What is a Learning Experience Platform?
A Learning Experience Platform (or LXP) is a platform on which users can find e-learning that is relevant to them. It’s social, personalized, and puts the learner in charge. Learners determine what content to consume and when. This is a bottom-up way of organizing learning.
LXP vs LMS
LXPs and Learning Management Systems (LMS) both contain learning content and both enable learning. So what sets them apart?
You can think of an LMS like a TV: it broadcasts pre-programmed shows. You have to watch the news at 8 pm and a sitcom at 8:30 pm. This is programmed for you by the TV station. An LMS works like a television. The courses (shows) made available to you are determined by L&D department (the station) and you have to follow their lead in taking them. This is a formal top-down learning approach.
An LXP is more like Netflix. It’s a huge platform with lots of options and lets the user decide what to learn. Because it has an algorithm, it learns what learners like and will constantly offer content based on their preferences.
Together, LMSs and LXPs form the bottom half of this learning quadrant.
Best sources of content for your LXP
In order for employees to be able to search and find meaningful content, you need to first fill your LXP with it. After all, Netflix without shows and movies wouldn’t work.
Many companies choose to buy learning content (mostly courses) from vendors like LinkedIn Learning, Open Sesame, Udemy, Khan Academy and many others. This off-the-shelf content can help you populate your LXP quickly.
All LXPs enable employees to curate content. When you curate content you do not create content but rather you make existing content available for your peers. If you’re not an expert on a specific topic and you start googling or searching your company’s intranet, you’ll get an overwhelming amount of search results. Curation can help you out. Curation in LXPs mostly comes in the form of a playlist or a learning path. The curator is able to share selected content or links that way. But be mindful that proper content curation is more than just sharing links. Learn more about content curation best practices.
In addition to buying or curating content, employees can also create content themselves. At Easygenerator we call this approach Employee-generated Learning.