A true LMS does something that the early learning machines that Lazerte and Pressley created couldn’t. A true LMS manages all parts of the learning process in one place for both administrators of learning and the learners themselves. By giving organisations one singular point for all things learning, the first LMSs, like the now-archaic PLATO, were able to add a level of control and measurement to a usually indeterminable field.
But where next?
Innovation always plows on, and as LMSs usurped their predecessors, so will the future of learning technology usurp the LMS. But what will be the defining feature of these newcomers to the learn tech game? We already have a multitude of systems that can manage all the technical aspects of learning from start to finish.
Well, to use a quote from Dalsgaard in the heady days of 2006:
“...a limitation of the use of learning management systems to cover only administrative issues. Further, it is argued that students' self-governed learning processes are supported by providing students with personal tools and engaging them in different kinds of social networks.”
In short, just covering the administrative procedures of learning isn’t enough. The future of learning tech will influence how users feel about learning, and how they socialise with their peers in a learning environment.
Enter the Learning Experience Platform.
The future of learning tech
Make no mistakes about it, Learning Experience Platforms, or LXPs for short, are the future (and present) of corporate learning.
LXPs boast all the administrative power of the LMS that came before it, combined with social features and a focus on increasing meaningful engagement, rather than just test scores and ticked boxes.
Another aspect of the future of learn tech is the ease of access to learning content is becoming radically greater. If you look through the three stages of our learning technology outlined in this post, you can see a trend of easier access to learning content.
Learning machines - Require you to be physically in front of the machine with an administrator also present to calibrate it.
LMS - Can be accessed remotely but usually through a desktop or learning portal. Administrators can upload content remotely but need to manually create content.
LXP - Learners can access content wherever, whenever, however they want, with apps and offline capabilities to boot. Administrators can still upload and curate content, but learners can also create and disseminate their own content as well, populating the system faster and with a more diverse set of materials.
As technology progresses more and more, we'll continue to see our industry change at breakneck speeds. Being future-focused is crucial when it comes to selecting any technology provider, but as you can see from the historic journey we're on, it’s especially important when considering learning tech.
Find out how our future-focused platform is helping businesses around the world embrace social learning, or check out our features that embody the future of learning technology, so you can get a taste of tomorrow, today.