The traditional Learning & Development process is in need of an upgrade. According to Josh Bersin, a veteran industry analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, the paradigm of the traditional Learning Management System is out of date. A Learning Management System (LMS), by definition, is a closed system that does not allow users to go beyond a set track or learning pathway. People no longer search course catalogs for “courses” the way they used to, and we need a way to train and learn “in the flow of work”.
Enter Learning Experience Platforms
Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen a major shift in the way organizations have been approaching their learning & development programs. This shift has led to the adoption of “Learning Experience Platforms” as a layer on top of their existing LMS.
Learning Experience Platforms are the new “in-thing” in corporate L&D. Josh Bersin has often referred to LXPs as the “Netflix for L&D”. The same way how Netflix has changed content consumption through its minimal interface that provides easy access to on-demand content and AI-driven recommendations that enable binge-watching content, a Learning Experience Platform aims to drive similar levels of engagement.
Instead of positioning LXP as a standalone technology, LXP vendors leverage a variety of existing LMS technologies to curate a more holistic L&D experience. These platforms often emulate new-age content consumption experiences, suggesting popular courses/skills, customized channels that users can follow and recommendations based on an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
In a very short period of time, large enterprises like HP, Qualcomm and Credit Suisse have been making the shift from approaching L&D as a “must-have” to turning it into a continuous, experiential journey for their employees. Today, the LXP market is worth over $350M already.
With the market rapidly expanding, this has paved the way for several new-age companies that are competing to be crowned the king of the LXP market. Below is an overview of some of the Learning Experience Platforms that exist in the market.
1. DeveLoop: DeveLoop, by Sproutlogix, is an Adaptive Learning Experience (ALX) platform that individualizes Learning Journeys to each employee’s developmental needs for enterprises within any industry. DeveLoop uses concepts, such as social and spaced learning and the 70-20-10 model, to stimulate an engaging Netflix ™-like approach.
Integrating features such as kinesthetic activities, 360-degree feedback, recommendation engines, and captivating audio-visual learning resources, employees are offered an engaging, unique personalized learning experience. The platform’s AI Superbot Cavis acts as a coach, mentor and buddy to employees to guide and motivate them throughout their development. Plus, a recommendation engine makes developmental suggestions based on the employees’ growth needs. The learnings are suggested by data-based recommendations and are carefully picked to keep employees focused and engrossed.
2. Pathgather: Pathgather is a modern approach to enterprise learning that dramatically increases learning engagement and collaboration. It is an enterprise-level social learning platform with a beautiful and engaging interface that can empower your workforce to easily consolidate all learning resources, in one single platform. It’s social-learning platform unifies your current learning ecosystem by integrating with your current resources to become a single point to access all learning and development.
3. Percipio: Percipio is an award-winning intelligent learning platform that helps train organizations of any size. Designed for the modern learner, it delivers an intuitive design and a consumer-led experience to accelerate learning. The platform offers the choice of where, when and how to learn while delivering highly engaging multimodal content, curated into over 500 learning paths (channels).
4. EdCast: EdCast is an AI-powered Learning Experience Platform (LXP) and learning content management platform for unified discovery and personalized learning for enterprises within any industry. In order to engage employees, EdCast offers the tools to create a customized and branded online academy from which content can be delivered and progress can be tracked with individual employee profiles. Regular updates and continuous daily training can be shared with employees through the online academy, and courses or live streams can be accessed from any device for real-time training. It also allows employees to set goals and track progress from the portal, and employers or management can access a real-time view of expertise across the team in order to identify influential team members.
5. Degreed: Degreed is a smart-learning management system that gives employers more options when fortifying their workforce with knowledge. Employees are tracked using detailed profiles and analytics. Admins can quickly see which skills an individual has mastered and which areas need more attention. The system even offers tools to track informal learning activities like watching video content or reading books. The ability to see what each employee already knows and what they need to know streamlines the training process.
6. Grovo: Grovo is a cloud-based learning management system designed to teach professional skills and internet usage best practices through a proprietary microlearning approach. It offers over 4,500 video assessments and lessons that cover multiple topics such as social media, online marketing, and project management tools. Companies can also choose to upload their own content in the form of videos, PowerPoint presentations and documents as well as create their own training assessments to ensure employees are learning exactly what they intend. Reporting and analysis tools provide data on progress, strengths, and weaknesses.
7. Docebo: An artificial learning platform that is changing the way people learn in the workplace. Docebo is available in over 40 languages, making it a perfect AI learning platform for enterprise companies around the world. This learning platform combines formal, social and experiential learning with skills management to maximize learner performance.
8. SAP SuccessFactor: It combines social learning, learning analysis and content management as part of the learning management module. One feature, iContent or “content-as-a-service” allows companies to manage digital learning materials, including course materials, training videos, and presentations. It also comes with the Jam social collaboration tool built-in. With Jam, employees can create training materials, record videos and share content, ideas or discussion topics throughout the organization.
Are you ready to boost revenue, create a more stimulating L&D environment and derive the maximum potential you can from your employee? The path lies in determining the perfect learning experience program for your organization. Depending on what you want to achieve from your training, it’s important to identify the features you need to have and identify how they align with the features offered by the platforms. Focus on evaluating your organization’s requirements, your users’ needs, and the experience that each platform provides to find the right solution to bring your L&D function up to date.