Adapt: a free and responsive elearning framework

Melissa Milloway | November 11, 2016

A few weeks ago I noticed that a friend and colleague in the field created a plugin for Adapt. I had heard of Adapt before but never thought to give it a try.

Adapt is free and open source. There is an authoring tool (which I don’t cover in this post) and a framework both for creating responsive e-learning.

Note: I know I said it already but please be aware I am not covering the e-learning authoring tool. I am covering the framework which allows you to edit more code.

Adapt’s package outputs as SCORM 1.2 but it looks hopeful that xAPI might be on it’s way. There did seem to be an xAPI plugin for it.

While using Adapt might not be the most intuitive for non devs, it’s worth trying it out and building your skills. Don’t play it safe, try to edit things, fail, and pick back up. You’ll learn it. As Kim Komando always says, “And nothing even blew up!”

So, what’s all the fuss? Why should both Designers and Developers check it out?

You can check out tons of examples of courses built with the Adapt Authoring Tool and Framework here.

To quote Vanilla Sky, “Just remember, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour, and I know the sour.”

Getting the Adapt Framework installed isn’t super duper intuitive but I taught myself a lot about using the Command Prompt.

All of the learning I picked up in installing it made it a very sweet experience.

Here’s how I installed the Framework (probably not 100% correct but it worked.) This is a Windows example.


I don’t cover too much on editing, such as really customising what’s on the page, because I haven’t gotten into it yet.

Check out as I go through editing colours and text.

See what I changed here, including colours, font style, and making the titles on all pages bold.

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Published files?

The folder with your SCORM 1.2 files will be titled build. Simply zip the folder and load it onto your LMS like you would any other zipped course.

This post was written by Melissa Milloway and originally appeared on LinkedIn: Here’s an e-learning framework that is free and responsive