Captivate publishing, course descriptions, and thanks

Posted by Ed Gipple on Nov 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM

First, thanks to "eLearningLearning" for picking up the previous blog post on Captivate publishing to the LMS. Second thanks goes to our internal SCORM experts (notably Brian K.) on providing clarity on why our LMS does not pick up 'course descriptions' from published Captivate SCOs...where it does pick those up from Articulate SCOs...

"Course Description" is taken from the general/description/string or langstring nodes within the organization’s metadata node. The [metadata] node can be either directly included (organization/metadata/lom) or referenced as an external file by the organization/metadata/adlcp:location node. It should use it in either case – the structure is the same for SCORM 1.2 and 2004.
(note: all  XML nodes here should be encased in < and > but Blogger's not liking that so using [ and ] instead)

For example:
[organization]
       [metadata]
              [lom]
                     [general]
                            [description]
                                   [langstring]
OR
[organization]
       [metadata]
              [adlcp:location] > points to a new file:
                                                      [metadata]
                                                                    [general]
                                                                           [description]

Looking at what should be a 'typical' Captivate file – all this related information is being placed in the [manifest] node, not the [organization] node....which is why our Inquisiq LMS is not picking up that info for the course description when importing the content package.