E-Learning Platforms VS Learning Management Systems

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Despite being similar in basic functionalities, there are key differences between Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and e-learning platforms.

These differences are important in identifying the pros and cons of using either or both platforms but before we delve into their differences, we will be taking a look at what both platforms are.

E-learning platforms are web-based applications that support and enhance education delivery and management of trainers and learners by giving them access to courses, information, tools, resources and other educational content online.

On the other hand, Learning Management Systems are a form of platform that give users the means to create, distribute and manage the delivery of educational content.

They enable administrators to upload learning content, deliver lessons to students and share data with authorized users and at the same time, monitor progress and make improvement.

They also mostly operate behind a secure sign-on process inside a web browser. This grants learners and instructors quick access to courses, while administrators monitor progress and make improvements.

From their descriptions, you can see the similarities between both platforms in terms of the essential concept of providing a learning environment to learners. However, their differences lie in their functionalities and support features.

Here are differences between both platforms:

  • LMSs are more comprehensive in their functionality and support while e-learning platforms are more focused on hosting online courses.
  • LMSs are either hosted or on-premises while e-learning platforms are generally hosted.
  • LMSs are commonly accessed within the organization’s network while e-learning platforms can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • LMSs require take time to get set up and get integrated with other applications while e-learning platforms can easily be integrated into an existing website or app.
  • LMSs come with extensive feature set and support for a variety of integrations while e-learning platforms are designed to be less heavy in terms of features.
  • LMSs are expensive while e-learning platforms are cheaper.

In conclusion, while e-learning platforms are easy to use due to their easy and attractive interface, LMSs track learners’ progress, conduct evaluation and performance management functions, and assign certificates to users upon completion of courses.

We recommend both platforms for optimum performance.

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