Differences between LMS and CMS

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, February 07, 2019

ELearning is becoming popular with the content management system (CMS) and the learning management system (LMS). These systems are progressive and offer ways to manage various aspects of eLearning courses. The key difference between a CMS and LMS application is that a CMS emphasizes “content”, whereas an LMS emphasizes “learning”.

Content Management System

A CMS is simply an application that provides a method for managing content from a central location. Users with appropriate authorization can edit, add, and view content, while those with lower level access can only view the content. These systems are very helpful with managing versions of a document and centralizing all aspects of a particular topic in one place A content management system helps prevent those issues so that everything is transparent and stored in one place.

Learning Management System

An LMS is a software application which is much stronger than a CMS. An LMS can plan, deliver, and manage all the learning requirements of an organization. With an LMS you can make courses available, manage enrolments, checking learner’s eligibility, and provide reminders of class schedules, record course completion and develop tests. It is a platform to manage blended learning which includes conventional classroom learning and online learning. Unlike CMS, LMS is more of a training control system. An LMS application functions as a repository of eLearning courses. It tracks the learning progress and maintains a track of scores that the learners receive. Additionally, an LMS assists trainers to prepare reports, design assignments, and send reminders to learners.

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An Enterprise CMS for is perfect for providing large volumes of business documents such as all work related word files, PDFs, powerpoints presentation and excel sheets. It offers easy to upload and sharing of documents among the team members and it allows multiple people to edit the same documents while avoiding conflicting changes.

A Web CMS is perfect for creating and managing a website. It allows multiple editors to create and edit web content like creating menus, sidebars, pages, sections and feedback forms and other potential options on a website.

A Learning Management System cannot be a website management tool, but it can handle all kinds of training related items and tasks.

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