You may have seen Course Properties hanging around beneath your Sandbox but not known what they do or what to do with them. Course Properties allow you to direct how SCORM Cloud will play your SCORM package. Some tweaks to Course Properties improve how the course runs while others allow you to customize the learner experience. When you import a course, SCORM Cloud makes some educated guesses on what properties make the most sense for your course. Unlike many LMSs out there, SCORM Cloud has dozens of Course Property combinations that allow you to truly customize how your course plays and appears to your learner.
To get started making changes to your Course Properties, you will need to log in to your SCORM Cloud account and choose the course you want to customize. There’s a ton of options to tweak within Course Properties, the possibilities are (nearly) endless, but we’ll start you off slow by changing the learner experience. For the following three examples, you will need to navigate to the 'Course Properties’ section of the course page.
Example 1: Launching your course seamlessly
The most popular question we receive when it comes to Course Properties is ‘Can I launch my course within the same window?’ The answer to that is of course you can! To change how your course is launched, follow these steps:
- Click ‘Launch Behavior’ and change both SCO Launch Type and Player Launch Type to Frameset and click ‘Save’. Chances are ‘Player Launch Type’ already has Frameset selected.
- To test out how this will look to your learner, launch your course from your SCORM Cloud Sandbox.
- This is how your course will appear.
Keep in mind, once training that has been launched in the same browser window has been completed, it will not redirect the user back to anything. They will simply close out their session. To avoid this, we suggest adding an exit button to your course to keep learners from closing their browser session before completing their course. SCORM Cloud defaults to launch the training in a new window.
Launching Frameset / Frameset using the API
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Something to remember when launching frameset (also noted above) is that you'll want to ensure courses have an exit button built in. This will allow the user to "exit gracefully" at any point rather than close down the browser window.
Example 2: Show Navigation Bar
To show or not to show, that is the question. The navigation bar is exactly what it sounds like. It gives your learner a way to navigate through the course and an option to exit the course. If you’re into showing the Navigation Bar, here’s where you go to get it.
- Click ‘Navigational Controls’ and check the box next to Show Navigation Bar and click ‘Save’
- Click ‘Launch Behavior’ and change both SCO Launch Type and Player Launch Type to 'Frameset’ . Click 'Save'. This will keep your Navigation Bar and your course together in one window.
- Your course will be updated and will look something like this:
Example 3: Wrap SCO Window with API
Sometimes when a SCO is launched in a new window, some poorly executed content has a hard time finding the SCORM API. This setting wraps an empty frameset around the SCO window, presenting an API that relays calls back to the real SCORM API. To bolster your SCORM course by wrapping the window with the API, follow these easy steps.
- Click ‘Compatibility Settings’ and check the box next to ‘Wrap SCO Window with API’ and click ‘Save’
- Click 'Launch Behavior' and double check that SCO Launch Type is set to 'New Window'. Click ‘Save’
- You won’t notice any cosmetic changes to your course, but it will look something like this:
There you have it. Three easy ways to optimize your course by tweaking Course Properties. Have any additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org