What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

For example, you’ve likely seen Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) discussed on various websites and company pages. How is an LCMS Different from an LMS? An LCMS goes one step farther. Math time: LMS + C (for content creation) = LCMS.


LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring

Tony Karrer

I’ve received some good feedback on my post Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets. One thing is pretty clear, LCMS tools have really headed towards a kind of super Authoring tool and there's a related but quite distinct need for support for a Warehouse. In terms of use of traditional LCMS products towards the needs cited in the previous post, Brenda Robinson and I had a good "discussion" around this - email exchange.


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LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) typically is an LMS to which the LMS vendor has added an authoring tool. The authoring tool in an LCMS can be used to create content and courses, but has limited functionality compared to a multimedia content authoring tool.



Also, LMSs do not provide IDs with the deep analytics required to understand what content is working and what content is not. . Another important learning tool that some may not be familiar with is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). Features of an LCMS.


Solution Series: Learning Content Management Systems – What exactly is an LCMS?


Had the users employed an LCMS, or learning content management system, there would have been no question about working on the most up-to-date course documents – because an LCMS is a central repository, where updates can be made in real time and stored in a cloud-based system.

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

Provided a strong cluster sample, representing folks across the globe, not just the U.S. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. One important data point here – the term “LCMS” is on its deathbed.

LMS & LCMS Directory

eLearning 24-7

Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file - E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. When available, I have provided comments and insight. SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle and HRIS systems; thus if you have one of those systems you are now open to a greater number of vendors, rather then staying with your ERP or HRIS provider. They are listed first on the directory, and pricing is provided. Contains over 200 systems.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. Ask them if they will provide a sandbox (trial) with full access if they are in the top three. That said, I have vendors who said yes or what do you mean, so expect to provide them information. To score a lower price point, provide estimates on how many users will be in year two and year three.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


As the Senior Partner of Bob Little Press & PR , you have been providing business-to-business public relations (PR) services to many organizations in the ‘learning’ and ‘learning technologies’ industry for years. Examples include helping the US-based LMS provider, Pathlore, to be acquired by SumTotal Systems and helping the UK-based learning content producer, Skillchange Systems, to be acquired by Vega (which, itself, was later acquired by an Italian company).

When your LMS BFF is no longer

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Overwhelmingly we provide some sort of training or learning to our employees or our customers. . On top of that before they even start providing support they have to go through rigorous training. Next, when they start providing support they still go through training. This might be a shocker to folks, but the vast majority of LMS vendors do NOT have a training person provide the demos, let alone actually train the customer. . I’ve been there.

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Ways to Keep Learners Attentive During an Online Course

360 Training

Having a fun or novelty factor in the learning can help perk interest, while providing variety and a refreshing “mini-break.” The information should be valuable and relevant to the key topic—but provide the sort of interesting nugget you might relay to a colleague during a coffee break, or to a family member at the end of the day. Surprising statistics, fun facts, and “did you know” call-outs can all work very well here. Go beyond just providing content—present it.

LMS/LCMS Puzzlers

eLearning 24-7

Just some thoughts that puzzle me on why some LMS/LCMS vendors (okay over 98% of them) are still in some time warp from the Eighties when it comes time to enhance their services and technological solutions. Unfortunately, we do not have that luxury when buying YOUR LMS/LCMS. Better yet, is that you e-mail your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tech support and it is as though it goes into a black hole and is never seen again.

The Power of eLearning Templates

360 Training

Templates walk you through exactly what you need to do, and what text, pictures, audio, or video you need to provide. Use, re-use, and update templates in various courses to provide rewarding learning experiences to your students.

Differences and Distinctions: LMS vs. LCMS

Bottom-Line Performance

As we begin our investigation into LMS systems this month, it seems useful to talk about the distinction between an LMS and an LCMS. The primary difference is that the LCMS, or Learning Content Management System, allows for much more dynamic management of the content used in training. LCMS systems allow you to create learning objects - in other words, content - right in the tool. Tags: Uncategorized LCMS LMS


LMS: The Foundation of Your Training Initiative

Your Training Edge

You may have seen or heard terms relating to learning management, like LMS or LCMS, or content management. To begin with, an LMS is a Learning Management System, while and LCMS is a Learning Content Management System. So who provides LMS and LCMS services?

