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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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