Rich Content in Teams? For little cash? No Problem!

I’ve seen a number of companies recently, focus on providing Microsoft Teams apps to embed rich, interactive content into Teams. The obvious content being SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model). It’s a heck of a mouthful but it’s only ever referred to as SCORM 🙂

This being a popular thing at the moment, I thought it might be useful to explore how we can do something similar ourselves for little, if any money (gasp).

Basically, SCORM allows us to build activities, complex learning objects etc. with lots of lovely, meaningful interaction and then export it in a way that it can be hosted, for example, in a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) or a website. In order for us to track, let’s say, student completion of an assessment object we’d made, we would have to embed it into a VLE but if we just want our learners to explore our SCORM content, it can simply be treated like a bunch of HTML files and hosted in a website.

I know what some of you will be thinking – “YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT OF SCORM!” I understand this but content exported as SCORM can happily sit in a web folder and be interacted with, without being connected to an LMS (Learning Management System). We can then, if we need to at a later date, embed it into our VLE for tracking, marking etc.

Okay, hopefully the above argument I’ve had with myself hasn’t muddied the water so back to Teams. Behold, the below image!

A module page in Microsoft Teams

Here, some module content has been created using a e-learning system (Adapt Builder in this case), exported (as SCORM but I could have just gone with HTML pages).

Once the content has been created, it was simply stored in some web-space. All we need to do next is grab the hyperlinks that point to the materials.

Back in our Team, we just click the + symbol to add a new tab and specify Website (see image below).

We can then provide the website tab with the addresses (hyperlinks) of our lovely content (see below).

Once we click Save, the content would then display for our learners to interact with.

Anyway, certainly food for thought if you’re thinking of reusing some of your existing digital content in your shiny new Teams.

Thanks for reading, do get in touch with any questions,

K.

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