LMS vs. LCMS: What is the difference and why does it matter? LMS vs. LCMS? While sometimes thought to be interchangeable terms, LMS (Learning Management System) and LCMS (Learning Content Management System) platforms share a few functionalities, but couldn’t be more different. What is an LCMS? A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a tool for actually creating learning content and publishing that content in a variety of formats.




Another important learning tool that some may not be familiar with is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). An LCMS is not meant to replace an LMS, as the LCMS enables authoring, presenting, and publishing via the LMS. Often, the LCMS and LMS are meant to work hand in hand. Features of an LCMS. Top-notch LCMS solutions can even provide detailed analytics that identify the most effective content. SCORM/AICC tracking. ?. ?.


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What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?


” Even a Google search for Learning Content Management System returns ads for Learning Management Systems, and articles that claim to rank the top LCMS’s, but really only include Learning Management Systems. LMS and LCMS might look like they are the same thing or close, but the two couldn’t be more different! You can read more about the differences and see a complete breakdown here: LMS vs. LCMS, or watch the video below. LMS vs. LCMS Comparison.


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. The LCMS can be used to incorporate and structure content from all sources into courses, as long as the type of content is supported by the LMS. and the AICC standard is ARG 010.

Terms e-Learning Designers Should Know


Learning Content Management System (LCMS): The difference between and LMS and an LCMS is that an LCMS has the added functionality of authoring e-learning content in the LMS. Instructional designers, content author, and subject-matter experts can create content in the LCMS and collaborate together to create content. An LCMS has a built-in authoring tool, and LMSs do not. E-learning aicc asynchronous blended learning e-learning LCMS LMS synchronous tin can vILT

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

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SCORM 2004, AICC what does it all mean? Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? I’ll exclude the technical components or specifics on SCORM and AICC – plenty of info. Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. SCORM and AICC. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing.


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

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SCORM 2004, AICC what does it all mean? Better yet, what does it mean to YOU when trying to find that LMS or LCMS vendor? I’ll exclude the technical components or specifics on SCORM and AICC – plenty of info. Rather, I will focus on some questions you should ask or be asking your soon to be LMS/LCMS vendor. SCORM and AICC. AICC was the only standard that offered a certification process for vendors and it was based on tasks/components testing.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory

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Access means how do you create the content, build the course – either online or your desktop/company server, prior to output which can go to the “web&# , “LMS/LCMS&# , etc. SCORM or AICC. Identifies SCORM version/edition (may be multiple), AICC (if applicable) or PENS (if applicable): PENS was created by AICC in 2005, but a few vendors are starting to utilize it this year. They list SCORM/AICC but do not list version nor edition.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

PENS was created in 2005 by AICC as a new interoperability standard. When I was looking at a LMS/LCMS vendors in the last few years, one of my first questions, “Are you SCORM 2004 or 1.2 RCATs who do not offer multiple outputs – say to the web, other media and of course a LMS/LCMS – it is amazing, how many do not offer an output to the web, but offer it to a LMS/LCMS.

Interoperability – It works every time! Wrong.

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Interoperability – The Double Premise for a LMS/LCMS. and the LMS/LCMS is SCORM 1.2 If you create a SCORM whatever course or AICC course by a developer (and they are not using a rapid e-learning software that your vendor accepts) OR you are purchasing off the shelf courses it will work, without a hitch. Anyone in this industry knows that interoperability sounds fantastic, but you will face challenges, regardless of your LMS/LCMS vendor – small, medium or large.

12 Best Learning Content Management System Software for Enterprise Companies


Unlike a standard LMS — which is optimized primarily for the student experience — learning content management system software (LCMS or LCMSS) places an equal emphasis on students and administrators. A Quality LCMS Lets Any Employee Create Content Easily. Where LCMS and LMS Overlap.

