Converting PowerPoint to SCORM is now free…

Update: It seems that this feature has been removed from the latest build !

Microsoft seems to be shaking the world of e-learning authoring tools. After announcing Office Mix, a free plugin for PowerPoint 2013 that adds screen recording, voice-over and cam recording to PowerPoint, it now seems to have added SCORM export functionalities to the Mix add-in.

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This means that you can create your PowerPoint, record your voice and cam, annotate the presentation, and then publish it to your favorite LMS using the SCORM export function. It must be dark times for the competitors, as Microsoft suddenly has an e-learning authoring tool installed on almost every pc…

Below you find an example of the output, by the Master himself.

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13 thoughts on “Converting PowerPoint to SCORM is now free…”

  1. I cannot load my mix as a SCORM. Blackboard gives me an error message – a pop up window also explains I do not have access to content. Please advise.
    Thank you

  2. Hi Cecilia,

    I tried uploading a Mix SCORM in several LMSes, and that seems to work fine. I also tried in SCORM Cloud (cloud.scorm.com) and I have no issues there, which in general means that there is nothing wrong with the scorm package.
    Can you elaborate on the error message you get? I’m not really a Blackboard specialist…

    Jan

  3. Hi Jan Van B,
    I am also having the same issue as Cecilia in blackboard learn 9.1. This is what happens,
    1. Export item presentation from powerpoint as SCORM,
    2. In blackboard’s content builder, add “COntent Package (SCORM)” and go through all options and submit.
    3. Go to play SCORM item, popup shows up as NOT FOUND in big red.

    There is nothing special about this presentation except a few questions and youtube links. If you have any suggestions it would be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Godwin

  4. I had the same problem as the others here when trying to upload a Mix SCORM to Bb. Haven’t been able to track down the source of the problem yet (which led me here). My SCORM module didn’t fare too well in cloud.scorm.com, however … presentation was covered with the pause / play button throughout, and the interactive elements (I embedded a poll and a quiz) didn’t launch. Leaves me wondering if the SCORM export is maybe incomplete …

  5. Hey Russel,

    thanks for sharing your experiences. I don’t know about the pause/play button issue, but the interactive elements are anyway NOT working/supported in the SCORM export, as far as I know.

  6. my problem is the time for each slide. it seems to be fixed, I can’t custom it. could you please help me on that?

  7. Giorgi, it seems that the normal PowerPoint slide timings are not taken into account by Mix. However, if you run through your presentation via the “Slide Recording” button, the timing is recorded. You don’t need to have audio and video (just select “no microphone” and “no camera” if you dont want it) to use this function.
    Hope this helps.

  8. Hi Jan,
    A couple of queries for you.
    I am a former Articulate user and now have found MIX am delighted.
    I was wondering how i can add a you tube video to the slides?
    also in articulate presenter I can attach resources such as PDF files as part of the slide window.
    Can this be done with Mix
    many thanks

  9. Hello John,

    as always, the answer is “it depends” 🙂
    If you are publishing your PowerPoint to the Office Mix online platform, you can embed a YouTube video in your PowerPoint (just use Insert – Online video) and it will work fine. If you publish to SCORM, I did not get it to work, as the PowerPoint itself is then converted to a video.
    For inserting files, I was not able to do this in the PowerPoint itself. If you are publishing to Office Mix, you could add a hyperlink or a button on your slide, but your file would have then to be hosted somewhere on a webserver so that people can access it and download it.

    Hope this helps.

    Jan

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  11. Hello! Mi name is Fernando Riveros. When I found out that there was a free tool to export Power Point presentations to SCORM I was really excited!! That’s exactly what I was looking for. So, I just installed it and there is no SCORM Export anymore. Is there anyone that can Help me with this approach? Thank you.

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