I attended a session on SCORM today — which I think of as “XML for Educators.” The big goal seems to be to make learning “objects” reusable. Whether it’s too complex or too abstract for adoptability is, I believe, a good question.
SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) is about to morph into yet another mouthful-acronym. It has roots in the Department of Defense, Boeing and Airbus.
See more at Cover Pages, RH Associates overview and Advanced Distributed Learning.
The standard has been designed for content authoring vendors. It feels like SGML — something designed for really large institutions — not like HTML — something designed with ease of entry in mind.