Deciding which Release mode is right for your Project

There are four different types of Release that you can create with Elucidat. This article briefly introduces each release mode, the benefits for using each one and our recommendations:

SCORM package for Learning Management Systems (recommended)

This is the release mode we recommend for most Elucidat customers.

Choosing this mode will create a SCORM zip file, this will be emailed to you and will be ready for you to upload directly into your Learning Management System (LMS).

Benefits of using this release mode:

  • You can use the Elucidat re-releasing feature to update content changes within minutes without the need to re-download and re-upload the zip package.
  • Using the SCORM for LMS release mode means you can include our powerful polling feature and clips features to encourage social collaboration and allow your users to see how peers have answered questions in your course.
  • Learner bookmarking (if your LMS allows it) so that learners are easily returned to the place they last visited in the course.
  • The SCORM for LMS release mode passes detailed user insights straight back into the Elucidat analytics interface. This means you can capture heaps of additional analytics right from inside Elucidat, giving you even more detailed insights into how effective your content is and how it's being utilised.

This release mode is most suitable for delivering content via an LMS.

The zip file will include the imsmanifest.xml and launch.html files. All assets such as images, audio and videos are held on the Elucidat servers. This means the content will be served quickly as the file is smaller and can be updated more quickly.

Online Link (recommended)

Choosing this mode will generate a unique URL for you to share with your users allowing them to access your course instantly.

Benefits of using this release mode:

  • You can use the Elucidat re-releasing feature to update content changes within minutes without the need to re-share the original URL with your users.
  • Using the Online Link release means you can include our powerful polling feature and clips features to encourage social collaboration and allow your users to see how peers have answered questions in your course.
  • Learner bookmarking so that learners are easily returned to the place they last visited in the course.
  • Using both Online Link release mode and our learner identification feature, means you'll get detailed user insights sent straight back into the Elucidat analytics interface. This means you can capture heaps of additional analytics right from inside Elucidat, giving you even more detailed insights into how effective your content is and how it's being utilised.
  • Your content is hosted on our servers meaning you don't need to download a file or have an LMS to host your content. The link can easily be shared and also embedded on a webpage via an iFrame to give you even more options for reaching your users.

This release mode is most suitable for customers without an LMS or customers using an LRS.

 

Other release modes:

There are two other release modes which are less commonly used. We'd recommend using one of the above release modes, however, there are two more available when the modes above do not meet your specific needs.

API integration release

This mode allows you to use our API to request a time limited link to launch your course online. This mode is most suitable for customers without an LMS/LRS but still needing to keep content secure. This mode requires that your team has coding skills.

Backup SCORM package

Choosing this mode will create a SCORM zip file which will also include all of your images, audio files and video, this means that the file can be used in an environment without an internet connection or behind a firewall.

This method is most suitable for clients who use an LMS but some users who do not have stable internet connections. The zip package will contain all course files.

Caution: There are some limitations when using this release mode:

Backups do not allow for storage of bookmarking data, analytics data and are not intended for use with our polling feature or clips functionality (if you want to use any of these features, we recommend one of our online release modes).

There is a limit to the size of a course due to the zip containing all course data and assets (unlike our Online SCORM package release mode). For example, Master Courses with a large number of child courses, with videos, might reach the limit. If you receive an error message to this effect, your options are:

  • Use one of our online release modes instead
  • Reduce the size of your course
  • If you are releasing a Master Course and all its child courses in a single file, instead release each child course separately

 

Note: A Backup SCORM will still report to the Elucidat API in order to monitor usage if it is taken in an by a learner who is connected to the internet.
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