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Difference between an LMS and LCMS

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Difference between an LMS and LCMS

Many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees and that is where they need a Learning Management System (LMS) – to track and monitor learning activities. But then there are some other software platforms that help in creating, editing and managing content that are called Learning Content Management System (LCMS).

Many prospects when they write to us sharing their eLearning hosting requirements, say that need an LCMS or sometimes share that they are looking for an LMS to develop their courses in the LMS itself, which is not possible.

So if we have to choose the right system that can match the requirements, we need to be clear of what an LMS is and what an LCMS is. Let’s see more about them.

Learning management system (LMS):

Learning management system is a web-based technology used to plan, implement and track the learning content. It is a centralized system for an organization to deliver training programs. LMS includes user registration, tracking the score and recording the data from the learners; we can also generate reports for analysis purpose. LMS is learner-centric and doesn’t have its own authoring capabilities to create the content; rather it will manage the content developed by various sources.

Learning management system (LMS)

Learning Content Management System (LCMS):

Learning Content Management System is a web-based technology used to create, manage and maintain the learning content. Content includes audio, video, graphics, written text that will make your courses fully customizable. LCMS also has the capability to store the content and retrieve older versions whenever required. In LCMS, we can create learning objects that can be reused. Word or PowerPoint files, PDF files, audio and video are some of the reusable learning objects.

Learning Content Management System (LCMS)

Let us explore some of their capabilities to understand the difference between LMS and LCMS

LMS LCMS
Primary target users Training managers, Instructors, and Administrators Content developers, Instructional Designers and Training Managers
Primary management Learners Learning content
Mainly used for management of classroom and instructor-led trainings Yes, (but not always, in few cases) No
Reports generation of trainings Primary focus Secondary focus
Learner collaboration Yes Yes
Keeping learner profile data Yes No
Sharing learner data with an ERP system Yes No
Event scheduling Yes No
Competency mapping – skill gap analysis Yes Yes, (In a few cases)
Content-creation capabilities No Yes
Organizing reusable content No Yes
Creation of test questions and test administration Yes Yes
Dynamic pre-testing and adaptive learning No Yes
Workflow tools to manage the content development process No Yes
Delivery of content with navigational controls and learner interface No Yes

Source: janetclarey.com

Organizations may need one centralized system like an LMS to monitor and organize the training programs or LCMS to create, develop and monitor training content. But they should be careful while analyzing the need and choosing the system. Hope this blog was useful to you. Do share if you wish to add to the list of differences.

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