Between e-learning platforms, learning management systems (LMS) and learning experience platforms (LXP / LEP), the right corporate e-learning solution often depends on your target audience and learning objectives. Let’s take a look:
E-learning is electronic learning and uses web-based training tools to deliver a course syllabus online. E-learning platforms can be free or paid, simple or complex, with all the benefits you’d expect of asynchronous virtual training. Check out our platform, Shootsta Learn, for an example of how to do e-learning that structures course materials, while keeping content free and simple for audiences to access. E-learning platforms are the easiest execution of the three online corporate training solutions.
E-learning platform examples include:
- LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Skillshare, Udemy for Business
Learning management systems (LMS) are, like e-learning platforms, a way to deliver asynchronous training, with two main differences: often used by HR, they also house content for onboarding or compliance training – and as a result, contain explicit completion and / or assessment processes to track employee learning. LMS tools are also used by learning and development teams to manage not only hard upskilling, but other soft skills like leadership, conflict resolution for tough conversations, innovation etc.
Learning management system examples include:
- Absorb LMS, Mindflash, SAP Litmos LMS, Docebo, Instructure Bridge LMS, Moodle, Harvard ManageMentor, Adobe Captivate Prime
Learning experience platforms (LXP) are different from an LMS in that they’re learner-directed vs. trainer-mandated. Whereas an LMS can be rigid and lack freedom of choice (fine for compulsory training), an LXP as a tool for professional development is far more personalised. Training is goal-based and focused on impact, specific to an employee’s role, development areas and interests. This learning is dynamic, forgoing traditional chronological methods of sequential modules, encouraging users to jump in and out of subjects in the moment as they arise i.e. learning by doing. By tailoring individual learning experiences, these flexible learning paths offer far better engagement. On top of these benefits, LXPs also tend to leverage gamification, with leaderboards, points, badges and certifications – which all make learning more interactive and fun.
Learning experience platform examples include:
- Degreed, Howspace, Valamis, Docebo