Learning Management System (LMS) Comparisons

LMS vs. CMS

Learning management systems, also known as LMS, are software applications that allow organizations to train clients, employees, and partners associated with the organization. LMSs facilitate training by providing eLearning courses for people associated with a given organization. There are two parts to an LMS: an admin interface and a user interface. Managers use the admin interface to create programs, assign courses, and track the learning progress. Clients, employees, and partners use the user interface to engage in the learning process. The primary user of an LMS is the client, employee, or partner.  Additionally, learning management systems are interactive and enforce learning by giving quizzes or tests to clients, employees. 

 

Content management systems, commonly referred to as CMS, are software applications that facilitate the construction, organization, or redesign of a blog or website. There are two parts to a content management system: an application for the management of content and an application for content delivery. The primary user of the CMS is the creator of the website. CMSs tend not to be interactive.

 

LMS vs. LCMS

LCMS is an acronym for Learning Content Management System. Learning content management systems are software applications that allow creators to construct learning content (similar to a CMS) in addition to organizing the content, providing the content, and monitoring the progress of individuals (similar to an LMS). Essentially, learning content management systems are a hybrid of the learning management system and the content management system. The difference between LMS and LCMS is the fact that LCMS allows for the creation of content rather than the organization of previously created content. Additionally, the primary user of an LMS is the client, employee, or partner, while the primary user of an LCMS is both the creator and the client, employee, or partner of the organization. 

 

LMS vs. TMS

TMS or Training Management Systems are software applications that allow organizations to organize the administrative aspect of training. TMSs are very important to the training operation. Similar to LCMS, training management systems share some characteristics of the learning management systems (LMS), but there are some key differences. In addition to organizing eLearning courses, a TMS is utilized to create training schedules, track training details, produce reports, calculate the cost of training, manage documents, designate a certain trainer to a certain course, and perform other similar tasks. Additionally, the primary user of a TMS is an administrator of the organization, while the primary user of an LMS is the client, employee, or partner of the organization. 

 

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