Update a SCORM activity
  • 03 Apr 2023
  • 2 minutes to read

Update a SCORM activity

Article Summary

There may be times when you need to update a SCORM package but need to retain the completion data and current learners' progress. For example, you may have updated text in an e-learning module without adding new content. In order to retain this data, you need to ensure that the new SCORM package's IMS manifest file has the same item identifier as the current SCORM package.

If you need to update a SCORM package that is used in multiple courses, it is useful to turn on auto-updating. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Within the required course, Turn editing on.
  2. Select SCORM from the Add an activity menu.
  3. Enter a name and description.
  4. Select the Add button () and select the repository containing your SCORM files.
  5. Select the zipped SCORM file.
  6. Select the Create an alias/shortcut to the file radio button, then Select this file.
  7. Set the Auto-update frequency setting.
  8. Select Save and display.

Now the SCORM activity will automatically check the selected repository (depending on the Auto-update frequency you selected) and update the activity with the latest ZIP file.

If you use the automatic update method described above, you still need to check that the current and new SCORM packages have the same item identifier in their IMS manifest files. If the new package has a different number, regardless of whether you update the SCORM automatically or manually, you will lose your completion and progress data.

If you are using a package in your private files as the source for a SCORM activity and want it to be automatically updated when the file changes (e.g. daily), you will need to select Overwrite when uploading the updated package with the same name. This will ensure that the updated package is treated as the same file. When the cron task is executed the SCORM activity will be updated with the new file.

However, if the private file used for the SCORM package is deleted and subsequently reuploaded it will be treated as a separate file, even if the file name is the same. Because of this, the SCORM activity will not be automatically updated with the new private file version.

Next steps

C024 - SCORM(1)The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using SCORM in Totara Learn. Give it a go yourself and see what you can learn today. 

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