Learning and Development is an industry that loves acronyms – for learning platforms alone we’ve got LMS, LXP, IOL, SEP... the list goes on and on. The distinction between them is a bit hazy, but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to Learning Management System (LMS) and Learning Experience Platform (LXP or LEP), the two key differences are 1. who controls the content and 2. who controls the learning journey.
Let’s review the key differences in more detail and why they matter.
The benefits of ‘Push Learning’ or LMS
Consistency of learning Delivering your course through an LMS keeps the content centralized so all the students have a single source of content, instructions, and questions. No excuses of old books or last year’s material. Everybody is up to date.
Compliance learning For a lot of organisations, it’s mandatory for employees to be regularly retrained on organisational codes of conduct and industry regulations or compliances. That can be a time-intensive and costly exercise using traditional training methods, and a monotonous chore for employees. Thankfully, the adoption of LMSs for corporate and compliance training, has made these issues far easier to overcome. When your company’s reputation and well-being is on the line, you don’t want to take chances on employees forgetting or neglecting their compliance training. However, ensuring everyone (organisation-wide) is up to date on their responsibilities isn’t easy – even if it is essential to prevent potentially expensive litigation. Learn more about delivering collaborative learning.
Easy tracking & reporting With an LMS you can easily track the progress of your learners. You can see at a glance who finished the course, who is halfway and who didn't even start.
Create engaging courses You can easily combine text, images, video and quizzes in a learning management system. Which you Through the use of more engaging material your learners will keep their focus and learn more. Better results through engagement and gamification Because the learning material is more engaging, users will learn more. Using gamification in an LMS also keeps your users interested and challenged either as one individual or competing against departments, markets or peers.
Keep your courses up-to-date Is there some new knowledge? A change in the content? Or do some parts of your course need some more in-depth material? Just add it for you next course.
Easy distribution You can distribute the course content just as easy as sending an email. Just upload your users in the LMS and invite them by email. Or copy-paste the url of the course and send an email through your mail client.
The benefits of ‘Pull Learning’ or LXP
More organic approach Pull learning feels more natural, and it puts the learner at the centre of the experience.
Mimicking consumer platforms A good learner experience platform mimics popular consumer platforms, such as YouTube etc so that the system learns and understands the content they want to see, and the skills they want to learn.
Create engagement within the organisation The self-selection learning allows learners to access any type of course content, regardless of the relevance to their current role. This helps improve career direction changes
Both push and pull learning strategies have their uses; most learners aren’t going to look for compliance training without some administrator interference. Inducing learners to interact with training content on their own has cultural and organisational benefits. There is no right answer to whether a learning management system or learning experience system is a better tool, since that question hinges on a given organisation’s goals.
But why do we have to make a choice between the two? The lines between LMS and LXP are starting to blur.
Redware’s empowered LMS is an administrator led system but combines features from both types of learning platform. This enables an organisation to personalise essential compliance and mandatory training according to a learner - yet provides the learner with the ability to comment, share and upload content, (mimicking social platforms), enhancing their learner engagement alongside benefitting peers, groups and organisational communities.
For more information about empowered’s features click here