Remote SCO Learning Content

LMS Admins have the ability to conveniently establish and manage remote SCO Learning Content.

Thru the Remote SCO feature built into the Accord LMS, selected SCO material can be readily shared with and utilized by Learners of your choosing while simultaneously protecting this same SCO material from being accessed by non-selected or non-authorized Learners.

What is the purpose of Remote SCO? 

The Remote SCO feature can be used to share specific SCORM learning content with an external Learning Management System. 

The Accord LMS provides the necessary tools to manage licensing which then limits the number of completions or allotted time periods available for any Users utilizing a third-party LMS. 

Thru the Remote SCO feature, any Learners utilizing a third party LMS will be accessing selected SCO learning content from the Accord LMS where it was originally created or stored. 

This feature provides content authors with the ability to distribute their content without relinquishing any control to it's access. 

Any SCORM Learning Elements within the Accord LMS Learning Catalog can be utilized to create Remote SCO files for any number of external LMS systems. Most external LMS systems can utilize Remote SCO files.

Adding and Setting up SCO Content for Managing Remote SCO Access

The example below will demonstrate how to properly add and manage any Remote SCO learning content.

Note; this example will demonstrate how to quickly setup and manage Remote SCO content. For further general information regarding SCORM type learning elements, please see; 

Learning Element Types at; http://help.accordlms.com/m/11168/l/763571-learning-element-types

STEP ONE: Establish a Team to Facilitate Remote SCO Content

To establish a Team which can then facilitate REMOTE SCO learning content;

  • Go to LMS Admin tab > Teams tab.
  • Using either the top All Members team or an existing Child Team, click on the Team to open it's context menu.
  • Click on New Child Team

Ensure the appropriate larger Active Team has been selected by using it's associated dropdown menu.

Note; if using a preexisting Team to facilitate any Remote SCO content, go to LMS Admin tab > Teams tab, click on desired Team to open it's context menu and then click on Team Details to access the Remote SCO panel. For balance of directions please continue reading.

Once the NEW CHILD TEAM panel opens (same as Team Details panel);

  • Team Name: Type a required Team Name.
  • Include Group: Check box if you want to provide members of this Team with their own Group.
  • Parent Team: This will identify the Parent Team of this new Child Team.
  • Description: Add optional description or helpful notes.
  • Reference: Optional reference field normally used for administrative purposes.

RULES: if desiring to add membership rules for this Team, click on heading to open section.

  • Rule: Using the associated dropdown menu, select a specific Rule necessary for Users to qualify for Team membership. Choose from selected qualifying criteria such as email, name, prefix, State, zip-code , etc.
  • Add New Parameter: Click to add any supplemental parameters necessary to qualify for Team membership.
  • Add New Rule: Establish additional Rules as necessary.

REMOTE SCO: If necessary click heading to open.

  • Enable Remote SCO: Check box to enable the Remote SCO.
  • Remote LMS URL: This field must contain the URL of the external LMS where the SCO content will be published.*

*Important Note: The Accord LMS Server must be able to conduct HTTP Requests for this specific URL.

  • Update: Click Update to save changes and create Team capable of facilitating Remote SCO learning content.

*Hovering mouse over information icons displays helpful tips. 

STEP TWO: Add any SCO Desired for Remote Access

The following image represents a typical Learning Catalog of the Accord LMS when accessing the LMS Admin tab > Catalog tab.

Ensure the larger Active Team has been selected by using the adjacent dropdown menu.

Create or select a folder from the Learning Catalog to add your desired SCO learning content, also referred to as a Learning Element.

For this example we will add the desired Remote SCO content to the OSHA Driver Safety learning folder.

  • Click on the learning folder you wish to place Remote SCO content into. This will open it's context menu.
  • Click on New Learning Element.

When the New Learning Element window displays;

  • Click on either SCORM Presentation or SCORM Quiz.

When the New Learning Element panel opens;

  • Name: Enter a name (non-optional).
  • Learning Element Format: Using the associated dropdown menu, select desired format.
  • Custom Window Dimensions: Check box to edit any desired custom window dimensions.
  • Enable Proctoring: Check box to enable proctoring.
  • Description: Enter an optional description.
  • SCO: In the SCO field, click Select to choose the SCO object you wish to upload from your computer system.
  • After uploading your desired SCO content, click on the Remote SCO heading to open this panel if necessary.

Once the panel opens, use the associated dropdown to select the specific Team you desire to provide the remote access for your chosen SCO learning content. 

For this ongoing example, we will select the Team we created for this purpose from above and select Driver Safety Remote SCO.

After you select the desired Team, the panel will refresh, displaying various data fields.

Team: Select a Team to create the Remote SCO. The selected Team will specify the URL for the Remote LMS. 

Please Note; Selected Team must be a Child Team under the All Members Team.

Enabled: If disabled, any attempt records from Remote Learners are rejected.

Maximum Completions: This represents the maximum allowable number of completions intended for this Remote SCO. When this limit is reached, no new attempt records are accepted. A number between 1 and 999,999 must be entered.

Current Completions: This figure represents the number of current completed records for this Remote SCO.

In Progress: This figure represents the current number of ‘In Progress’ records for this Remote SCO. In progress means a given Learner has opened the Remote SCO but not yet finished.

Expiration: Any attempt records for this Remote SCO are rejected after the expiration date.

Last Updated: Specifies the date this Remote SCO was last updated.

Update By: This indicates a particular LMS Admin individual who last updated this Remote SCO.

  • Click Create when finished to save changes and create the Remote SCO.

After creating, scroll near bottom and click Update.

Managing any Remote SCO

Once any Remote SCO learning content has been established, any editing or management of this Remote SCO content is conducted from the Configuration panel.

  • Ensure the proper Active Team is selected.
  • Go to LMS Admin tab > Configuration tab
  • Click on Remote SCO.

Once the Remote SCO panel opens;

  • Locate and click on the Team you wish to update or edit any Remote SCO for.
  • Click on Details.
  • Locate the Remote SCO content you wish to edit and click on it's adjacent pencil icon.

Once the edit panel displays;

  • Make updates or changes.
  • Once finished, click Update.
  • After updating, scroll near bottom and click Return.

Turning any Existing SCO Content into Remote SCO

For converting any existing Learning Catalog SCO type learning content into SCO which may be accessed remotely;

  • Locate the desired SCO content from it's associated Learning Catalog folder.
  • Click on this Learning Element to open it's context menu.
  • Click on LE Details
  • Once the LE Details panel opens, scroll down and click on Remote SCO to open this panel.

Once the panel opens, use the associated dropdown to select the specific Team you desire to provide the remote access for your chosen SCO learning content. 

After you select the desired Team, the panel will refresh, displaying various data fields.

Team: Select a Team to create the Remote SCO. The selected Team will specify the URL for the Remote LMS. 

Please Note; Selected Team must be a Child Team under the All Members Team.

Enabled: If disabled, any attempt records from Remote Learners are rejected.

Maximum Completions: This represents the maximum allowable number of completions intended for this Remote SCO. When this limit is reached, no new attempt records are accepted. A number between 1 and 999,999 must be entered.

Current Completions: This figure represents the number of current completed records for this Remote SCO.

In Progress: This figure represents the current number of ‘In Progress’ records for this Remote SCO. In progress means a given Learner has opened the Remote SCO but not yet finished.

Expiration: Any attempt records for this Remote SCO are rejected after the expiration date.

Last Updated: Specifies the date this Remote SCO was last updated.

Update By: This indicates a particular LMS Admin individual who last updated this Remote SCO.

  • Click Create when finished to save changes and create the Remote SCO.
  • As a last step, click Update at bottom.