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.

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About Jeff Rhodes
Jeff Rhodes is the Chief Technical Officer and owner of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial software that Improves the Lives of Training Developers. 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 Masters degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. Jeff is the author of "Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook, Flash, JavaScript, & Silverlight" and "VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic .NET." He also co-wrote "The ToolBook Companion." He has had numerous articles on training development published and is a frequent presenter at conferences both in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and sons Derek and Michael.

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