Learning Technology Defined: The Difference Between an LMS, LCMS & LRS (Video Included)

July 10, 2018
Katrina Marie Baker works for Adobe as a Senior Learning Evangelist. Her independently operated consulting firm, Resources of Fun Learning, has advised organizations in multiple industries, including aerospace, construction, legal, retail, technology, and transportation. Katrina speaks frequently and maintains YouTube channel Learn Tech Collective. She has authored books LMS Success (2018), The LMS Selection Checklist (2018), and Corporate Training Tips & Tricks (2017). Katrina is a former Director of Technology with the Association for Talent Development. She has worked in global training capacities for Fortune 500 retailer Whole Foods Market, and Global 100 law firms Cooley LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP. Previously, Katrina worked in music and video production for clients such as Disney Channel and Adult Swim.
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Learning Technology Defined: The Difference Between an LMS, LCMS & LRS (Video Included)

Katrina Marie Baker works for Adobe as a Senior Learning Evangelist. Her independently operated consulting firm, Resources of Fun Learning, has advised organizations in multiple industries, including aerospace, construction, legal, retail, technology, and transportation. Katrina speaks frequently and maintains YouTube channel Learn Tech Collective. She has authored books LMS Success (2018), The LMS Selection Checklist (2018), and Corporate Training Tips & Tricks (2017). Katrina is a former Director of Technology with the Association for Talent Development. She has worked in global training capacities for Fortune 500 retailer Whole Foods Market, and Global 100 law firms Cooley LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP. Previously, Katrina worked in music and video production for clients such as Disney Channel and Adult Swim.
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July 10, 2018

Learning technology is constantly changing. Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate one type of platform from another. The three types of learning technology I’m most frequently asked about are learning management systems (LMS), learning content management systems (LCMS), and learning record stores (LRS).

In this video, I’ve done my best to give you the “traditional” definitions of these platform types, but please know that some platforms don’t perfectly fall under any of these labels. For instance, some learning management systems (LMS) utilize xAPI to a degree, even though xAPI is more frequently associated with learning record stores (LRS). Some learning management systems have features or add-ons that would traditionally be classified as functions of a learning content management system (LCMS) or content management system (CMS).

The bottom line is, if you want to know whether a learning technology platform can serve a specific function, ask the vendor. Learning technology is getting more robust as vendors incorporate features that go beyond traditional classifications.

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