How to Make Better eLearning Videos

360 Training

In an effort to meet the expectations of digital learners, we have to employ different methodologies to provide engaging and relevant knowledge. 360training Learning Content Management (LCMS) offers streaming video download (MP4 format) that allows users to upload larger files. To accommodate students with hearing difficulties or those with system issues, it is always a good idea to provide a video transcript, so that they are not left behind.

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Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Forecast: Continued growth and expansion, as this space has profit written all over it, especially if the vendor provides a skinned/branded solution, e-comm (with currency options inc. Asia – misleading by LMS/LCMS vendors. Forecast: Continued development by LMS/LCMS vendors making their front end UI (what the end user – i.e. employee or customer) more intuitive, easier to use and truly user friendly.

How to Create Time-Saving eLearning

360 Training

Compiling and adding relevant and useful links for more information can be a service to the student as it saves them time finding the best resources themselves, but the provided links should be supplemental, and must not interrupt the course. Provide targeted glossaries. They can allow students to fully concentrate on the course and can provide a handy review of the course once it is completed. Have you been thinking of making a course with 360training?

Making the Move: Converting Training into Online Courses

360 Training

It also offers a wealth of opportunities for trainers, subject matter experts, lecturers, teachers, and instructors to teach millions of online learners across the globe, providing diverse teaching experiences and boosting their monthly income at the same time. For example, PowerPoint presentations are often designed primarily to provide supplemental information to attendees while the live trainer conducts a training session. eLearning is on the rise and it’s here to stay.

Games for Learning—And Just for Fun!

360 Training

In the LS360 LCMS , for example, you pull questions into the game template directly from your assessment item banks, making game setup super fast—under 5 minutes in most cases. Don’t just provide the definition and ask for the term.

5 Tips to Craft Good Multiple-Choice Questions

360 Training

Ideally, all of your distractors should represent a common mistake for which you then provide feedback to get students back on the right track. Feedback is a great way to provide constructive improvement to the learners. Provide proper feedback to the learners rather than restating the question. How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring checklists elearning ideas LCMS planning Shazia subject matter experts

10 Tips for Successful Webinars

360 Training

Keep in mind that a good headset will often provide better quality audio than a laptop’s built-in microphone. Adjust your position as needed, or try placing some desk lamps in front of you (out of sight of the camera) to provide pleasant ambient light and minimize shadows. Tips and Tricks checklists LCMS LMS webinars Wesley

Fundamentals of Good eLearning Scenarios

360 Training

We usually don’t get a second chance to correct ourselves in real-life situations, but with the help of elearning scenarios, a student is provided an opportunity to learn and practice in an authentic environment. Examples How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring elearning Laura LCMS Shazia subject matter experts training

LMS/LCMS Social Media & Side Notes

eLearning 24-7

If you haven’t been looking at LMS/LCMS solutions lately or if you have, you may be noticing a trend - social media. After the Kobe earthquake, students from Kobe provided us actual eyewitness accounts and articles, which we published in our high school paper. To have a better understanding on social media, I have provided the types of social media followed by an example. Does your LMS/LCMS vendor offer these?

Digital Asset Management – LCMS, ECM and SharePoint

Tony Karrer

Vic provides the following list of reasons that companies use his digital asset management software for eLearning projects: The companies that employ our target audience strongly discourage employees from putting company assets on ‘public’ sites. Is there a need and desire for software or software as a service that provides digital asset management as part of eLearning projects? Does the LCMS already provide this for you?

Blackboard Inc. To Be Acquired: Will Become Privately Held Company by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

announced today that it will be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Tools(Press Release) Education software company Blackboard Inc.

