What is the difference to LCMS

LCMS and Co. Important e-learning terms briefly explained

Annika Willers · Tips & Tricks · Last updated on April 27, 2021

Authoring tool or e-learning software? LMS or LCMS? What is the difference? This explains the terminology and use cases of systems from the e-learning area.

E-learning course or WBT

An e-learning course (or online training or web-based training (WBT)) is a form of presentation of learning materials and forms the basis of the training measure. It usually consists of a fixed sequence of learning steps and may be completed with a certificate.

Online academy

The online academy is the place where e-learning courses are offered. Employees can log in here and attend prescribed courses or learn independently and continue their education.

Learning platform and learning environment

A learning platform is the framework of the online academy and additional elements. It is based on a software system and covers the entire learning environment in which training courses and courses are to take place. In school and university teaching, one speaks more of an electronic learning environment.

Authoring tool or authoring tool

An authoring tool is a tool for creating digital learning content. Create independent learning units in the form of texts, images, animations, videos, modules. You can use the authoring tool to create entire e-learning courses. The learning units and courses can be integrated in the learning management system or in other e-learning software. Some systems also have built-in authoring tools so that creation and execution take place on the same platform.

Learning Management System or Learning Management System (LMS)

An LCMS combines learning management with content management. The software system is usually used to create learning units and to manage and evaluate them. When it comes to digital learning opportunities, e-learning software can be used synonymously.

E-learning software or e-learning platform

E-learning software serves as a learning environment for learning opportunities in exclusively digital form. E-learning courses are managed and, if necessary, created within the platform.

Learning Content Management System (LCMS)

An LCMS combines learning management with content management. The software system is usually used to create learning units and to manage and evaluate them. When it comes to digital learning opportunities, e-learning software can be used synonymously.

Learning Experience Platform (LEP)

A learning experience platform integrates learning units in various forms of presentation. The aim is for the learner to independently select and sequence the learning units and thus improve the learning experience.


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