Rise: Exceeding SCORM Suspend Data Limits

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The suspend_data element for a Rise SCORM course tells the learning management system (LMS) where you left off when exiting the course and lets you resume later in the same place without having to start over.

Rise compresses suspend data, which means it isn't likely you'll exceed the suspend data limits imposed by some LMSs. However, if you do, the following information will help you fix it.

Data Limits

The official SCORM standards use these character limits for the suspend_data element:

StandardCharacter Limit
SCORM 1.24,096
SCORM 2004 2nd Edition4,000
SCORM 2004 3rd Edition64,000
SCORM 2004 4th Edition64,000

Rise doesn't put limits on suspend data (also known as resume data). Many LMSs don't enforce suspend data limits either, but some do.

Solutions

To overcome the unfortunate limits imposed by earlier versions of SCORM, Rise compresses suspend data. As a result, you probably won't exceed the threshold, even if your LMS imposes one. (Note: Because suspend data is compressed to allow for more robust storage, the suspend_data string in an LMS debug log isn't human-readable. That is, you won't be able to decipher it.)

If you have a large course that exceeds suspend data limits, try shortening the course or splitting it into smaller modules. Or, export your course for SCORM 2004 3rd Edition or 4th Edition, both of which support much longer suspend data.