SCORM “student_name” format in Moodle not according to SCORM specs

I use a Moodle platform often for testing SCORM packages, especially because Moodle has a very extensive SCORM debugger.

At a certain point, I got into trouble because the student name (cmi.core.student_name) was in a “weird” format: where the SCORM specifications expect something in the format lastname,firstname, I suddenly got firstname middlename lastname. Because of the missing comma, our LMS no longer managed to distinguish the last name from the first name.

Turns out that there is a new option under Dashboard > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > SCORM package called SCORM standards mode. By default, it is set to No (why o why?) and that causes the format of the student_name to be different.

Moodle: Flash animations suddenly don’t appear

We experienced a serious issue in one of our Moodle platforms. Flash animations that worked before, suddenly did not appear anymore. Instead, a warning message appears stating that the Flash player used is too old.
This issue was caused by a recent upgrade to the platform. For security reasons, a new parameter was added, that forces the Moodle users to upgrade to a specific version of the Flash player.
The default in my Moodle version (1.9.7) was set to version 10.0.12, which is pretty recent. In corporate networks, users often do not have the rights to upgrade the player, so this might cause some problems.
You can set the value to an earlier version, or leave the option blank to disable the checking. The option is called Required Flash Player Version and can be found in Site Administration – Security – HTTP Security.