DECP 05: Developing e-Content
The SCORM Content Aggregation Model
(iii) Content Packaging
A content package bundles content objects (assets and SCOs) or aggregations of content objects together with a content organization. A SCORM content package may represent a course, lesson, and module or may simply be a collection of related objects. The manifest, an essential part of all SCORM Content Packages is similar in many ways to a “packing slip”. It lists the contents of the package and may include an optional description of the content structure. The content packaging component is a standard format for packaging the final SCO for electronic transfer. SCORM uses a standard file format, Package Interchange File (PIF), to package the SCO, at the root of this package must reside an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) file, which describes the contents of the package and how to access and structure its contents in the target system.
Content needs to be packaged due to the following reasons; firstly, many e-Learning contents are now being created in the form of learning objects, which need to be assembled in order to form a coherent e-Learning course. Secondly, e-Learning contents need to be stored in digital repositories so that they can be made accessible to as many students and across many dispersed areas. Thirdly, there is a need to address the reusability of the course materials.