Generally speaking, SCORM is not our favorite eLearning method. Click-through content, timers, and bland design mean learners have a hard time paying attention to SCORM courses.
But many instructional designers stick with SCORM because it’s what they know.
What is SCORM?
SCORM is the acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It is “a set of technical standards for eLearning software products.” Essentially, SCORM facilitates the functioning of eLearning courses within a learning management system (LMS). A SCORM-compliant course means that the course adheres to the technical standards that allows the course to run in any LMS, regardless of the authoring tool in which the course was created in. A SCORM course is similar in appearance to a click-through PowerPoint presentation and includes assessments, quizzes, and some interactivity.
What is Microlearning?
Microlearning is easily digestible, self-directed online learning. The term may seem technical and foreign, but you are probably more familiar with it than you might think. Have you ever watched a video about the right way to curl your hair or fix your car engine? If so, you have participated in microlearning.
What once started as handy tutorials that simply helped people complete mundane tasks has blossomed into a normal way of learning in just about any environment–from the workplace to the classroom.
Another characteristic of microlearning is that it is typically informal and mobile-friendly. Because they’re designed to be fast and easy, microlearning courses are shorter than other types of courses. In microlearning, a course focuses on a very specific idea or narrow field of study.
Difference Between Microlearning and SCORM
The biggest difference between SCORM and microlearning videos is pacing.
SCORM courses tend to be slower and self-paced. Because of that, you can’t play with your pacing as a learning tool.
eLearning and microlearning videos are different. They can be fast and engaging. If you want to convey enthusiasm or emotion, video pacing is the way to do it.
But if you’re already dedicating the time and resources to writing an eLearning and microlearning script, you might as well use it for a medium that your learners enjoy, right?
How do I Write a Script for a Microlearning Course?
Check out this microlearning script process that is very similar to how you would create a SCORM script.
Always address your learning objective
It’s easy to get off-topic when writing a script. At the end of every section you write, remember to refer back to your learning objective. You want to stay as on topic and focused as possible to address your learners’ pain points. If your script doesn’t match up with that objective, it’s back to the drawing board.
Tell a story
Do you remember the droning teacher from Ferris Bueller? You don’t want to be that guy. The best way to make your course interesting and memorable is to tell a story. But not just any story. It has to be relevant to your learning objectives and make sense to your learners.
Keep it short and sweet
You’re writing a script for microlearning. You don’t need to write a novel. Write content that sounds great when it’s read aloud. Keep your sentences short and easy to understand. Write and rewrite your script until it’s perfect. You might even try recording yourself reading the script and listening to the recording. Some things read great on paper, but they don’t sound great out loud. Listen to the playback and adjust any wording that sounds off.
Use a storyboard
Whether you’re doing a live action or animated video, you need a storyboard. A storyboard helps you lay out your script in a simple visual format. Know exactly what you want your learners to see. This will prevent any surprises along the way. If you’ve never made a storyboard before, don’t worry. Many sites offer free templates that will help you get started.
How do I Write a Script for a SCORM Course?
As mentioned earlier, writing a script for a SCORM course is very similar to writing an eLearning and microlearning video script. Your script should include these four components:
Scripting should be included in your strategy for creating effective SCORM courses. Going off the cuff or just winging it isn’t a great strategy. For the best results, your script should incorporate the following elements:
Know what you’re saying
Don’t you hate redoing work? Invest your time into writing a great script upfront and you can easily slash your editing time in half.
Don’t miss a thing
Learners are here to learn from you. Don’t get lazy by skipping the script! Your script helps you deliver information that’s easy to understand and comprehensive. This ensures you align what you’re saying to your learning objective and giving learners the information, they want.
Outline your tone
A script not only tells you what to say, but it keeps your course on brand. You can communicate in the precise way that you intend with a script. This helps you appear more polished and professional, helping learners see the value in your course.
The bottom Line
No matter how you slice it, you need to have a script. It not only keeps your video or course focused, but helps you build your brand with a professional product. Give your clients the content they crave in a polished format through the power of a script.