Learning Elements; (learning-content)

Once you have created a basic Learning Catalog folder structure, you can start adding Learning Elements (LE)

  • The Accord LMS comes with built-in Assessment Authoring for creating quizzes and exams in addition to Survey Authoring  tools in order to be able to create miscellaneous User surveys; such as course evaluations and feedback.
  • Your catalog can be populated with traditional-type Learning Elements which are commonly based on a Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). These may be presentations, quizzes and surveys created using third-party SCORM Compliant authoring tools. 
  • You may also use Non-SCORM Learning Elements. These might be desktop sharing, WebEx, a URL, site page, site module, document file, high definition video, forum, mentor chat, etc.

Essentially any digital information which can be opened or accessed through a User's ordinary web browser can be utilized as Learning Elements.

A given Learning Element will have an associated Element Type (whether SCORM or not) around which metadata such as descriptions, learning objectives, etc. can be associated.

A single Learning Catalog folder may contain an unlimited amount of Learning Elements.

Add a New Learning Element

Once you create a Learning Catalog folder, the next step is to add a Learning Element. 

Once Learning Elements are added they may utilized by Users or Learners.

To add a Learning Element to a Learning Catalog folder;

  • Ensure the proper Active Team has been selected by using it's associated dropdown menu (should there be more than one Active Team).
  • Go to the LMS Admin tab.
  • Click on the Catalog tab.
  • Click on the Learning Catalog folder where you wish to add a Learning Element to open it's context menu.
  • Select Add Learning Element from menu.

The New Learning Element panel will display. 

Choose a Learning Element Type for the type of Learning Element you wish to add.

  • Select SCORM Presentation or SCORM Quiz if you want to add SCORM content to your Learning Catalog.
  • Select the Assessment or Survey option if you choose to use Accord LMS integrated authoring tools.
  • Other options include Instructor Led Training (ILT), Certificate (PDF), Microsoft Asset, Google Asset and other Non-SCORM type content.


Once you select a Learning Element type from the list above, a New Learning Element panel will display. 

Enter information and settings to format and display the Learning Element as desired.

  • Name: Type a necessary name for the Learning Element in provided field. This name will list in the Learning Catalog.
  • Learning Element Format: The format determines how your Learning Element is presented and processed. You may use the dropdown menu to use other available formats. 
  • New formats may be added in the Learning Element Format section under LMS Admin > Configuration.
  • Custom Window Dimensions: Checking this box will allow you to input any value (up to 5000) to use as Width and Height dimensions for the Learning Element Launch Window.
  • Enable Proctoring: Check box to allow this Learning Element to be proctored via third party online proctoring.
  • Description: Type Learning Element lesson details or objectives into the Rich Text Editor. To embellish any text, use the available formatting tools from the toolbar. Mouse over buttons to see tool tips.
  • SCO: Browse and select a SCORM compliant Content Object in a zip deployment package.
  • Version History: Initially, version history will be blank. Version history will update each time you update any Learning Element details.
  • Once you've selected the desired Learning Element properties you may scroll to the bottom of the panel and click Update. This will add this Learning Element to the Catalog where it may be utilized immediately.

If opting to enter any Advanced Settings, Remote SCO settings or Education Activities, please scroll for further information on these features.

Advanced Settings

  • Click on Advanced Settings to open panel.

Whenever creating a new Learning Element or editing an existing one, you may utilize Advanced Settings. This allows for further options concerning the setup and use of your Learning Element.

  • Learning Element (LE) Type: You can use the dropdown menu to change the Learning Element Type. Please have in mind that changing the LE Type will result in the loss of the Learning Element Detail Settings but it will not affect any Enrollments, Attempt Records or Education Activities that may already exist for this Learning Element.
  • Utilization Tracking: Using the adjacent dropdown menu, select between tracking Provided by SCO, None or None - Resource.
  • Element Storage: Shows the location where your SCORM Element is stored.
  • Passing Score Manifest Value: This comes preset at 100% and allows passing scores to be rated against a 100% value.
  • Passing Score Reported Value: Enter a numeric value to be considered the passing score for this Learning Element.
  • Location to Complete: This option captures slide position and is used together with the SCO reported Location value to calculate the [LOCATION%] token. This can be used with SCO allowed to resume.
  • Directory Name: This shows the name of the folder where the SCORM files are stored in the server file system.
  • Expected Duration: Type in an estimated viewing time for this Learning Element.
  • LEID (Learning Element ID); This is a unique identification string (made up of alpha and numeric characters) assigned to this Learning Element once added to Catalog. The LEID is used to identify the Learning Element.
  • Local ID: This is the value of a local Learning Element auto increment field and a unique value within the portal. The Local ID is assigned whenever a Learning Element is created.
  • Reference: This is an optional reference field for administrative use. In most instances this field may be left blank.
  • Status: An Active Learning Elements is available for Learner utilization. Inactive status hides this Learning Element from Learners.
  • Views: This displays the number of times this Learning Element has been viewed.
  • Publish Date: Enter a publish date into this field or select a date by clicking on the adjacent calendar. This Learning Element becomes available to Learners on this date.
  • Tags (separated by commas): Type in words or phrases to help identify this Learning Element during searches. Separate each word or entire phrase by a comma.
  • Utilized in Folders: Shows a list of folders where this learning element is being used.

Remote SCO

The Remote SCO panel is where various SCO learning content can be setup to be used by Learners utilizing  a remote LMS. 

For comprehensive instructions on setting up and using any Remote SCO, please see the accompanying help documentation at; http://help.accordlms.com/m/11168/l/1186592-remote-sco-learning-content

Education Activities

This section will allow you to setup various conditions for any Learners utilizing the Learning Element; conditions such as Complete or Pass in order to fulfill any learning requirements.

You may also choose to assign Education Units (or points) and/or assign points for Workplace Conduct.

Such information will reflect in Learner Attempt records.

To access Education Activities;

  • Click on Education Activities to open panel.
  • Award Requirements: Using the associated dropdown menu, specify the necessary requirements to award Education Activities. Available options are Complete, Pass, Complete or Pass or Complete and Pass.
  • Education Units: Enter a numeric value for the amount of Education Units to be awarded to Learners. Standard Education Units are available in reports.
  • Workplace Conduct: You have the option of entering a numeric value in this field.
  • Click Update to save changes.

Learner List

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

  • Clicking on a Learning Element to open 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 through which method they were enrolled.

The Learner List will display which shows any enrolled Learners, to include Enrollment Type, Folder Title, Rolename and Team. 

You have the ability to drag a column header to the top row to preferably group.

Filtering a Learner List

You have the option of filtering a Learner List to find certain information easier.

As an example of filtering, we will search for the specific username of 'nelson'.

  • Under Username; enter 'nelson'
  • Hover mouse over filter icon to open dropdown list.
  • Click 'Contains'.

The list will refresh, showing only usernames containing 'nelson'.