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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What about AICC? Unless you purchased a tool that is only AICC compliant, which in that case, time to ditch it and get another one. If you purchased an AICC only, then you have to find a system that is AICC compliant. It can be SCORM too, but the AICC is the key. . PENS was created by AICC as an alternative to SCORM 2004, 3rd edition. .

Answering your LMS Questions

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SCORM/AICC/PENS/IMS. Those that don’t are due to: Your tool works only with SCORM 2004 3rd edition, and your LMS only accepts AICC. 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?

E-Learning News and Notes

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Most tend to be proprietary, but I have seen a few that are SCORM/AICC and yes even PENS. collaborative learning system e-learning e-learning vendors education elearning LCMS learning LMS rapid content authoring tool SAAS craig weiss elearn info online assessment tools online proctoring podcast survey toolsLots of stuff has been going on these past few weeks s0 let’s just jump right in. Standalone Quiz/Assessment Tools.

Extending your learning network: What you need to know

Rustici Software

Your courses should support the eLearning standards like SCORM, AICC or xAPI. Options here look like Content Controller , SCORM Cloud Dispatch or some type of Learning Content Management System (LCMS).

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant). I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Our industry is made up into four camps.

LTDX Q&As: Fitting standards in a learning ecosystem

Rustici Software

cmi5 originated from the AICC and was transferred to ADL in 2014. LCMS—Learning Content Management System. Recently, we took part in LTDX and participated in 2 live panel discussions covering the what and how when it comes to learning ecosystems.

Web-Based Authoring Tools for Scalable eLearning Development: The Time Has Come

Web Courseworks

A white paper on the Composica website titled “ The Goldilocks Dilemma of Authoring ” provides a convincing argument for why firms should invest in a collaborative authoring tool over competing individual authoring tools and learning content management system (LCMS) solutions. LCMS authoring tools nail the collaborative elements but strike out on rapid development features and design flexibility. 2004. · xAPI. · AICC. · LMS, Inc.

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Advantages of WordPress over Moodle


LearnDash is able to take advantage of the elegant simplicity of WordPress and add the tracking and scoring and convert it into a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). Some organizations still have a big investment in legacy content that communicates using the SCORM or AICC formats. Since SCORM/AICC is such an old standard, the newer platforms such as WordPress will not support it. Open-source software has ushered in a new era of possibilities in the learning space.

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Walking down the Interactive Learning Path with Raptivity


You can use Raptivity output with hundreds of authoring tools, LMS, LCMS, and Live Collaboration tools and web design tools. Raptivity supports SCORM, AICC and Tin Can tracking. One of the major challenges that educators face is holding learners’ attention and helping them retain information.

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions—Part 2

ATD Learning Technologies

What is the difference between an LMS and an LCMS? A learning content management system (LCMS) is more about how developers create and manage the content from the developer’s perspective. An LCMS can provide a collaborative authoring environment, a reusable asset library, review tools, and ways to output content in multiple formats (such as self-paced e-learning and classroom-based training). Is there a preference or reason for choosing xAPI, AICC, SCORM over the other?

Ten Interactive Online Platforms to Deliver Holistic Learning to Students


The Fluidic player can support all types of files, such as PDFs, DOCX, PPTs, videos, SCORM, AICC, and xAPI-compliant packages.

Top 10 training programs for small business teams

Ed App

If you are excited about cloud-based software, Go Skills is right up your alley, but it isn’t a complete LCMS, and its authoring tool could be better. Speaking of authoring, Go Skills allows course creators to import courses via SCORM, AICC, CMI5, or xAPI.

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Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 1 (A-L)


AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee): The first official eLearning content standard, AICC was developed by the Aviation Industry CBT Committee in 1993 as a CD-ROM based standard. A predecessor to SCORM, AICC was difficult to work with and many steps were required to get content in the format running in an LMS. Like an LMS, an LCMS manages the creation, storage and delivery of eLearning content.

