We've just recently installed a 2.3 sandbox. I was eager to try out the new alias feature when adding a file. I'm still trying to fully understand repositories and how to manage them. Anyway, it seems that when adding a SCORM package activity I cannot alias the SCO file. I can locate the file in the repository but I think it gets copied to the course. I'd like to maintain a central repositroy of SCO's. My searches turned up results related to SCORM or AICC servers. I'm not familiar with how these work. So I have two questions.
If I create a SCORM activity and the SCO is hosted on a server, is the SCO file still copied into the course or is it "linked"?
If the SCO can be linked then I might be interested in creating a SCORM server. Can someone point me to a resource for learning how to do that?
you might be the first to try it with SCORKM in 2.3.
it will have to download the zip and extract it locally to work - but it should maintain the link to the external zip - if you set the auto-update setting it will update the locally stored version based on the frequency you set.
You could set up a repository of SCORM zip files using any of the existing Repository plugins.
I want to make certain that I understand this. So there is no way for an alias to work with a SCORM package, it's always going to unpack a copy just for that activity which will make the backups for those courses quite large.
well... backups are different - they are supposed to be fully self-contained to allow you to restore them so they will include the package. There are also other methods of linking to your SCORM package where the file sits outside your Moodle site and in those cases the backup file will only include the reference to the file. look at the docs/settings/contextual help for more info.
"Previously, if a file was used in different courses, it was duplicated. In Moodle 2.0, files are stored only once, saving disk space." - this doesn't apply to course backup files (unless you copy the exact same course backup file into another course)
I'd suggest everybody in need to alias SCORM packages vote for it.
Four our part, we have hundreds of SCORM packages that we have to regularly modify. We uplaod them trough FTP but lacking a possibility to alias the files we need to open every single activity to update the SCORM package. Aliassing SCORM packages would be a major time saver.