How can I tell what version and edition of SCORM a SL file was published in? (published for LMS)


I inherited several courses from a previous employee. We just moved to a new LMS and some are not working. I have the zip files but not the original story file. Is there a way to tell which version and edition of SCORM he published them in? I'm trying to figure out if that's the problem.

I couldn't find a thread on this so maybe it's not been a problem for others. I hope that means there's an easy answer and I just don't know it. ;)

Thanks for any help!

7 Replies
Joshua Dunbar

Hey Shannon! You would want to unzip the SCORM packages and look at the root folder for the file imsmanifest.xml. Open this file with either TextEdit (Mac) or Notepad (Windows). Within the first couple lines, you'll see the SCORM version. 

- SCORM 1.1 you should see the tags <model> </model> and indication that it is 1.1

- SCORM 1.2 you should see the tags <schema></schema> and between them 1.2

- SCORM 2004 you should see the tags <schemaversion></schemaversion> and 1.3 or 3rd edition // 4th edition

Hope that helps! 


Katherine Boicos

Hi Joshua, 

These are great instructions, thank you for sharing! I've reviewed the imsmanifest.xml file for a SCORM file that isn't working in our new LMS (but was working in our previous LMS) and I received the following results.

<schema>ADL SCORM</schema>

Does the "ADL" reference mean it's a different type than the standard SCORM 1.2 file type? This is getting a bit technical and I'm at a loss as to why it's not loading in the new LMS, which is SCORM 1.2 compliant. 

Thanks in advance!

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Katherine.

For SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004, the metadata will show <schema>ADL SCORM</schema>, so that's a standard SCORM 1.2 file.

If you're having issues with a specific project, we recommend testing your course with SCORM Cloud. Check out this step-by-step article!

If your course works as expected in SCORM Cloud, then I would advise you to reach out to your LMS for more information on their recommended settings.

If you still see the same behavior in SCORM Cloud, the next step would be to open a support case here, so we can take a closer look at your settings.

Let me know if this works!

Katherine Boicos

Hi Maria,

Thank you for your guidance - this is great!

I've never used SCORM Cloud before - do they have stringent privacy procedures? The SCORM file I have is work-related and I wouldn't want it to be shared in a public forum. I tried looking on their website, but couldn't find much re: privacy.

Thanks in advance!