Dear SAP community!
Long-long ago I wrote about how to integrate SAP Workforce Performance Builder with SAP Solution Manager to support end users better and create learning content rapidly and conveniently for all participants in this process. We stopped on using SAP Solution Manager Learning maps for end users onboarding and support. Unfortunately, I didn’t mentioned those, who are using SAP Learning Solution (SAP xLSO) for training and development needs in a company. In this short blog post I’ll explain how learning materials (based on process map from Solution Manager) could be directly published into SAP Learning Solution (bypassing SAP LSO Authoring Environment) to build and automatize the process of end users training and support. Yes, with WPB you do not need to perform steps: export content to SCORM, upload SCORM to LSO Authoring Environment. Developed content will flow to SAP LSO directly from WPB Producer.
So, let’s start.
At the beginning in SAP Workforce Performance Builder preferences under trainer – Global/Tracking (General) we must choose an environment that would be tracking course progress and completion. For LSO without any EhP installed or with EhP version less than 4, we must choose SCORM 1.2. If EhP version is 4 or higher we can choose SCORM 2004. If you are going to use SCORM packages, generated by WPB, in any other LMS system, choosing tracking back end is mandatory.
To enable trouble-free communication with LMS system deactivate option Fullscreen for courses based on WPB books and projects in modes: Demo Mode, Practice Mode, Test Mode, Concurrent Mode.
On the next step, we need to check and set up options of tracking course completion and progress in tab Tracking (SCORM). E.g. for Practice Mode we would choose tracking option «Only progress», cause in that mode we need to know if learner passed course from start to finish. Course will be scored as passed only after it completion in Test Mode.
After pressing the «Add» button in the first and second section of new Publishing Rule, you must put values in these mandatory fields:
- (Publishing Rule) Name (e.g., LSO Direct Publish);
- Type (SAP Learning Solution);
- Start from (current project);
- (SCORM) Version. For LSO without any EhP installed or with EhP version less than 4, we must choose SCORM 1.2. If EhP version is 4 or higher we can choose SCORM 2004.
In the section SAP Learning Solution, we need to fill in information about SAP LSO where we are going to publish course in SCORM format.
Learning Net Type – SCORM package ID, which is stored in LSO. To generate new unique ID simply press the button «Generate».
Repository URL – URL of SAP LSO content server, where all the content is stored. To find out this address is very simple. Login into your SAP LSO system, execute SPRO transaction (if you have permission 🙂 ), than follow this path: Training and Event Management – SAP Learning Solution – Content Management – Determine Standard Settings. Copy in a clipboard the value in field: «Path to Standard Upload Server». To check if this correct or not, simply paste copied value into internet browser’s address field and press Enter. If URL is correct and Content Server is working, you would see something looking like this:
Content Path – path on Content Server, where you want to publish your SCORM package. In our case we shall use /wpb/Test as a path.
If load balancing is used for SAP LSO, the final settings would look like this:
If load balancing is not used, final settings would look like that:
To start publishing process click «Publish» button. After that, you will see a window asking you to enter your login and password to LSO Content Server where SCORM package would be stored. Then another window will appear asking for user login/password to SAP LSO system with permission to upload content. When upload process will be finished you can open once again SAP LSO Content repository in browser and your published course in target folder would look like this.
All steps on WPB side done. To make our SCORM package visible to SAP LSO learners, we must perform routine actions for transforming it to one of LSO content types, e.g. Web Course. For this login into SAP LSO, where we have just published our SCORM package from WPB, and execute LSO_PVCT transaction.
On Course Type Content tab, we will bind our web-based training with an uploaded SCORM package. Activate field Content Type and execute search in content repository.
When you will find in the search results your uploaded SCORM Package, double click on it to choose and bind. In this case we have found our SCORM by name that we had given to project earlier in WPB («Test Project»).
All mandatory actions done. We just need to save our new course in SAP LSO. From this moment, our course is available for booking on Learner’s portal. Therefore, we simplified and automatized the process of course import but the highest pilotage is in binding our courses for end users of various IT-systems implemented in company to SAP LSO qualifications catalogue and positions. This approach can significantly reduce efforts to onboard new employees, support them and maintain appropriate level of knowledge (qualifications can expire and «refreshing» learning will automatically be
End to end video of direct publishing process: