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LMS vs LXP: What’s the Difference?
In its most basic terms, a learning experience platform (LXP/LEP) sits on top of your learning management system (LMS) to create a better discovery experience for your employees. Think of it as the platform that turns your LMS into (for lack of a better comparison) Netflix.
LMS have been around for the last 25 years, first emerging in the mid-90s. These systems were created for management. They focus on HR needs and were built for business compliance and reporting/analytics, and function to catalog management for formal training courses.
LXP have emerged over the last several years. They focus on making content (courses, blogs, videos) easily searchable, and provide personalized learning experiences based on title, function, previous courses, and career goals. It pushes your LMS to be more than a course catalog or learning library.
LXP are not simple or easy systems to build. Many LMS platforms are looking to build out LXP functionality to compete with the growing LXP market, which is currently valued at over $350M. Currently, organizations need both platforms; however, as the LXP market matures, there is sure to be blurring of the lines between the two.
Over the next few years, the lines between LMS and LXP platforms will continue to blur through mergers and acquisitions, and as LXP firms develop LMS and vice versa. The market will be hyper competitive as most companies will want to simplify and only have one vendor that can do both.
This is the third maintenance release since Sakai 19 was released in spring 2019. Thanks to its open-source community, Sakai is continuously providing fixes, security updates, and improvements to its users.
iSpring expands its product offering with Flora LMS, a subscription-based course-selling platform targeted at business trainers, edupreneurs, and training companies.
Pearson released the results of its Global Learning Survey. This is the first time that Pearson has undertaken such a study to capture the opinions of 11,000 learners across 19 countries. The study uncovered eight key trends indicating a shift to life-long, learner driven education.
Blackboard has announced its partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to launch a new Skill for its flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn. Learners (and their parents) will be able to get information about their profile and coursework simply by asking Alexa.
Absorb LMS has acquired Tampa-based eLogic Learning LMS. This is the second acquisition in its aggressive acquisition growth strategy, following its acquisition of Torch LMS in May.
TalentLMS 4.0 features several new features along with an improved user interface. While none of the new features are game changers, they are marginal improvements that TalentLMS users and administrators will enjoy.
iSpring has released an update that includes three major improvements to its Learn LMS platform. These updates are focused on making the role of admin easier and to cut down on the amount of time spent managing content and user lists.
SumTotal 19.2 is its second release of 2019 and solidifies its focus on creating an end-to-end talent development solution. Its new SumTotal Intelligent Assistant (SIA) is the highlight of the update, providing users the ability to translate web searches and internet content into relevant training content within the SumTotal LMS.
Docebo’s latest product release, Docebo 7.7, increases personalization for enterprise learning and brand identity. The release also includes improved automated content suggestions through its artificial intelligence and course enrollment based on personalized learning paths.