It can be pretty confusing when you’re first starting to look into software systems that can help you manage your company’s training and learning programs. Perhaps the biggest point of confusion comes from trying to figure out the difference between a learning management system (LMS) and a learning content management system (LCMS).

The simplest way to distinguish the two from each other is this: A learning management system helps you manage the activity of learning while the learning content management system helps you manage the creation and organization of the content that will be incorporated into your LMS. The end users are very different. For the LMS, the end users are the learners while for the LCMS the end users are the people who create the learning content.

The confusion between these two different systems is totally understandable. If you Google the phrase most popular learning content management system, most of what you see on the first page of results is for learning management systems as opposed to the more specific learning content management system. One of the few results on the front page that refers explicitly to LCMS is the page, Top Learning Content Management Systems – 2016 Reviews. The five most-reviewed systems include Cornerstone OnDemand, SuccessFactors, Grovo, Bridge, and PeopleFluent. But if you go to their page focused on the LMS, Learning Management Systems – 2016 Reviews & Pricing, the five most-reviewed systems are Cornerstone OnDemand, SuccessFactors, Grovo, Accord, and Bridge. So you can see why there might be some confusion!

Many of the more established learning management systems have tried to incorporate and meet the needs of both learning management and learning content management. The big question is whether these platforms are as successful in both as you need them to be. A platform that started out as a learning content management system but has evolved to include many LMS functions is probably going to lack some of the more robust features you’d want to see in your LMS. And the converse will often be true as well – an LMS that adds in LCMS features will often be somewhat lacking on the LCMS side of the equation.

Choosing a system that serves as both your LMS and your LCMS certainly sounds like a convenient way to go, especially if you know how much time and effort it takes to do a really thorough exploration and selection process. If you decide to go this route, pay particular attention to which came first in the platform’s development – the LMS or the LCMS features. Once you know that, then you can hone in on the more recently added aspect to make sure it is going to meet your needs.

Whether you’re shopping for a learning content management system or a learning management system, find out if the eLeaP solution is the right choice for you company by trying it out now for free. Contact us to find out more about how it can meet your company’s learning and training management needs with an array of robust, flexible features. Call us at 1-877-624-7226 or email

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