While e-learning is relatively new, it seems the AICC vs. SCORM debate is already an age-old question. Both protocols have their place in content creation and delivery. Below are some of the key differences between the two and some guidelines about which to use and when.
The Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC) standard uses the HTTP AICC Communication Protocol (HACP) to foster communication between an existing learning management system (LMS) and the developed course content. The HACP methodology is rather straightforward, using an HTML form to transmit information to and from the LMS. AICC was first developed in 1993 for CD-ROM delivery methods, and in 1998 was adapted for web-based e-learning.
SCORM is the predominantly used method in the e-learning industry today. Ease of use is often cited as the most significant advantage regarding SCORM, which can be as simple as uploading a .zip file to a server. SCORM-compliant e-learning has several other advantages as well. It is best used when developers need to: