Learning Element Types

Learning Element Types are the core of each Learning Element. These will include; SCORM Presentation, SCORM Quiz, Assessment, Survey, Instructor Led Training, PDF Certificate, Rich Text, Microsoft and Google Assets, URL/Page/File or Module. Once selected, options will display which are appropriate for that specific Learning Element Type.

SCORM objects are the most traditional Learning Elements (LE). They are built using SCORM Compliant authoring tools such as Captivate, Articulate or ViewletBuilder. 

SCORM objects provide standardized status reporting back to the LMS which include Complete, Incomplete, Pass, Fail and Score. You may opt for discrete reporting for quiz question interactions.

Non-SCORM compliant resources or elements are things such as WebEx, forums, wikis, social networking, classroom training, certificates of completion, etc., Most anything that can be linked to or referenced on the web can be used as a Non-Scorm Learning Element. 

Accord LMS provides utilization tracking options for tracking Learner interactions with Non-SCORM elements to include; Incomplete on Open, Complete on Open, Complete on Close, and Complete on Duration (discussed later in this section).

SCORM Presentation

SCORM is the most popular type of Learning element. They can be PowerPoint presentations, videos or interactive presentations. You may choose to add a built-in quiz for these types of Learning Elements. The hosting LMS will provide the status, score and other details from SCORM Learning Elements. SCORM Learning Elements can also be shared with other SCORM compliant LMS.


SCORM elements may be quizzes which report the response and score for each question. They will also provide final scores and passing status.

SCORM Assessment or Surveys

The Integrated Question Builder will help you create quizzes and questionnaires without needing to rely on any external tools.

Each Assessment or Survey allows you to add question groups to a quiz and answers for each question. There are different types of questions available for you choose from; Multiple Choice with either multiple or single answers, Yes/No, True/False and Text answers. When building a survey you may also add a Rating (Likert Scale).

For more information you can refer to; Assessment and Survey Authoring Tools

Instructor Led Training

Your Accord LMS supports Instructor Led Training (ILT) which can integrate, track and report on a classroom with online and virtual training. ILT can have single or multiple Sessions. Each Session has a Learner Roster with online editing for quick Learner status updates.

Please see the Instructor Led Training - ILT Learning Elements section for a full description.

Certificate (Certificate PDF)

The Certificate (PDF Template) is a non-SCORM resource that can be added to course folders. This allows you to create high-quality, high-resolution PDF documents for announcements, courseware and certificates. You can place named fields in the PDF Template and the Accord LMS will dynamically replace these named fields with DNN and LMS token values. The template can be created from any PDF authoring tool which will provide a high-quality output with complete control over resolution, orientation, page size, etc.

Select a File Location from the list. For the default template, select the docs folder location. Wait for the page to refresh.

  • Select an existing PDF template that has already been uploaded to your LMS.
  • You may also click on the Upload a File button and browse to locate and upload a new PDF template from your local hard drive.

Scroll down to Advanced Settings and open this panel by clicking on it.

Select a Reference LE from the list. Its values will be used for all reference tokens. This selection is optional. This will allow you to pull in values such as LE Name, Score, Completion, etc. from any other LE in your system.

Note; LE are Learning Elements; otherwise your Learning Content.

Available Tokens: Click the View link next to this label to view the available tokens that will be dynamically replaced when the user opens the template. Nearly 100 different tokens are supported such as [Learner:FullName], [LE:FolderName] and [DateTime:Now]. You have the option of pulling in token values from other Referenced Learning Elements, such as a score from a prerequisite quiz.

A full list of PDF Tokens and descriptions can be found in the Certificate of Completion section.

Common Settings (for Non-SCORM Learning Elements): See below for more information.

Rich Text

This non-SCORM resource allows you to quickly and easily insert any Text or HTML into a Rich Text Editor which is placed as a Learning Element into your Catalog and opened in a popup window just like any other Learning Element. The rich text editor supports text, links, images, Flash, embedded YouTube videos, PayPal buttons, etc.

Scroll down to Advanced Settings and open the section if necessary by clicking on it.

Available Tokens: Click the View link next to this option to view available tokens that can be used as a replacement of dynamic content in your resource. Although tokens are typically optional, they will be used when creating Certificates of Completion

Print This Page: Check this box to include a Print This Page link to the resource so a Learner will have the option of printing it (Text/HTML only).

Common Settings (for Non-SCORM Learning Elements): See below for more information.

Microsoft Asset

This Learning Element Type allows you to create Learning Elements by uploading Microsoft Office files like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint which will be displayed using Microsoft's Viewer if the file size is less than 10mb otherwise the file will be downloaded by the browser.

  • Use the control below to Browse for an existing file or to upload a new file.

