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.

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How Not to Adopt an LCMS

Xyleme

Today’s modern learning ecosystem demands a learning content management system (LCMS) that allows organizations to: Deliver a Better Experience. Companies that adopt a new LCMS are challenging the status quo, reimagining the way content is typically authored, created and delivered.

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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 Directory

eLearning 24-7

Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file - E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. The market continues to grow it is nearly impossible to see every vendor’s latest solution. Additionally, vendors can cease to exist quickly. There are a large number of vendors who support ERP systems, inc. Some vendors use the words “VLE&# – but in a deeper dive, it is a LMS for them. Vendors Reviewed.

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Learning Technology Defined: The Difference Between an LMS, LCMS & LRS

Adobe Captivate

The three types of learning technology I’m most frequently asked about are learning management systems (LMS), learning content management systems (LCMS), and learning record stores (LRS). Learning technology is constantly changing.

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Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Extended Enterprise - Vendors are expanding into the wholesaler/reseller/affiliates/sales agent sector with their solutions. The note of interest is that it is occurring with all size of vendors, albeit the charge is being led by mid size vendors. Not all of the big dog vendors have entered this space, despite it being a huge revenue opportunity. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit.

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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.

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

InsiderHub

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.

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Learning Technology Evolves: Integrated Platforms Are Arriving

Josh Bersin on Enterprise Learning

Today there are more than 200 LMS vendors, more than 30 LXP vendors, and thousands of vendors who build collaboration tools, mobile learning tools, content development tools, and analytics tools. Enterprise Learning HR Systems LMS, LCMS hr technology lms LXP

Xyleme Nominated as a Top LCMS by Elearning!

Xyleme

Xyleme is pleased to be nominated as a top Learning Content Management System (LCMS). All vendor ballots were voided. Xyleme is elated to be voted and recognized as a top LCMS platform by industry professionals. Xyleme is the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) of choice for the visionaries who are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created and delivered. The post Xyleme Nominated as a Top LCMS by Elearning!

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. So why do vendors refuse to do this? Unfortunately, we do not have that luxury when buying YOUR LMS/LCMS. Hmm, we are in a global marketplace, so why are a large number of vendors still believing that everyone is on EST?

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LMS/LCMS More Puzzlers – OS + Language + Browsers

eLearning 24-7

I realized I left out three additional gems that vendors seem to have just fallen off the planet when it comes to the REAL WORLD! They are not going away, and yet an enormous amount of vendors do not support them, let alone Safari. Many vendors support this. Yes, there are many languages that LMS/LCMS vendors leave out, considering we live in a global marketplace, but there is one that really stands out: Latin American Spanish.

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Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

eLearning 24-7

Vendors who have partnerships with WebEx or whomever they use, typically require you to purchase a license, which is separate from the system. Many will offer or have the ability to purchase the license for you, rather than you having to go to the vendor themselves and purchase it. Rather, “partner&# is a dual revenue steam for the vendor and their partner – a business relationship deal. If the vendor offers it, they say yes – but here is the twist.

LMS/LCMS Reports: Generate or Perish

eLearning 24-7

You have a LCMS/LMS. Because your LMS/LCMS does not offer it. Not all LMS/LCMS offer this, but really if they do, it is a great feature, and frankly they should! Who accessed or entered the LMS/LCMS? The Report Curse of some LMS/LCMS Vendors. Because your time is being spent having to do additional steps, which impacts your productivity (since you could be working on something else) and really should not be necessary, if you have the right LMS/LCMS.

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LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors. I must admit I am still in a daze on some shocking data, I saw in the last few weeks (on a side note: the new and updated version of my LMS/LCMS directory will be available for download this upcoming Tuesday). 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

Upgraded LMS Directory- More Vendors, New Add-ons!

eLearning 24-7

My latest LMS/LCMS directory provides a wealth of new information on 242 vendors. New columns – Does the vendor offer a trial? What social media platforms does the vendor use? If the vendor offers a trial, it will identify if known the length of the trial. If the vendor uses any social media, the name is listed (example: Twitter, Facebook, etc). List does not include Open Source – FREE LMS vendors which are posted elsewhere on the site.

