LMS vs CMS vs LCMS…What’s the Difference?

What do all these letters mean? These letter combinations of C, L, M, and S for software all may seem the same, but they do differ. What is the real difference between these platforms?

A Learning Management System (LMS) helps assign, deliver, store, and track training materials to employees. Materials are formatted (remember that) elsewhere and then transferred to the LMS.

A Content Management System (CMS) creates the framework for how content is stored and displayed. CMSs specialize in the creation and management of learning content.

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. It’s simple math, really.

A CMS is like a snuggie, and an LMS is like a sweatshirt. A sweatshirt allows you to keep relatively warm while being able to move around and get where you need to go. An LMS allows the content you want to be distributed to employees. A CMS is like a blanket. Blankets store warmth and are displayed around the couches. A snuggie combines the flexibility of a sweatshirt with the warmth and comfort of a blanket. Best of both worlds!

Okay, the snuggie analogy might have been a little bit of a stretch, but you understand the point. An LCMS combines the benefits of a LMS and a CMS.

And then there is Lessonly…

Lessonly is more than an LMS. Actually, we say we are the Next Generation LMS, because we’ve stripped the traditional LMS system of its complexity. Our eLearning platform hosts creating, distributing, and tracking content in an easy-to-use software.

One major difference between us and most major LCMSs is that we are not SCORM-compliant. We intentionally decided to not make our clients deal with the difficulties of SCORM. Our software is designed to make your learning environment easier to create and share lessons. From the administrative side, we want creation and distribution to be easy. We want lessons to be able to support a variety of media sources to keep learners engaged and interested.

Create content for your learners, measure how employees are retaining information, and store information in one centralized place with Lessonly. Create a lesson today for free, distribute it to your employees, and see how easy and enjoyable it is! All you have to do to jump in is click here.

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