e-Learning Standards

CourseAvenue's software was designed from the ground up to easily integrate into most modern Learning Management Systems (LMS). Courses can be published in standards-conformant formats including AICC, SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004. Our technology also provides features for development of Section 508 e-Learning content.

Technical Standards Defined

Technical standards were created to govern how e-Learning content and Learning Management Systems communicate with each other. The primary benefit of these standards is interoperability. Courses that are developed to be standards-conformant integrate easily into LMSs that are compliant with the same standards.

History of e-Learning Standards

The Department of Defense (DOD) established the ADL Initiative in 1997 to standardize and modernize training and education management and delivery. The ADL Initiative created an international community to collaboratively develop a cost-effective distributed learning model that is consistent across national and organizational borders. To achieve this goal, ADL worked with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-based Training) Committee (AICC), the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc., and the Alliance of Remote Instructional Authoring & Distribution Networks for Europe (ARIADNE). These organizations develop guidelines and specifications that make learning software accessible, interoperable, durable, and reusable.


The Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC) is a nonprofit, membership-driven consortium dedicated to helping the training community get the most out of training technology. AICC brings together trainers, courseware developers, software vendors, simulator designers and airframe manufacturers to develop standards, technology recommendations and analysis of best practices.

The term "AICC Compliant" means that a training product complies with one or more of the 9 AICC Guidelines & Recommendations (AGR's). The most common meaning of "AICC compliance" is compliance with the AICC documents AGR-006 (File-based CMI Systems) or AGR-010 (Web-based CMI Systems). These AGRs define the communication between the Learning Management Systems and the courseware.

[Read more at www.aicc.org]


The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) integrates a set of related technical standards, specifications, and guidelines designed to meet requirements including accessibility, interoperability, durability, and reusability of content and systems.

SCORM content can be delivered to your learners via any SCORM-conformant Learning Management System (LMS) using the same version of SCORM.

SCORM is produced by ADL, a research group sponsored by the United States Department of Defense. Since its establishment in 1997, ADL has worked with military and government agencies, industry, academia, and professional organizations world-wide to accomplish its mission and realize its vision that learning experiences must be accessible to all online and on demand.

[Read more at www.adlnet.gov]

Section 508 Standards

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 of that act requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use EIT, Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

The standards define the types of technology covered and set forth provisions that establish a minimum level of accessibility. They also provide technical specifications and performance-based requirements, which focus on the functional capabilities of covered technologies.

Certain provisions are designed to ensure compatibility with adaptive equipment people with disabilities commonly use for information and communication access, such as screen readers, Braille displays, and TTYs.

[Read more at www.section508.gov]

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