Learning Experience Platform: Evolution from LMS
Learning Experience Platform (LXP) is not only the ‘scion’ of LMS, but it’s also the only path corporate training software can adopt for their growth and sustainability in the digital transformation era.
Did you know?
Learning Experience Platform market is growing by 50% every year!!
As per a recent survey, LXP or Next Generation Learning Environments market is growing so rapidly that it is too hard to ignore. The market value of LXP is estimated to be $300 million USD and is growing 50% per year. Some experts are also claiming to be 200% growth – that’s a whopping growth. Even though it might seem little as compared to the $4 billion USD LMS market, thought leaders are highly baiting upon the Learning Experience Management which is soon going to take over the eLearning world. LMS and LXP are not two different markets as they seem to be, but Learning Experience is indeed stealing a share of the same market to another product.
Are Learning Experience Platform and LMS two different markets?
LXP now represents the new world of corporate learning. This futuristic eLearning software is often compared to popular streaming services like Netflix – the way Netflix disrupted film distribution and revolutionized the moving watching tradition across the world. In the same way, the Learning Experience Platform combined with the eLearning software has altered the way eLearning courses are consumed till date. This next generation learning environment is now more engaging and features high-impact digital content.
LXP is built on the foundations laid by the learning management system. It is capable of curating and aggregating content, establishing learner pathways, enhancing skills and producing tailored content suiting every user’s requirement.
Having said that, social learning has been a prominent part of the LMS ever since its inception. LXP facilitates this channel pretty well and boosts collaboration and knowledge sharing among learners. It also helps captures the learning that happens outside of formal settings – i.e. on-the-job training.
Evolution of LXP
When iPod was launched in 2005, the sale went up to 42 million, thereby making Steve Jobs an IT legend across the world. Irrespective of the recession, soon there was a storm for the UX designers rose. And from this UX craze, grew several other mushrooms, which paved ways to new fields.
Instructional Design was among these mushrooms. As technology was booming, the software expectations were also shifting. In those days, Massive Open Online Courses were making their presence felt, thus introducing the digital learning era.
Right from courses provided by top universities like Harvard and MIT to more commoditized, and accessible courses across the web, Instructional Design was more or less leveraged to crafting a certain kind of learning experience.
The history of the evolution of UX to eLearning to LMS to AI-empowered Learning Experience Platform is much more complex. If you’re wondering why LXP is such hype these days and exactly what role it has to play in eLearning, let’s just put it in this way; ‘It matters. A lot.’
LXP – The Great Driver
Learning Experience enables the Instructional Designers to bring to the table most of their ‘design thinking’ as a tool to evaluate how effective online courses are.
eLearning courses are not created equal. Learners might be at times confused why they couldn’t finish their assigned course within the given timeline. Also, learners might find it difficult to yield the required knowledge from a module’s delivery style.
Without applying the design thinking principles to the course content, Instructional Designers will keep wondering —’But why didn’t this work?’ Enhancement in courses, solutions, and usability would never occur if at all Learning Experience Platform is not your priority.
The evolution of eLearning is simply not possible without design thinking because it is the soul of the learning management system. It’s time employers asked if their LMS platforms are working. Design thinking principles enable them with a tool with which to sift out the answers.
Ways successful LXP designers are evolving their eLearning experience –
- Creating flexible content and collaborate with ‘outside’ influences (like social networks) to boost engagement
- Leveraging digital transformation technologies to create collaboration between instructor and learners, peer-to-peer, and real-world experiences
- Creating learning opportunities through which learners can have more control over courseware, adaptive learning tools, customized course models, assignments, and assessments to name a few
So… what’s next?
With everyone’s focus shifting on Learning Experience Platform, learning data will certainly continue to lead as far as decision-making goes. LMS will transform more into design-led experiences that will create an impact in eLearning industry. LXP will be empowered by tools that will consistently enhance and realign the learning curve so that it’s more and more attuned with students.