What is an LXP? (Learning Experience Platform)

The LMS hasn’t died, it’s just evolved into an LXP.

Cassie Gasson Chief Marketing Officer

What is an LXP? (Learning Experience Platform)

A question we get asked a lot - “Can an LXP replace an LMS?” The answer is absolutely

The best learning experience platforms have all the functionality of a traditional learning management system and so much more. We like to think of it as a natural evolution of the LMS and here’s why…

What is an LXP?

Let’s begin with the definition: A Learning Experience Platform (LXP) is a tool that enables end users to capture, share and consume content and knowledge from internal and external sources through the means of a personalised and continuously adaptive experience.

But what does this mean in reality? 

It means an LXP has a range of additional features that replicate the technology we use every day and meet the expectations of modern day consumers. 


Personalisation is core to any LXP and I don’t mean just changing the layout of the homepage. THRIVE LXP, for example, learns from behaviours, skills and interests. 

We ask users what they want to learn and what they can teach others. We track their behaviour to feed them relevant content and people recommendations so they’re seeing what they need, when they need it. This is personalisation with a purpose.


LMSs are about the administrator whereas LXPs are very much about the learner. Essentially, what an LXP does is ask how do we give the end user the best learning experience possible?

LXPs are better equipped to allow users to develop themselves in all sorts of subjects, above and beyond mandatory training. It’s not “you must do this training now.” It’s self-directed learning. Personalisation really helps with this, it gives your people the right tools to access and discover the right content when they’re ready to learn.

User-generated content

User generated content (UGC) is any form of content, such as images, videos, text, and audio, that has been posted by users. Every day of our lives we absorb UGC. In fact, 92% of people trust another person’s recommendation over branded content.

How many times do we look at a quick YouTube video as a guide to help us with a task in our everyday lives?  An LXP supports UGC and that’s really going to drive social learning and knowledge sharing in your organisation.


An obvious one. Traditional LMSs generally use dated technology which limits their evolution to what you need. At THRIVE, we’re always adding new features. In the past year, we’ve added 23 major LXP releases including broadcasts, browser extension, Linkedin Learning auto curation and much more. Our LXP uses next-gen technology so if there’s a feature that you need adding, it’s possible for us to research and add to make your life easier. 


Another big difference between an LMS and LXP is data. LXPs have analytics and reporting but there are two key differences.

LMSs are all about tracking compliance and completion, which an LXP does. But an LXP will also track engagement. Every view, like, share, comment and post is reported on to help you better understand your people, evolve your learning strategy and easily measure performance. Data presented in this way to your admins makes their decision-making process so much easier.

So that’s it. An evolution in learning. 

Interested in finding out more about THRIVE LXP and how it differs from a traditional LMS? Download this free guide and start on the path to giving your modern learners a learning platform they deserve.

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