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eLearning Authoring Tool Must-Haves!

360 Training

When selecting the best course authoring software for your content, look at the range of ways in which you’ll be able to present information and provide opportunities for learners to interact with that content and really explore it. Strategies elearning LCMS Shazia All prepared to kick-start your elearning journey?

Features that are must haves in any LMS

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If you are targeting training providers, offer the ability for them to include product items – they may be selling more than just courses. Buying a LMS e-learning e-learning vendors LCMS learning management system Lite LMS LMS buying a LMS LMS features selecting a LMS I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Features are like _, everyone has one” You know like a nose. (I I am sure some of you thought of something else – for shame!).

Totara LMS Partners with Lambda Solutions, Allen Interactions by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

(Press Release) Totara Learning Solutions, a global alliance founded by Kineo eLearning and Catalyst IT, has entered two new partnerships in North America with solutions providers Lambda Solutions and Allen Interactions. Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Tools

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Pricing for Up and Coming LMS Providers

eLearning 24-7

I know what you are thinking, those providers he mentioned must be expensive, but guess what.they aren’t. Pricing – as provided to me by the vendors (as of 3-30-2010). Outstart Training Edge : Did not provide pricing. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted pricing I want to stress that I selected these vendors as up and coming, not based on any revenue cycle nor any compensation from them.

Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. e-learning e-learning vendors human captial management LCMS learning learning management system learning portal LMS Talent and Performance Management virtual learning elearninfo learning management systemsHow many of you have posted questions regarding LMSs on Quora, Linkedin or the various other social media sites available on the net?

Fire Up Learning: Tips to Motivate Adult Learners

360 Training

Look for authoring tools that contain built-in activity and game templates so that you can provide an active learning environment with minimum effort and cost. Bridge the learning gap by providing context-sensitive feedback during assessments, knowledge checks, activities, games, etc. How To Strategies Tips and Tricks authoring design tips elearning instructional design LCMS Shazia subject matter experts trainingWe live in an age of innovation and change.

RFPs and Proposals: LMS/LCMS Selection Templates

Kapp Notes

The document, LMS Selection Template , provides several templates to help you develop a consistent approach to your LMS or LCMS selection process from the RFP outline to checklists for evaluating vendor demonstrations. The selection of a Learning Management and/or a Learning Content Management System is an important decision for any organization. Unfortunately, there are not many playbooks for this process. However, here is one that is very helpful.


Giving Thanks for Built-in Templates

360 Training

With 360training’s free and freemium course creation tools (LCMS), not only can you author great online courses for next to nothing, but can access easy-to-use built-in activity and game templates. Check out our authoring program FAQ page for more information about becoming an author and providing courses to your internal team, selling courses yourself, or selling courses through 360training.com and our network of resellers.

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What consumers want in a LMS – can you say WOW?

eLearning 24-7

There are ways to avoid this and yet still provide a front end that their customers will love, without impacting your cash flow. Based on my assessment of their system, I provided a detailed analysis with some suggestions on how to improve their solution. e-learning e-learning vendors elearning LCMS learning management system Lite LMS LMS learning management systems training management system

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Top 5 Up and Coming LMS Providers Article Assistance

eLearning 24-7

I am writing an article entitled “Top 5 Up and Coming LMS Providers&# for a renowned magazine. Within the article, I will be providing comments from customers/clients. Two of these providers are: Interactyx – Topyx LMS. By agreeing to provide insight, you will be giving me permission to publish any/some or all of your comments in my article, so please keep this in mind. Tags: LCMS LMS e-learning e-learning vendors elearning

LMS Identify

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Drilling down, will provide you with additional information you need to ask and know, and as a result, even when looking at a potential vendor’s site, you will be able to see what they offer in this area. Craig Weiss E-Learn Info e-learning e-learning vendors elearning elearning 24/7 LCMS learning portal LMS m-learning craig weiss elearning vendors identifying a LMS LMQ questions lms vendors selecting a LMSWelcome, Welcome. How are you today?

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