had a tough time finding anything on it.

Once I figured that out everything went surprisingly well. The scores from assesments within the Captivate eLearning module were recorded in the Moodle gradebook flawlessly. Now that I have this hurdle out of the way I am ready to dive into Moodle and make it my companies full time eLearning university. This comes in perfect timing for the eLearning courses I am working on for a management training program. I am just about ready to run a pilot test of the courses so I will also be able to use this opportunity for a pilot run of Moodle.

4 comments:

Steve said...

You will find that Moodle is not very SCORM compliant and it doesn't handle SCORM well at all. Also, if you are concerned about security, then there is no comparison. See the Moodle Security tag at www.moodleus.org

Joe Deegan said...

Thanks for the comment and link Steve. So far so good for me with Moodle and SCORM. Everything has worked flawlessly using Moodle 1.9. I am sure Moodle does have it's flaws but the price of free takes higher precedence on my shoestring budget.

Kevin said...

Joe - I've been able to get my captivate quiz to work in Moodle - but my issue is that the tracking isn't working as I think it should. I can't get it to talk with the grade book at all. The only thing I can get is a mess of data reported in the "view complete logs" tab under the user profile. Would you be kind enough to write out a quick play-by-play to get this done?

Much appreciated!

Joe Deegan said...

Thanks for the suggestion Kevin. I will do that. In the meantime, a couple of things to make sure of is that you are adding the activity to the course site as a SCORM/AICC activity.