Resolve Failed SCORM- with Synchronous XMLHttpRequest Error and the Spinning Progress Circle on Scorm Cloud Upload

Background:

I moved my courses to TalentLMS and my FINAL-Exams were all failing to load.  These are large tests with some having 120+ Quiz Pools.  However, even stripping this down to just two Quiz Pool causes the same error in TalentLMS.  The error happens with my old backups from 2012 and my new converted files in CP-2019.   The folks at TalentLMS pointed me to some clues and it is actually three issues that needed to be resolved.

There is a 3+ year old post on this at  https://elearning.adobe.com/discussion/1955077/ and I was having similar problem.

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1831541  I tried the un-minify and it did nothing at all.

This post was provided by TalentLMS and it helped : https://elearning.adobe.com/2018/02/using-captivate-2017-i-cant-publish-html5-nor-preview-can-you-please-help-me-to-fix-it/

TalentLMS uses SCORM1.2 only.

I was dead-in-the-water here on this issue and it is actually several issues.  This seems to be Lazy Loading or some other script-based issue.  The problem for me, is what exactly can I do about it?  The folks at TalentLMS also verified that JSON is enabled and working fine.

NOTE:  I loaded this to CLOUD.SCORM/sandbox and it FAILS.

The Scorm Cloud error, but why?

The Google Chrome Console Error, but why?

Problem 1 – Quiz Pool Names with a Hyphen “

This Pool Name issue has been incorrect in my Captivate projects for years, but I ran Flash files.  Now I am HTML5.  In some cases my Quiz Pools contained a hyphen in the name.  For example, I might have named a Quiz Pool as “Work-Out_and_Problem_Loans” and that hyphen is a no-no.   Note that the naming convention has NO spaces in it, but a hyphen will kill this when you publish to HTML5 in Scorm 1.2.  ADOBE needs to put an edit into the Quiz-Pool Manager screen to catch this and get people to set these up correctly.  Also, the Adobe HELP file topic makes no mention of the proper naming conventions or pitfalls.  This is a terrible problem if you don’t know about it; time to modernize and correct this issue.

When you use the Adobe Scorm-Cloud Preview and you get it uploaded, you will see a spinning circle (hourglass) that will just spin and spin.  That is a good indication that you have a hyphen in one or more Quiz Pool names.

Problem 2 – Quiz Pool names Must Start With Alpha:

Be sure to start your Quiz Pool names with ALPHA and NOT Numeric.  So HELLO_World_12345 is OK, but 12345 as a Quiz Pool Name is NOT OK.  Mine were all Alpha and with NO SPACES (wow, I did something right, even with no documentation or edit warnings from Adobe).

Problem 3 and 4 – The Quiz Question IDs:

These two took forever to find.  The Quiz Questions in my Quiz pools are numbered like 12345 and every question in the pools has a number.  My main setup was also just a number for the entire Object ID.  No big deal, worked fine in Flash.  But in HTML5, it seems that the lazy loader JS file named CPXHRLoader.js has some issues with numbered Quizzes.  The solution seen below was to add a prefix to the main Quiz Object ID and the quiz names.  This was a one-stop fix that did not require me to rename every Quiz in the pools, rather these two items are located at: Edit > Preferences > Quiz > Settings…

A.  Make sure the Object ID stats with Alpha.

B.  Just add a letter like Q (for Question) or type the word Question into the Interaction ID Prefix option.  That got rid of the error messages seen in Chrome in the Console (F12) that you see in the above image.  NOTE:  If you import Quiz Pools into another project, they will come in with the prefix Alpha name as part of the ID Number of the Quiz Pool).

You might still have problems after applying the above and I have one Final Exam that needs to go to Adobe Tech Support because it will not load, but the above items took care of most of the issues that I have encountered.  One last point that got me.  The one Lesson that i was testing the final with for all of the above issues became corrupted and failed.  I uploaded a tested (working perfectly) FINAL Exam from another course and it failed in the Course that I had been testing; a bad Lesson?  So I deleted the Lesson Unit FINAL Exam for that course and added it back, uploaded my SCORM package with the above tweaks and then… All was right with my world!  Just 40 hours of work to figure all of this out, correct the errors and test it.

I would like to see Adobe improve the HELP file documentation on these issues and to add software Edits to correct invalid setup conditions; even if the edits are only warnings.  The HTML5 inspector could also be enhanced to look at some of these issues.

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Jeopardy Widget in Captivate 2017

I am creating a module in Captivate 2017 that includes a jeopardy game. However, when I upload the module to Brightspace LMS (aka D2L) the jeopardy game does not work. Could you please tell me if there is a special way to publish the module so that this game widget works? Everything else is working fine. To publish, I am choosing  Other Standard LMSs and Scorm 1.2.
Thanks for your help with this.

 

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5 Things to Keep in Mind for an Impactful Instructional Design Process

Most organizations will have their own instructional design process which they use to create course materials for their employees. If the developer uses a non-standardized, haphazard way of creating courses, then the quality of training provided to the employees will suffer. Below, we look at five things you need to keep in mind with regard to instructional design processes.

