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Learning eXperience Platform (LXP) and LMS: what are they?

Jonathan Wanty

What exactly are we talking about?

The term LXP has been inva­ding dis­cus­sions about talent mana­ge­ment and trai­ning for the past few months. Google trends reveals that among the topics asso­cia­ted with the search “LXP” are “Lear­ning Mana­ge­ment Sys­tem” and “LXP vs LMS”… not very sur­pri­sing, right?

Each publi­sher has its own defi­ni­tion, here is the one from Bran­don Hall: “The LXP is an employee’s entire rela­tion­ship with lear­ning and deve­lop­ment, from the time they are a can­di­date toward they have left the company”.

As is often the case, if a single defi­ni­tion is not avai­lable, it is because the term refers to a set of things, fea­tures or trends in the mar­ket. The fol­lo­wing points seem impor­tant to us in the notion of LXP:

  • per­so­na­li­za­tion: how to put the lear­ner at the cen­ter of his lear­ning expe­rience, both in his tech­ni­cal envi­ron­ment, with the demo­cra­ti­za­tion of mobile ter­mi­nals and tele­com­mu­ting in the pro­fes­sio­nal envi­ron­ment, but also in his orga­ni­za­tion. How his lear­ning expe­rience is inte­gra­ted into his dai­ly life and his pro­fes­sio­nal organization.
  • inter­con­nec­tion: the sources of lear­ning are mul­tiple and varied. How to make the lear­ning expe­rience fluid and coherent, whe­ther you are lear­ning from the cor­po­rate plat­form, a web­site, a book, a conference…
  • Intel­li­gence: how to use all the pre-exis­ting data and data being gene­ra­ted and col­lec­ted to opti­mize the lear­ning expe­rience and make it even more per­so­na­li­zed. How to guide users as qui­ck­ly as pos­sible to what makes sense for them, in rela­tion to their per­so­nal goals.

Why do companies want an LXP?

Here again, the novel­ty is that we are no lon­ger only inter­es­ted in the com­pa­ny’s point of view, but also in the bene­fits for the learner.
On the one hand, the com­pa­ny is faced with a chal­lenge of com­mit­ment with the mana­ge­ment of its talents: it is use­less to recall here that the intrin­sic moti­va­tion of the trai­nee is a key fac­tor of suc­cess of the approach. How do you ensure that the trai­nees are tru­ly com­mit­ted to the pro­cess? How can we ensure that trai­ning and employee deve­lop­ment are part of the cor­po­rate culture? On these points, the mana­ge­ment sys­tem has an impor­tant role to play and this is what a LXP aims to provide.
On the other hand, the com­pa­ny needs to ensure the pre­pa­ra­tion of the skills that will be neces­sa­ry tomor­row to gua­ran­tee its com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness and growth. Its plat­form must the­re­fore also serve its strategy.

What is the link with the LMS (Learning Management System)?

It is total: if you have cho­sen a high-per­for­mance LMS solu­tion, chances are that it has alrea­dy inte­gra­ted the main prin­ciples of the Lear­ning eXpe­rience Plat­form for seve­ral ver­sions. It is then like­ly that you are alrea­dy equip­ped with an LXP.
If the dimen­sions of per­so­na­li­za­tion of the lear­ning expe­rience, inter­con­nec­tion bet­ween sys­tems and intel­li­gence are not part of your LMS solu­tion, it may be time to look at what is being done elsewhere 😉

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