What Is a Learning Experience Platform?
In 2019, the volume of this market was estimated at $300M, and this figure is growing by 50% every year. Such successes generate many questions from those who have never been familiar with Learning Experience Platforms. Today we’ll dive deeper into this topic, discover what it’s all about and compare it with the LMS systems we are used to. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The Definition of Learning Experience Platform
Learning Experience Platform or LXP is an online platform that businesses and enterprises use to transform and facilitate employee training. It may seem that this is very similar to the popular Learning Management Systems, and part of this statement is correct. However, while LMS is focused only on managing the learning process, LXP also allows you to create unique learning experiences and gradually improve them.
All LXPs can be divided into three main groups:
1. AI-based LXPs that recommend personalized content based on machine learning algorithms.
2. Systems that encourage and support social learning and collaboration.
3. Hybrid platforms that combine the two previous types.
Among the all Learning Experience Platforms, there are several well-known representatives praised by users.
|LXP Name||Year of Launch||Description||User Rating (Based on Capterra user reviews)|
|OpedEdX||2012||Open Edx is a non-profit open-source platform that was developed and implemented by MIT and Harvard University. According to the creators, the platform is used by more than 200 educational organizations in the world. The system consists of two modules. The first is intended for students and opens access to courses, while the second is tailored to the needs of the course creators.||4.8|
|Degreed||2012||According to Degreed itself, their product is “The Lifelong Learning Platform,” which helps learners build and certify their professional skills and improve organizational skills||4.4|
|Valamis||2007||Distinctive features of the Valamis platform are the simplification of learning for different generations and the ability to create training at the request of medical institutions and space travelers||4.5|
|EdCast||2001||EdСast is an AI-fueled “Knowledge cloud” that improves learning productivity by up to 50%. The cloud-based structure allows teaching students anywhere in the world using any device||5|
Main Features of Learning Experience Platforms
Since we’ve dealt with the most basic stage, it’s high time to discuss something important. All LXP platforms have several distinguishing features that make them unique and that you should be aware of before deciding on the perfect platform for your learning needs.
1. Extensive Integration Options
This feature is one of the most important since the more flexible the platform is, the broader its capabilities and the more convenient it to integrate into established business processes. You can connect LXP to a wide range of different company ecosystems like LMS, LRS, HCR, CRM, and many more. However, integration with artificial intelligence deserves special attention.
The mix of AI and LXP helps improve the learning experience by delivering a personalized experience to every learner through the customizable help of algorithms and learning paths. For example, such algorithms can provide notifications about various events (upcoming knowledge assessment, assignment date, and much more). The algorithms can independently evaluate the learning outcomes, group learning content using a tag system, and provide valuable advice on additional repetition of the material if the results are unsatisfactory.
2. Unique Learning Experience with Deeper Personalization
One of the main goals of all LXPs is to provide as rich a learning experience as possible and make it as beneficial as possible to the individual employee. This goal is achieved by combining deep personalization and extensive integration possibilities with third-party services such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Slack, and many others. The more integrations you put into the Learning Experience Platform, the stronger the learning process is spreading beyond the typical learning management system.
3. Variety of Learning Types
Learning Experience Platforms support various learning styles that allow you to develop custom eLearning solutions based on the needs and wishes of learners and using gamification and adaptive microlearning.
4. User-Friendly Interfaces
The main idea behind Learning Experience Platforms is learning through intuitive and user-friendly interface designs. Such learning is expressed in the possibility of simple navigation on any device and adjusting content delivery. For example, the learner’s content will be based on the previously made search queries, interactions, various skill gaps necessary for productive work in the company, and much more. Roughly speaking, LXP is a Netflix from the world of online learning. Combining these characteristics provides learners with a unique and most beneficial learning experience.
Who Should Implements LXP?
Since LXPs represent a new development stage of online learning, many enterprises may not implement such technologies. Some companies may still rely on time-tested LMS training and see no particular need for implementing LXP into their processes.
However, there are three situations where Learning Experience Platform implementation is 100% correct:
The learning outcomes through the LMS were unsatisfactory. It’s sad to admit, but often there are cases when training using Learning Management Systems didn’t meet expectations due to some awkwardness of the systems and equalization in the training of all employees. If your employees give you feedback on poor user experience and the results confirm this, you should consider using LXP.
You are generating educational content. Learning Experience Platforms aim to make all learning content visible to all users. Using such a platform will help make your content visible if lost in the LMS, among other educational content.
Skill-deficient companies. If your company uses the “senior teaches junior” methodology and all training is tied to team interaction, LXP greatly optimizes this process by allowing users to generate content themselves.
All three of these case studies will get the most out of using LXP in their learning processes. These three cases have one thing in common – implementation will require skilled experts. Since the Learning Experience Platform will be a novelty for companies, a correct decision would be to hire a team of developers that provides custom eLearning solutions services to avoid various difficulties and mistakes.
This results from the fact that many institutions still use LMS systems for their educational process, and it’s challenging to switch to new technology without any help. For example, Open EdX is a full-fledged Learning Experience Platform that is a more advanced solution than a traditional LMS system and requires unique implementation for each case. That’s why we suggest hiring a team of developers who can make you custom LXP to build the ultimate learning process in your institution.
Here at Raccoon Gang, we have deep expertise in introducing eLearning methods into enterprises of all domains. Our main goal is to deliver high-quality eLearning solutions to help businesses train their staff skillset, raise new employees, and reach new heights.
Learning Experience Platform VS. Learning Management System
To finally remove the confusion between these two systems, we have compiled a detailed table to show all the differences between LXP and LMS.
|Learning Experience Platform||Learning Management System|
|It expands learning opportunities by integrating with other services and ecosystems outside the company, thereby enhancing the learning experience||It is a catalog of pre-built courses at its core, with the ability to track learning results analytics|
|Modifies and improves the established learning process by introducing personalized training programs||LMS is concentrated only on learning, with some options to customize the learning process roadmap|
|It aims at improving understanding of the relationship between learning outcomes and employee performance in the workplace||Simply satisfies the employee training need|
|A flexible learning system that allows users to add training content by themselves, determine which content to use and in what form, and implement third-party learning content||The LMS itself, or rather the Learning Administrators, is responsible for the content. Users have to choose from the proposed range without implementing their own|
|It is a content aggregator||Curator of limited and predefined content|
LXP, LMS, or Both? What to Choose?
You don’t need to worry if, after all our explanations, you still don’t know which platform your company needs. We will try to put everything on the shelves in the picture below.
Even though both platforms serve the same purpose – training and skill development, they do it differently. While LMS provides a supervised learning process with a ready-made list of material, LXP allows users to choose the learning content themselves for a more personalized experience. It doesn’t make any of these platforms better or worse. They both deserve to be introduced into the business to improve the competence of employees. And if you are on the verge of implementing one of these systems, tell us about your project, and we will help you with the introduction process.