Creating an Instructional Design Document (IDD)

The first thing you need to do is to create an IDD which will specify the approach you will be using to develop the strategy of the learning program. The basic purpose of an IDD is to standardize the entire course, from both visual and instructional perspectives. Without standardization, it would be impossible to create a proper learning program that can be equally accessed and understood by everyone. IDD usually covers every aspect of the course, giving detailed information as to how the curriculum must be structured at every level.

Finalizing the Content

Next, you will need to decide the content of the course. Both audio and text content have to be finalized during this stage. While text content will give you an idea of how the content of the course material will be visually presented in the course, along with the format and fonts, among other elements, deciding the audio content will help in finalizing what the tone and treatment of the course will sound like. Additions like sound effects and background music must also be decided – but not yet added (see ‘Adding Audio’ below).

Creating a Prototype

During the instructional design process, it is necessary to create a prototype once the content has been finalized. A prototype typically contains a few screens that will display the global strategy which you wish to use for the course. Usually, a prototype will include elements such as backgrounds, characters, audio, interactivity, and the like. This phase enables a course developer to focus on and finalize the technical aspects of the course presentation, including branding, image sizes, animation quality, and so on.

Adding Audio

Once the prototype has been approved by the client, you should now move on to the process of adding audio. Make sure that all aspects of the course have been thoroughly checked during approval. If the client points out some changes, then implement those changes, get a second approval, and only then move on to adding audio. If you blindly add audio to the course without getting full approval from the client, and they require you to make some changes to the content of the course, then you may have to redo parts of the audio all over again, which can be a waste of time and money.

Ensuring Compatibility with your Learning Management System (LMS)

Be sure to do a thorough test of the course so as to make it compatible with your LMS. Check if the final quiz or assessment section of the course can be tracked in the LMS. If you find any glitches or other technical issues, get it sorted out and retest the course to ensure that there are no issues.

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Training Industry Inc. yet again lists Adobe as one of the Top 20 Learning Portal/LMS Companies

Hurrah! Adobe Captivate Prime did it again!

We are all excited to let you know that Captivate Prime was retained in the list of top 20 LMSs in the freshly released 2018 list by the Training Industry Inc., one of the most trusted source of information on the business of learning.

You can see the complete list here.

Just like last time, due to the diversity of need, in the learning portal/LMS space, no attempt is made by TI to rank the Top 20.

The selected 2018 Learning Portal/LMS Top 20 Companies demonstrated excellence in many areas, including:

  • Quality of learning portal/LMS user and administrative features
  • Industry visibility, innovation and impact
  • Number and strength of clients
  • Geographic reach
  • Company size and growth potential

In order to be considered for a nomination to a TrainingIndustry.com Top Companies List, participating companies like Skillsoft, Docebo, Litmos, Cornerstone, Totara etc. had submitted a comprehensive application survey which had to concur with the specific requirements.

Congratulations to everyone involved behind this fabulous product and thank you Training Industry for this recognition.

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Adobe Learning Summit – Free Conference Next Week

Hope to see you at Adobe Learning Summit in Las Vegas on October 4th! The event is free and includes sessions from a number of great e-learning and learning technology folks. You can see the full program here and register for free if interested.

I’m teaching a session from 2:30-3:30PM Pacific on October 4th. I’ll be around Vegas all week if anyone feels like having a one on one geek chat. 			</div><!-- .entry-content -->
	    
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Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

In May, I partnered with a continuing education organization to offer a class on how to select a learning technology platform. The session was great in the sense that attendees received continuing education credits – but you had to pay for the class. So I’m teaching it again for free on Thursday, October 11th at 12PM EDT.

Click to Register

The session will be hosted by eLearning Industry and sponsored by Adobe.

The description is below:

Has your organization asked you to select a new learning technology platform or learning management system? Are you feeling overwhelmed?

You aren’t alone. Many learning professionals are asked to evaluate and purchase learning technology, and few of us have the background necessary to handle those tasks. After all, there are several hundred learning technology platforms on the market! Many companies simply choose a vendor that offers a lot of features – and then hope for the best.

The result? You could end up overpaying for features that your organization doesn’t need. Even worse, you may find yourself stuck with a platform that lacks the key functionalities you do need in order to engage learners and manage your learning and development program.

This webinar gives you two “selection processes” to choose from. Either process will help you identify a vendor that suits your organization’s continuing education needs. You can choose the approach that works better for your organization.

You don’t need a fancy LMS consultant or an expensive report to find your learning technology platform. This webinar contains the information you need to do it yourself. After all, there is no one who understands your organization’s needs as well as you do.

In this 60-minute webinar, Katrina Marie Baker will explain how to select the perfect LMS, including how to:

  • Evaluate your organization’s current and future needs relative to an LMS
  • Decide on your top priorities for an LMS
  • Assemble a Request for Proposal (RFP) that you can provide to prospective vendors in order to create a functional comparison
  • Assess multiple vendors fairly and equally to determine which will best serve your organization

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Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

In May, I partnered with a continuing education organization to offer a class on how to select a learning technology platform. The session was great in the sense that attendees received continuing education credits – but you had to pay for the class. So I’m teaching it again for free on Thursday, October 11th at 12PM EDT.

