What is a Learning Experience Platform?
When it comes to developing your workforce, the experts recommend in-house training, or “upskilling.” It saves you on costs and gives you a nice return on already sunk hiring costs- which is good when it comes to developing team loyalty and engagement.
For modern upskilling needs, thought leaders recommend a Learning Experience Platform. According to HRTechnoliogist.com’s learning experience platform definition, it is a ‘holistic digital landscape within which, operations can learn and gain key insights on a continuing basis.’ But that barely scratches the surface…and we’ll explain why.
In some ways, a learning experience platform is similar to a Learning Management Platform as both are designed to deliver learning experiences through educational programs. They have similar features, but an LXP learning experience platform is more flexible and suggests popular courses based on user experience and feedback. An LXP platform has been compared to sites like Netflix and YouTube in that it accepts user feedback and makes custom recommendations from a long list of learning programs on offer within the platform.
Possibly the simplest answer to the question, “What is a learning experience platform,” is a responsive and contribution-based collection of learning programs selected through browsing and on the basis of user behavior and user feedback. Included in this feedback and recommendation system are courses recommended according to use, stated preference- and most importantly- through the results of courses taken. That means it makes learning recommendations based on the user’s needs as determined by performance results.
In other words, it responds to the performance of the learner by suggesting material that will help the user improve where improvement is needed.
LXP vs LMS
Learning management systems have been with us for a while. These systems have been great for management teams looking to upskill their team members. The best ones offer diverse content options for a variety of learning styles, recording tools that expand the learning experience, the ability to be integrated with online communities, personalized learning trees, and more.
But as with any technology, LMS systems have a few weaknesses—weaknesses that LXP learning is designed to address. Here, we’ll lay out some of the important differences between learning experience platform vs LMS:
Who’s at the wheel?
An LMS is admin-driven, with little feedback accepted from the team if any. An LXP, by contrast, thrives on employee feedback and is designed to optimize itself based on both preference and need.
Who can contribute?
An LXP is an open system that can incorporate outside resources, whereas an LMS is a closed system that can only be changed by management.
An LMS is linear, with predefined learning paths. An LXP, by contrast, responds to need, feedback, and the learner’s learning style.
LMS systems are managed from the top down. Users are not invited to share their experience for future changes and optimization. An LXP enables both contribution and participation. In short, it listens and responds.
Ease of use and deployment
LMS systems have a strict architecture that has to be explicitly constructed, which is a lot of work and makes any change a big renovation project. LXP systems are algorithmic learning material curation devices that deliver the content users want and need.
The difference between LXP and LMS systems can be compared to the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship. An LXP listens and responds to the users, makes recommendations based on performance and feedback and is quick to deliver targeted content based on demonstrated need. An LMS, on the other hand, delivers what the owner wants to deliver in a prescribed way.
This is not to say that LMS systems have no place in upskilling your workforce, but they have specific weaknesses that make them slow to meeting the changing needs of a team that is actively working to learn and advance their skills.