Another Method to Eliminate Suspend Data: SCORM 2004

As a follow-up to last post, the customer noticed that the user was not getting a bookmark back to the scoring page during the next section. I had used SCORM Watch for testing and saw the bookmark (cmi.location) being sent by ToolBook. But then I tested in Tracker.Net and saw that the customer was right. This was because the SCORM 2004 standard says that once a lesson (SCO) has been marked as complete, the user basically has to start over if they return to the lesson. That means that no bookmark, status, or suspend data is sent the next session. So a simpler solution to preventing the extra suspend data is to stick with SCORM 2004 (this doesn’t work in SCORM 1.2) and mark the book as completed if the user passes and otherwise discard results. This is shown below.

This is somewhat less efficient than the last post in that the huge suspend data is sent to the LMS and stored. But it is not sent BACK to the content and, most importantly, ToolBook doesn’t need to spend the time and processing power to reset all the questions to their original state.

About Jeff Rhodes
Jeff Rhodes is the Branch Chief, Program Office Support at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Prior to that, he was the Academic Chief Technical Officer at the United States Air Force Academy and previously a Senior IT Specialist in charge of SharePoint and other key systems at the Academy. Jeff was the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial e-learning software. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. He is the author of Creating Business Applications with Office 365: Techniques in SharePoint, PowerApps, Power BI, and More, Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook, Flash, JavaScript, and Silverlight, VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic .NET and The ToolBook Companion. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and is the proud father of his sons Derek and Michael.

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