SCORM in Canvas

A Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) object is often added to a subject if you are using a text book with associated online learning components, or perhaps have received or developed an object outside of the LMS.

SCORM is a technical standard for many e-learning products and is often used to create course content.

The SCORM LTI is not automatically enabled in Canvas and is activated on a subject-by-subject basis. To enable the SCORM LTI for a given subject, please submit a support request, including the subject ID for each required subject.

You can also provide SCORM packages to your students for formative assessments or utilise SCORM as a learning resource.

Importing SCORM files as an assignment

SCORM assignments can be created as graded and non-graded assignment (e.g. formative assessments).

Both create assignments in Canvas and generate a column in the Gradebook. For graded SCORM assignments, grades will pass through into the Gradebook in Canvas. For ungraded SCORM assignments, the Gradebook will show a column, but no grades will flow through.

See below for how to import SCORM files as an assignment.

Utilising SCORM packages as non-graded learning resources

Utilise SCORM packages as a learning resource (non-graded) to your students by embedding SCORM content (htm or html) directly as a module item into your subject.

See below for how to embed SCORM content into module (ungraded option).

How to import SCORM files as an assignment

You will be given the option to import the SCORM file as a graded or non-graded assignment.

Import SCORM file

  1. Select SCORM from your Subject Navigation.
  2. Click Upload.
SCORM upload page
SCORM upload page
  1. Select desired SCORM package (zip file) from your PC or laptop and click Open. The SCORM zip file will upload.
    Upload SCORM zip file
    Upload SCORM zip file
  2. Select the import type from the dropdown menu. Choose to import the SCORM file as a graded or ungraded assignment.

Note: Choosing graded or ungraded when importing a SCORM file is permanent and cannot be changed in Canvas. If you import a SCORM file as ungraded assignment, the assignment will not be worth points and will not display a grade for student.

Choose import type
Choose import type
  1. Click the green Go button. The SCORM graded (or ungraded) assignment has been created.

View SCORM Assignment

  1. Select SCORM from your Subject Navigation Menu.
  2. Click the Assignment icon, to view the assignment in Canvas or edit assignment details.
View assignment
View assignment

The assignment opens in a new tab and gives you the option to Edit Assignment Settings.

View and edit assignment options
View and edit assignment options
  1. Alternatively, you can view the assignment in the Assignments page.

Note: Once a SCORM packages has been imported, the assignment can be moved to an assignment group, added to modules or managed like any other assignment in Canvas.

View in the Assignments page
View in the Assignments page

Preview SCORM content

You can preview the SCORM content to see how students will view the assignment.

  1. Select SCORM from your Subject Navigation.
  2. Click the Preview icon.

    Preview SCORM content
    Preview SCORM content
  3. Complete the assignment in the preview and Canvas will update the score to display how the score appears to students.

Note: All SCORM package uploads default to 100 points.

  1. Click Reset, to reset the test content.
  2. Click Done, when you are finished with the preview.
Preview assignment
Preview assignment

Delete SCORM file

  1. Select SCORM from your Subject Navigation.
  2. Click the Delete icon.

Note: If you delete a SCORM assignment from the Assignments page, the assignment will still appear on the SCORM page. If you try to open the assignment, Canvas will generate an error. However, if you delete the assignment from the SCORM page, the assignment will also be deleted from all other applicable Canvas locations.

Delete SCORM file
Delete SCORM file

How to embed SCORM content into module (ungraded option)

When SCORM packages are created for showing content to students only and not for assessments, consider embedding SCORM content directly as a module item into your subject and provide the content as a learning resource to your students. This way you have SCORM items in your module sequence and not in the Gradebook.

  1. In the Global Navigation menu, select Account and click Files.
  2. Click the Subject folder you would like to add SCORM content as learning resource.
  3. Click +Folder.
Subject Files
Subject Files
  1. Enter a file folder name (e.g. SCORM Content) and hit Enter on your keyboard. 

    Name File Folder
    Name File Folder
  2. Open the newly created folder (e.g. SCORM Content) and click Upload.
  3. Select the desired SCORM (zip file) from your PC or laptop and click Open.
  4. In the popup window, click Expand It.

    Zip file options
    Zip file options

    This loads the expanded zip file into the newly created folder (e.g. SCORM Content).

    Upload completed
    Upload completed
  5. In the Global Navigation Menu, go to your Dashboard or Subjects and open the Subject you would like to embed SCORM content as a module item. Must correlate to the same Subject folder you selected in Files.
  6. Click Modules in the Subject Navigation.
  7. Click +Module to create a new module.
  8. Enter a module name (e.g. SCORM Content), then click Add Module.
Add Module
Add Module
  1. Click + icon to add module items.
    Add module item
    Add module item
  2. From the Add dropdown, select File.


    Add File

    Add File
  3. Identify the htm or html file(s) you uploaded in Step 8, then click Add Item.

Tip: To select multiple files, hold ‘Ctrl’ on your keyboard until you have selected all desired htm or html files.

Select htm or html files
Select htm or html files
  1. All selected files appear in your newly created Module. You have the option to rename each item. Click Edit.
    Edit item title
    Edit item title
  2. Overwrite Title and click Update.
    Edit item details
    Edit item details
  3. Click any item to view the SCORM content (learning resource).
View SCORM content
View SCORM Content

This guide was last updated 04 Mar 2020.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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