Corporate LMS vs Education LMS
Education LMS vs Corporate LMS
While both corporate LMS and education LMS provide the same basic functionalities, e.g. easy remote course access, content management and creation tools, etc, their main point of differentiation lies in their focus on the divergent needs of corporate and educational organizations.
While there is no hard and fast rule on using any particular type of LMS for each sector, it would be much easier on the user if the LMS he/she is using is optimized for the specific features his/her organization requires.
To clarify, let’s take a glance at some of the main differentiators of Corporate LMS and Education LMS
Type of training:
The type of training an LMS provides in corporate and educational institutions respectively is vastly different. An LMS for Education is more focused on offering deep knowledge and greater understanding of the courses, with firm theoretical and historical roots. Learners are encouraged to act on their curiosity and build more experiences for themselves. The focus of an education LMS is more on theoretical information rather than an entirely practical perspective.
Corporate LMS on the other hand, is designed to train the employees to use the knowledge that they already possess in a practical scenario.
An Education LMS does not need to update its course content too regularly as educational courses are based more on the sciences and humanities, which change at a much slower pace than the market needs. Since corporates work on the basis of ever changing business needs, it is imperative that the corporate LMS has the ability to frequently update the course content in time with the new developments.
Timeline management and course scheduling:
Education LMSs are designed to support common academic time units like academic years, semesters and so on, which means that course schedules are more rigid as compared to corporates as the academic timelines are known in advance. On the other hand, a corporate LMS has to allow a more flexible course schedule as the corporate timeline tends to fluctuate owing to various factors like changing business needs, market demands, etc.
The support culture of the LMS is another differentiating factor between corporate LMS and education LMS. The support provided for educational LMS focuses more on educational workflows and the support staff is well versed with common elearning issues related to academics and their solutions. Corporate LMSs focus on providing enterprise level support with the support staff being well trained in providing effective IT support for corporate needs.