LMS vs LXP

We take a look at what the difference is between a learning management system, or LMS, and a learning experience platform, or LXP.

LMS vs LXP

We take a look at what the difference is between a learning management system, or LMS, and a learning experience platform, or LXP.

LMS vs LXP

Learning management systems have played a key role in the learning and development strategies of larger organisations for the last 30 years. However, the landscape of L&D is evolving. The development of learning experience platforms is changing how we approach corporate learning.

So, what does that mean for your learning and development programme? What are the differences, benefits and functions of an LMS and LXP, and most importantly which approach will help to achieve business success?

Here we’ll outline the two terms, what they mean, what is their purpose and what it might mean for your organisation.

What is an LMS?

A learning management system, or LMS, is a software system designed for the administration, delivery, tracking and management of formal online learning.

LMS systems are a popular and efficient way of delivering mandatory training, such as compliance training. Learners log into the platform and can easily access all courses assigned to them, and the completion is reported back to administrators who can track levels of compliance across sites, identify skills gaps and manage online learning.

Essentially, the company controls what learning content is delivered to the team member, who is then required to complete it.

An LMS system forms a hugely important part of most organisations’ learning and development strategy, especially in sectors where there is a lot of mandatory training to complete in relation to things like health and safety, age-related sales and other compliance training.

Another advantage is that you can use the platform to develop skills and product training and use custom courses to build the company ethos and even lay out career pathway programmes to help learners develop over time.

What is an LXP?

A learning experience platform, or LXP, is a software that allows team members to navigate their own learning and development journey.

LXPs utilise a mix of different forms of content – from blogs, podcasts, webinars and collates them so learners can pick and choose what interests them. There is usually a bigger focus on user-driven content, content curation and Netflix-style suggested content to help guide self-directed learning.

Businesses benefit from higher engagement with content and can gather insight into what is motivating teams. Learners benefit from a more personalised experience and are encouraged to share content they have found helpful which drives more engagement throughout the business.

AI driven, an LXP system will continue to be engaging over time, as the interface is similar to popular consumer platforms that learners understand and can find content relevant to them.

LMS vs LXP

Learning management systems have played a key role in the learning and development strategies of larger organisations for the last 30 years. However, the landscape of L&D is evolving. The development of learning experience platforms is changing how we approach corporate learning.

So, what does that mean for your learning and development programme? What are the differences, benefits and functions of an LMS and LXP, and most importantly which approach will help to achieve business success?

Here we’ll outline the two terms, what they mean, what is their purpose and what it might mean for your organisation.

What is an LMS?

A learning management system, or LMS, is a software system designed for the administration, delivery, tracking and management of formal online learning.

LMS systems are a popular and efficient way of delivering mandatory training, such as compliance training. Learners log into the platform and can easily access all courses assigned to them, and the completion is reported back to administrators who can track levels of compliance across sites, identify skills gaps and manage online learning.

Essentially, the company controls what learning content is delivered to the team member, who is then required to complete it.

An LMS system forms a hugely important part of most organisations’ learning and development strategy, especially in sectors where there is a lot of mandatory training to complete in relation to things like health and safety, age-related sales and other compliance training.

Another advantage is that you can use the platform to develop skills and product training and use custom courses to build the company ethos and even layout career pathway programmes to help learners develop over time.

What is an LXP?

A learning experience platform, or LXP, is a software that allows team members to navigate their own learning and development journey.

LXPs utilise a mix of different forms of content – from blogs, podcasts, webinars and collates them so learners can pick and choose what interests them. There is usually a bigger focus on user-driven content, content curation and Netflix-style suggested content to help guide self-directed learning.

Businesses benefit from higher engagement with content and can gather insight into what is motivating teams. Learners benefit from a more personalised experience and are encouraged to share content they have found helpful which drives more engagement throughout the business.

AI driven, an LXP system will continue to be engaging over time, as the interface is similar to popular consumer platforms that learners understand and can find content relevant to them.

Benefits of a LMS  LXP

Learning Management System - LMS

Auditable

Great for storing training records, appraisals, and other administration

Scalable

Efficient training delivery on a wide scale

Trackable

Data gives insight into tangible concepts such as completion rates, compliance scores and skills gaps

Reporting

LMS features include easy-to-use reporting tools

Compliance

Management of mandatory compliance and health and safety training

Push Content

Administrators control the content that is delivered

Learning Experience Platform - LXP

Social Learning

Encourages sharing and collaborative learning amongst team members

Self Directed

Learners can develop their own learning pathway

Engagement

Personalised content in many forms that adapts to the learner leads to higher engagement

Development

Retain talent in your organisation through personalised career pathways

Learner Experience

Netflix-style interface is a familiar way to interact with recommended content

Pull Content

Learners choose the content based on their interests, skills and personal goals

Benefits of a LMS  LXP

Learning Management System - LMS

Auditable

Great for storing training records, appraisals, and other administration

Scalable

Efficient training delivery on a wide scale

Trackable

Data gives insight into tangible concepts such as completion rates, compliance scores and skills gaps

Reporting

LMS features include easy-to-use reporting tools

Compliance

Management of mandatory compliance and health and safety training

Push Content

Administrators control the content that is delivered

Learning Experience Platform - LXP

Social Learning

Encourages sharing and collaborative learning amongst team members

Self Directed

Learners can develop their own learning pathway

Engagement

Personalised content in many forms that adapts to the learner leads to higher engagement

Development

Retain talent in your organisation through personalised career pathways

Learner Experience

Netflix-style interface is a familiar way to interact with recommended content

Pull Content

Learners choose the content based on their interests, skills and personal goals

Which one for my business?

There are benefits to both learning systems, which is why our platform blends the two. You can build a software solution that fits your business needs and can offer the robust tracking and reporting platform that delivers mandatory onboarding and training programmes as well as the ability to engage learners and help them develop in their career.  

Which one for my business?

There are benefits to both learning systems, which is why our platform blends the two. You can build a software solution that fits your business needs and can offer the robust tracking and reporting platform that delivers mandatory onboarding and training programmes as well as the ability to engage learners and help them develop in their career.  

Introducing Campus

Our brand-new learning experience platform offers a more intuitive and personalised experience to team members while still delivering all the tools, data insights and training resources you need from an LMS.

Campus comes with a host of new features, improved tools and customisable widgets to create a platform that works for you.

Get in touch

If you’d like to discuss your learning and development needs in more detail then get in touch with a member of the team today.