What is an LXP?

Learning Experience Platforms (or LXPs) are the latest technology advent to revolutionize the leadership industry. From LinkedIn to Training Industry, the buzz about LXPs has only grown since they first graced the stage in 2017. Whether you have heard of them or not, not everyone is exactly clear on what LXPs are or what they can do. Not to worry, though—this is your go-to guide on everything LXP and the capabilities they offer your learners.

Defining LXP

An LXP is an interface that allows learners to interact with multiple types of content in a single digital space. The focus of LXPs is to be as user-friendly as possible. According to Training Industry, they can provide “assessments, user-generated content, analytics” and more through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Leadership companies can leverage them to suit their learners’ individual learning preferences and ultimately see a return on their investment due to increased engagement with their product.

Learners benefit from the social and collaborative component of LXPs. There are profiles, polls, discussion posts and more that they may engage with. Facilitators can get involved beyond live sessions by responding to learners’ questions and thoughts and providing feedback on sustainment and micro-learning. LXPs are intuitive because they reflect the way people interact with other web platforms, such as blog posts or social media platforms. Discussion questions are laid out like a familiar comment section to mirror the larger internet experience. With an LXP, learners take agency over their training in a familiar digital landscape by deciding what materials they want to engage with.

LXP vs. LMS

So frankly, you might be wondering—what’s the hype? The leadership industry has thrived off learning management systems (LMS’s) for decades. And the truth is, it has for a reason. Both an LMS and an LXP are useful (and they can be integrated, so they’re not entirely mutually exclusive). But there are key elements to LXPs that make them a necessary and beneficial platform or add-on to an existing LMS.

Modern learners with busy work schedules can more easily navigate the interface of an LXP. LXPs are designed with flexibility in mind and allow users to train at their own pace, with content delivered in smaller sections than those offered in an LMS. This means that learners don’t spend hours finishing a single session and can more flexibly complete content on their own time.

Delivery Methods of an LXP

LXPs also offer various methods of content delivery, such as synchronous, asynchronous and polysynchronous learning. Synchronous learning allows learners to join a live event at the same time to participate in a facilitation, webinar or class

Design Features

Here are some of the many features an LXP can offer:

  • Engaging and intuitive user interface
  • Relevant content
  • Spaced learning
  • Support from a coach or moderator
  • Collaborative, peer learning
  • Multiple modalities, including ILT, remote ILT, virtual and digital blended offerings
  • Polysynchronous design: completing some content alongside peers and completing some content at an individual pace