Google Asset

By using this Learning Element Type you can create a Learning Element which links to an online Google resource and will display using the Built in Viewer for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

  • Use the box provided to input the link to the specific document (Google Asset).


Use this Type if you want to upload or Select images, zip files and other file based assets. The files or web resources will display in a popup window or download dialog box (depending on file type).

  • Use the control below to browse for an existing file or upload a new one.

Assignment Upload

This Learning Element type will allow Learners to upload assignments, certificates, documents, images or other digital assets and functions in a manner similar to a dropbox.

In order to verify the digital asset uploaded from a particular Learner;

  • Go to the LMS Admin tab.
  • Click on the Reports tab.                              
  • Select the report type Learner Activity/Transcript with LE Detail.
  • Under Display Columns, ensure the check box next to Assignment under Learning Elements has been checked to ensure it displays within the report.
  • If choosing to allow LMS Admin to grade such uploaded assignments, also check box for Assignment Grading

After selecting any Learning Catalog folders, Teams, Roles or specific Learners you wish to be included in the report, click on Generate Report.

Once the report has generated, scroll down to the Learners within the report you wish to verify the Assignment Upload for and click on the highlighted link under the Assignment column. This will display the digital asset uploaded from the respective Learner.*

*Note; the particular method in which this selected link will display may depend upon your individual system settings. 


Grading a Learner Assignment Upload

For help documentation which explains how to quickly peruse and grade an assignment uploaded by a Learner please go to; Grading a Learner Uploaded Assignment

With this Learning Element Type you can add a link to any web based asset such as Wikipedia or Khan Academy.

This resource is divided into two further options which include:

URL: This is an external web resource. For example, this might be a link to a page with more information about a seminar being held at a convention center, or to a page for defining a term at Wikipedia.org.

  • Select the radio button next to URL. Wait for the page to refresh.
  • Type in the full path of the URL in the field provided (if using a new URL).

Page: This is any site page within your local portal showing pertinent resources or class information. Includes site skin and menu navigation.

  • Select the radio button next to Page. Wait for the page to refresh.
  • Select a Web page from your site from the list.

Common Settings (for Non-SCORM Learning Elements)

Once you’ve completed the unique option settings based on the element source of your non-SCORM; Instructor Led Training, Certificate, Rich Text, Microsoft Asset, Google Asset, File, Link or Module Learning Element, the next step is to complete the remaining common settings.

Learning Element Format:  This determines how the resource window is launched. You can change the Learning Element Format of any Learning Element by selecting one from the list that is appropriate for opening your non-SCORM element source (see Learning Element Formats under the Configuration chapter for more information).

Scroll down to Advanced Settings and open this panel by clicking on it.

Utilization Tracking: Determines if and how Learner utilization of Non-SCORM compliant content will be tracked in the LMS.  Non-Scorm Learning Element tracking can be accomplished using the same options used for SCORM reporting, for both LMS Admin and Learner. Not all the options below will apply to every Learning Element Type. Among the available options you may find:

  • “In Progress” on Open: Records the status as In Progress if the launch window is opened. Use this option for Instructor Led Training where an LMS Admin will create a final attempt record when the class is completed.
  • “Complete” on Open: Records the status as Complete if the launch window is opened.
  • “Complete” on Close: Records the status as Complete if the launch window is opened and then closed.
  • “Complete” on Expected Duration: Records the status as Complete when the launch window is closed after the Estimated Duration (mandatory).
  • None: Indicates status will not be tracked.
  • None - Resource: Status will be Resource and will not be tracked. It will be displayed under Resources tab in Learner Module, if active.
  • Include "Pass" upon "Complete"  check box to further incorporate the extra condition of passing upon completion.

Accumulate Duration: This option is only available when the "Complete" on Duration option is selected. Accumulates all the durations until the LE is completed. Once completed, the LE will show the accumulated time. If there are follow-up attempts, they will not be shown if not completed. However, each incomplete time will be accumulated behind the scenes until the LE is finally completed. The new accumulated time will then be shown as the most recent/best attempt.

Expected Duration: Type in a number for the estimated viewing time (in minutes) for the resource. If "Complete" on Duration option is selected, the Expected Duration field is mandatory.

Version History: Initially, the version history will be blank. A unique update record will be kept each time the element source is updated for version tracking.

Learner List

The Learner List is an easy method to determine which Learners or Users have been enrolled to a given Learning Element.

Right Clicking on a Learning Element will bring up it’s context menu. Click on Learner List to display enrolled Learners or Users. The Learner List will help you to determine, not only who is enrolled, but which method they were enrolled through.

The Learner List displays which shows the enrolled Learners, to include Enrollment Type, Folder Title, Rolename and Team. You have the ability to drag a column header to the top row in order to preferably group.