SCORM is an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. The Sharable Content Object part of the term refers to the units of online learning material the learning management system (LMS) intends to impart to learners. In essence, the “SCOs” are the building blocks of digital instruction.
Simply put, SCORM is a standard that ensures instructional content will link with and appear correctly within the LMS if both the instructional content and the LMS are SCORM compliant. Therefore, if an LMS provider labels its product as SCORM compliant, users are assured that the selected LMS will integrate with the SCORM-compliant content creation platform used to develop the courses.
This is an abridged version of the SCORM definition. For a comprehensive look at SCORM, see the full definition.