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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.
Configuring online learning can take time and resources not all organizations have, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. D2L is assisting with this through a Quick Start Care Package to help organizations rapidly transition to online learning.
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Cornerstone is acquiring Saba, a learning management system, to further invest in its learning offerings and gain reach in the market. With this acquisition, the organization intends to accelerate product development.
Cornerstone acquires Clustree to incorporate AI into its learning solutions. As a result, Cornerstone’s Learning Suite displays deep knowledge of employee skills, which can inform promotions or job changes, areas for learning, and recruiting decisions.
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.