SCORM Sequencing and Navigation

A learner experiencing SCORM content does not necessarily exercise complete control over which learning object they experience and when. Content developers determine how much control is given to the learner based on organization and sequencing information defined in the content package's manifest.

When accessing SCORM content, a learner will experience only one learning object at a time. SCORM Sequencing and Navigation define the ability of a learner to navigate from one learning object to another and the sequence in which learning objects may be experienced by a learner.

In SCORM, a learning object (SCO) is not allowed to explicitly link to another. Rather, when a learner wishes to experience an activity they use navigation controls provided by the LMS (e.g. Start, Continue, Quit, etc) to issue navigation requests. The navigation requests are processed by the LMS to determine the sequence of learning activities.

Most of the complexity burden associated with SCORM navigation and sequencing lays with the implementers of a SCORM run-time environment (RTE) or learning management systems (LMS). Even for content developers, though, a basic understanding of how SCORM content is delivered at run-time is necessary.

Next, learn more about Sequencing.