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09 Nov 2016

Difference between LMS, LCMS, and CMS


What’s the difference between LMS, LCMS, and CMS?
This question often elicits confusion among those shopping for the right software tools for their organization.
In e-Learning, the following platforms are used to deliver course:
·         LMS:   Learning Management System
·         CMS:   Content Management System
·         LCMS: Learning Content Management System




LMS
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.  

Most LMS’es supports SCORM packages that are created using elearning tools like Articulate, Captivate, and Flash. Though using these tools can cost you some money, you can also use the LMS to create some simple pages/ assessments / quizzes.

An LMS provides a platform for housing all types of eLearning courses, as well as tracking who has completed them, when, and what kind of score they
received on assessments. Furthermore, an LMS allows administrators or trainers to prepare reports, make assignments, and send reminders all at one central location.

 Example: BluevoltLitmos,Moodle and Topyx 




CMS
A content management system (CMS)is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content.
It creates the framework for how content is stored and displayed.
CMS functions allow the content owner to decide which content should be displayed privately or publicly. Content can be easily tagged using metadata, which is best for searching and using content quickly and efficiently.
Example: Drupal and WordPress are popular content management systems used to create all kinds of websites. As opposed to a CMS, a learning CMS is specialized for the creation and management of learning content.



LCMS  
A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a combination of a CMS and an LMS. Content is stored, organized, and tracked like on the LMS. The difference between the two is that content is created on LCMS, which is like the CMS. Unlike a CMS, the content that is created is designed for the sole purpose of learning.
LCMS system usually allows multiple collaborators to work together to create content that can then be published in a variety of formats. The key difference between an LMS and an LCMS is the target user. The LMS user is the learner, while the LCMS user is the learning content creator.


Example: Xyleme and Kenexa



Comparison 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