Learning Thursday #10 – The Many Acronyms of Learning Technology

Adobe Captivate

Take learning technology vendors for example. It can be difficult to tell whether a specific platform is principally a learning management system (LMS), or a learning content management system (LCMS), or something else entirely.

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

eLearning 24-7

The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. With a hosted solution, the vendor’s servers are able to tested to withstand scenarios like this.

What’s the difference between an LMS and an LCMS

Cinch

As learning becomes more complicated and larger teams work together on creating content, organizations may start to consider including a Learning Content Management System (LCMS) as part of the training toolset. This FAQ will answer all your questions about an LMS and an LCMS.

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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.

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SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

eLearning 24-7

The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world. With a hosted solution, the vendor’s servers are able to tested to withstand scenarios like this.

Top Nine Web Conferencing Vendors for 2015 Plus Trends

eLearning 24-7

Per Host – My number #1 vendor goes this route, but they and a few others push ultimate options with a minimum number of hosts and I’m not even talking Enterprise yet. There a few vendors who offer a lot more, but nobody is doing like 30 or 40 extensions at this point. Add APIs – In reality those “extensions” are APIs, but separately there are vendors making mention that they can accept APIs too. I know what you are thinking.

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LMS Setup Fees: For some vendors it’s a cash cow

eLearning 24-7

Just as a seriously doubt many of the LMS vendors who feel it is their duty to charge one time setup fees that break your budget bank. There are plenty of vendors who do not charge any type of setup fee. Equally there are vendors who charge a setup fee for items that you need to make it go. You can buy extra training – on site for x number of days – which can be a major profit maker for a vendor. I know of vendors who charge 3K per API.

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. Of course, many vendors like to pitch it as “Web 2.0″ Does your LMS/LCMS vendor offer these? I left out social analytics, since with a LMS/LCMS it would be needed, so why list it as a social media offering? That said, a question I would highly recommend you ask your vendor is where are they servers located.

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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?

SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

eLearning 24-7

Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing. Very few vendors ever attempted the certification, and AICC did not offer all their components for certification. SCORM, SCORM 1.2,

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State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. rather then going through the LMS vendor.

SCORM: What you should be asking your LMS Vendor to be

eLearning 24-7

Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing. Very few vendors ever attempted the certification, and AICC did not offer all their components for certification. SCORM, SCORM 1.2,

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. Some vendors (and it is gaining steam) offer “active users” Active users – People who are taking at least one course during the month. There are a few vendors who will charge only when the end user completes a course (but this is rare). E-Commerce model – It is rare, but there are vendors who offer it.

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? 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. A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site. After you have chatted with the vendors, set up your demos. Welcome, Welcome.

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What’s REALLY Going On? 6 Truths About Training in 2012

Bottom-Line Performance

Truth #3: Outside vendors matter. Vet vendors carefully and select people who can truly partner with you in supporting your L&D efforts. Most of us are curious about tomorrow (hence, our fascination with all the predictions for the upcoming year)… but we live in today.

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When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

eLearning 24-7

For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portals (commercial & free), Social Learning stand-alone systems, hybrid system, content authoring tools, m-learning, web conferencing (already exists in many systems), virtual worlds, virtual meeting systems (already exists in some systems), marketplace exchanges (not affiliated with a system). LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal (commercial or free), e-readers, any mobile device(i.e.

E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen

eLearning 24-7

billion dollars (USD) by 2015 and an increase in competition in the space, it is time for vendors to act. Interestingly, a large portion of LMS vendors have not optimized their products for the iPad/ iPad2 and with the exception of two content authoring tools, HTML5 capabilities, specifically the ability to output a course in HTML5 does not yet exist. AR offers amazing capabilities in e-learning, not just courses, but from a LMS/LCMS/learning platform as a whole.

Features that are must haves in any LMS

eLearning 24-7

Plus, every vendor I know who has changed their UI to a more modern look, constantly tell m e that their current customers love the new look. 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!).

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

eLearning 24-7

With this knowledge comes the avalanche of hyper sales, vendors are exploring ways to gain your attention. Thus is should be a concern to every vendor who shows off a system that is stripped off its looks to entice buyers. The most common responses I hear from vendors are. If you are always customizing your system for every client (without heavy customization which vendors will charge), your bottom line has to take a hit at some point.

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Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.