State of the E-Learning Industry 2019

eLearning 24-7

Instead of making a better SaaS authoring tool, a percentile of them, are using features you would see in an LCMS, a market that is minimal in today’s world, compared to say 2000 or even up to the mid 2000’s. . AICC is dropping by the wayside with learning systems, which could create challenges for folks who have 3rd party libraries of only AICC content. Normally, folks write up a state of the industry at the end of that year (as I did for 2017).

Five Myths of Social Learning


So while implementing social media tools provided by an LCMS or LMS vendor may ensure departmental adoption, experience and today’s market show us that enterprise adoption of these tools is not a likely reality. In order for social media platforms to totally eclipse the function an LMS plays, they would be forced to support interoperability standards like SCORM, AICC or Common Cartridge. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms


The first official eLearning content standard, AICC was developed by the Aviation Industry CBT Committee in 1993 as a CD-ROM based standard. A predecessor to SCORM, AICC was difficult to work with and many steps were required to get content in the format running in a learning management system (LMS). eLearning standards like SCORM, xAPI (Tin Can) and AICC were developed to enhance the interoperability of online learning content and technologies.

Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

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and AICC (why is there AICC? Adobe sees the system as a LMS with LCMS features. I’m not sure about the LCMS angle. . The only areas I saw was the ability for content versioning and RLOs, which are just a couple of pieces of a LCMS. Yeah folks love to shove in built-in authoring tool too, and that is fine with me, but the whole LCMS statement, I just don’t see it (and yeah, I let Adobe know that).

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. no SCORM, AICC or PENS – however, I am now seeing a few vendors offer PENS (created by AICC back in 2005, but slowly gaining traction). Every year, I identify five trends that I am seeing in the industry as a whole, and forecast on where they will be heading throughout the year. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated.

SCORM and the Whole 2.0 Thing Again.

Mark Oehlert

t think SCORM and AICC are over engineered pieces of junk. And the LMS / LCMS products and vendors engender pure hate at every contact point whether purchaser, content develoeprs, admins or end users. I recently posted about the SCORM 2.0 Call for Papers and how I feel this is a very important moment for SCORM and that I think it would be great if the papers came back with big,hairy audacious goals that really sought to move the industry forward and so forth.


2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. Mobile learning is not just seeing the LMS (or LCMS or platform) via a mobile browser. AICC/SCORM/IMS. Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., but after much consideration, decided this week to focus only on the LMS sector.

An Open Source Environment for E-Learning Content Development

The E-Learning Curve

As I'm in the process of updating my website ’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS), I though it would be interesting to discuss open source environments, and how they can be implemented in an e-learning content development ecosystem. I haven't discussed learning standards yet in my blog, but it is a topic I will be talking about at a later time; I think that elements of this discussion reflect directly on SCORM, AICC, QTI and other learning-related specifications and standards.

The Building Blocks of a Successful e-Training Program

ICS Learning

The Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is another core piece of the training system infrastructure. The previously described LMS provides all of the administrative and delivery functionality, while the LCMS provides capabilities more directly related to the storing and management of the learning content itself. The Building Blocks of a Successful e-Training Program. By Ed Gipple.

Two Ships Passing in the Night

Breakthrough eLearning

SCORM, AICC, etc.). Every day my email inbox is inundated with the latest studies directed at corporate training departments about which LMS or LCMS is rated as "best of breed," or which content creation tool will cut eLearning development time in half. I'm in the unique position of straddling the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and seeing the way that each approaches eLearning. I have worked in both sectors.


Findanlms.com and Trend Lines

eLearning 24-7

Course standards (AICC, SCORM, SCORM 1.2, And another trend you will see in the system, which I am equally seeing in the learning system space as a whole, the elimination of AICC by vendors. First, I am overjoyed by this – as I have felt AICC has gone past its shelf life and should be put out to pasture. The one bummer is for folks whose content libraries are heavy on the AICC and light on other course standards. Heyo! I know it has been a couple of weeks.