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.