If you're new to the concept of a Learning Content Management System (LCMS), it's almost painfully difficult to find clear and up-to-date answers to the most basic questions. Questions like:
- What is a Learning Content Management System?
- How is it different from my current tools?
- What does it provide that other tools don't?
Attempts to "clear up" the relationship between an LCMS and other alphabet-soup eLearning tools often get too tangled up in the minutiae to clarify anything. Plus, individual software varies a lot in terms of functionality and features, regardless of label.
All that can make it hard to understand the purpose of each type of software. To give you a clearer lay of the land, let's set aside exceptions and speak in generalities.
So, then: what purpose does an LCMS serve? And how does it fit into the eLearning ecosystem in 2019?