How Hybrids are Changing the Game: The Difference Between a Learning Content Management System and a Learning Management System

Confession time. I’m a salesperson in the online learning space, and I didn’t know the difference between a learning content management system and a learning management system. So like a good, curious sales rep, I did some research! But I had a really hard time finding any information that included a well-defined learning content management system definition. My hope is that this blog post provides just that, plus a little more.

In this article, I’ll cover…

  • How learning content management systems differ from learning management systems
  • How hybrids of the two systems are changing the game 
  • The types of environments where systems like these are valuable

What’s an LCMS?

So let’s get to it! What is a learning content management system? It is a software designed to house all of the essential learning materials that are vital to your company. It acts as a knowledge repository that allows teams to author, import, and publish content. However, with a learning content management system or education content management system, there is no way to deliver this information, manage the users that are accessing the content, or track the learning comprehension or retention of the material. That is where a learning management system becomes extremely helpful! 

What’s an LMS?

A learning management system definition is as follows: it’s a software that gives learning and enablement leaders a way to deliver and track the training and learning content that is sent out to their teams. However, there is a trend in the learning management system (LMS) software space where newer systems are designed with authoring tools native to the tool. You can find a learning management system comparison with a plethora of learning management system examples here

As I alluded to, traditional LMS options can be a bit of a bummer. Many of the popular systems out there don’t have authoring capabilities and require a separate, complex system or authoring tool to build out the content they need. These specific learning management solutions require the services of an instructional designer who’s received a higher education and specialize in building content through these third party authoring tools. This means there is a steep learning curve to content creation, and not everyone is able to contribute to learning at the organization, even if they are a subject matter expert. Not great.

Enter Hybrids

Did I mention that I’m a salesperson? Asking because if you want the best of both systems, you should check out Lessonly! Our software is a combination of the two above. It acts as an LCMS in that you’re able to author, store, and import all of the impactful training material you have while simultaneously having a place to deliver content, track retention, and get the user management you need out of an LMS. Sign me up, am I right? 

Where would this be valuable? 

What a question! LCMS, LMS, and hybrid platforms can be valuable in tons of different environments—from corporate teams to learning management systems for schools. 

My first experience with learning tools was in college, where LMS’s are frequently used. They provide a place for students to access learning materials and take quizzes over readings and other things they’re learning in class. 

Then, during my internship experience, I was exposed to learning tools in the workplace (specifically Lessonly). I was onboarded and given continuous learning materials through the hybrid system to ensure I was enabled and equipped to talk with our customers knowledgeably. 

Some of the teams that benefit most from using hybrid systems are growing companies that need process for their rapid onboarding, companies that are constantly releasing new product offerings or features, and sales and support teams that require a ton of continuous learning and practice

So shameless plug, if you’re a part of an organization that needs consistency in their training program, lacks continuous training elements, or is experiencing extreme change, give Lessonly a look!


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