Suspend Data Issues Using SCORM 1.2 and Storyline
Mar 19, 2015
I'm mainly wondering if anyone is experiencing any similar problems with Storyline when publishing for SCORM 1.2.
When I publish as SCORM 1.2 and load it into an LMS that requires SCORM 1.2, my co-workers and I have found that we run into bookmarking issues. Mainly we see these issues in the Test at the end. If you exit the course after finishing the test and then re-run the course, the bookmarking will place you back in the test.
After many hours of testing, we discovered that it appeared to be a suspend data cap issue. SCORM 1.2 allows for only 4k characters in the suspend data where as SCORM 2004 4th Edition allows for 64k characters.
We then started to experiment with Storyline files to see where the bloat of the Suspend Data was coming from. The bloat comes from the test (if you are basing completion off of a score, not off slides viewed). How much bloat you ask? Here are our findings.
We created a test file that contains 3 slides and uses the default Storyline interface.
-Slide 01 is a "content slide." All it contains is text.
-Slide 02 is the question bank. The question bank contains 30 questions but only gives the user 25 to answer. This is also in the default Storyline question template.
-Slide 03 is the results slide. The results slide tracks the question bank on slide 02.
-Published as SCORM 1.2, Reporting: Passed/Failed, Tracking: Using quiz results (Results Slide).
*All Suspend Data will be referenced by character count. (e.g. Suspend Data = 100 means Suspend Data = 100 Characters)
*Data was gathered using Google Chrome's developer tools.
Slide 01 Suspend Data Generated = 18
Slide 02 Suspend Data Generated (25 Questions) = 2,819
Slide 03 Suspend Data Generated (Results Slide) = 108
Average Suspend Data per question = 112.8
Total Suspend Data for the Course = 2,945
As you can see, the Test generates the bloat of the suspend data. Also, remember our suspend data cap of 4k? This means that a default Storyline Test with 25 questions generates over half the allotted Suspend Data cap for SCORM 1.2.
Which brings me to my question. Has anyone else experienced any issues publishing SCORM 1.2 using Storyline? Problems with bookmarking or with scores being recorded incorrectly?