Click to Register

The session will be hosted by eLearning Industry and sponsored by Adobe.

The description is below:

Has your organization asked you to select a new learning technology platform or learning management system? Are you feeling overwhelmed?

You aren’t alone. Many learning professionals are asked to evaluate and purchase learning technology, and few of us have the background necessary to handle those tasks. After all, there are several hundred learning technology platforms on the market! Many companies simply choose a vendor that offers a lot of features – and then hope for the best.

The result? You could end up overpaying for features that your organization doesn’t need. Even worse, you may find yourself stuck with a platform that lacks the key functionalities you do need in order to engage learners and manage your learning and development program.

This webinar gives you two “selection processes” to choose from. Either process will help you identify a vendor that suits your organization’s continuing education needs. You can choose the approach that works better for your organization.

You don’t need a fancy LMS consultant or an expensive report to find your learning technology platform. This webinar contains the information you need to do it yourself. After all, there is no one who understands your organization’s needs as well as you do.

In this 60-minute webinar, Katrina Marie Baker will explain how to select the perfect LMS, including how to:

  • Evaluate your organization’s current and future needs relative to an LMS
  • Decide on your top priorities for an LMS
  • Assemble a Request for Proposal (RFP) that you can provide to prospective vendors in order to create a functional comparison
  • Assess multiple vendors fairly and equally to determine which will best serve your organization

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Articulate Rise – Custom Fonts and Track Using Storyline Block

Here comes two cool features in Articulate Rise – Track completion with a Storyline Block and Custom fonts. Track completion with a Storyline Block: Usually you can track your course in LMS with quizzes, triggers and the number of slides viewed, but now you can track your completion of course with a storyline block. (The…

The Complete Learning Technologist Certificate Program – Coming February 2019

I’ve wanted to put together a learning technologist certification for a long, long time. Well, guess who had the same idea – Training Magazine! And they’re making it happen at Training 2019! Learning geeks will unite in Orlando for our three-day learning technology program February 22-24, 2019. You can register here.

  • Day 1: Creation and Authoring Learning Tools, presented by Jeff Batt
  • Day 2: Multimedia Planning, Tools and Gadgets, presented by Nick Floro
  • Day 3: Delivery and Emerging Technologies, presented by yours truly

I’m going to cover a variety of technologies on day three, in addition to discussing how to select and implement educational technology. And I’ll give you some free goodies to take home with you. Take a look at the program descriptions below and consider joining us at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

The Complete Learning Technologist Certificate Program

Whether you are a designer, developer, manager, facilitator, administrator, or executive, you need to understand what learning technologies are capable of today—and what their promise is for tomorrow. Through demos, hands-on experience, checklists, and rubrics, this program goes beyond identifying the latest shiny training tech objects — and helps you become a well-rounded learning technologist who makes the optimal selection, design, and implementation decisions for your organization.

Day 1 Creation and Authoring Learning Tools; Jeff Batt, Head Trainer, Learning Dojo

Authoring tools change quickly and often, so how do you keep up? We’ll begin by examining the overall principles of development (i.e., elements, properties, behavior). Then, using those principles, we’ll begin our exploration of specific authoring tools. You’ll learn:

  • About the basics of course authoring, regardless of what authoring tool you may be using.
  • How development principles apply to current off-the-shelf tools like Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and more.
  • How to make the appropriate selection for authoring tools.
  • How to learn any new authoring tool.

Day 2: Multimedia Planning, Tools and Gadgets; Nick Floro, Learning Architect, Sealworks Interactive Studios

Looking to bring your skills to the next level? On day two, you will learn how to get started building and designing interactive learning. Learn the finer points, practical skills that you can apply, and best practices for delivering engaging learning. You’ll learn about:

  • Architecting your next project with collaborative tools.
  • Sketching a storyboard from paper to PowerPoint.
  • Improving brainstorming and feedback loops.
  • Creating a prototype with Marvel app.
  • Using Explain Everything App to create animated explainers and promos and to provide feedback.
  • Thinking Outside the Box: 5 activities and concepts to add to your next project.
  • Building an interactive chatbot for learning.
  • Strategies for designing for learning and your audience.

Day 3: Delivery and Emerging Technologies; Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist, Adobe

You’ve spent two days learning how to create engaging training resources. Day three focuses on how to deliver your content using the latest in learning technology and features content from Katrina’s books LMS Success and The LMS Selection Checklist. You will:

  • Define common types of learning technology platforms.
  • Demonstrate how technology can help you engage learners through the use of gamification, mobile learning, social learning, and blended learning elements.
  • Explain how to use reporting and analytics to understand the learner experience.
  • Describe the process to select a new technology platform, including the features and factors you should review with potential vendors.
  • Discuss the process of successfully implementing and maintaining a learning technology platform.
  • Cover best practices that include how to internally market your platform, curate your course catalog and content, and build an effective administrator team.

BONUS! You will walk away with supplemental materials and a free trial of Adobe Captivate Prime.

BYOD:  Please bring a WiFi-enabled laptop with Storyline and Captivate installed (trial versions okay).

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