Differences between an LMS and LRS

What are the differences between an LMS and LRS? Do you need both? What can and can’t each piece do?

We’ve compiled below a list of capabilities of an LMS. This is to illustrate the point that the LRS will not, and is not intended to, replace the LMS. The LRS simply stores all of the learning data as a component of an LMS.

differences between an LMS and LRS

Remember an LRS allows a school to store, sort and share all of their learning data. At the most basic level, that is the function of an LRS.

Capabilities of an LMS

  • Track compliance requirements
  • Email integration
  • Forums for collaboration
  • Gradebook
  • Announcements
  • RSS feed integration
  • Learner groups
  • Student/Teacher dashboards
  • Course dashboards
  • Wiki’s
  • Competency management
  • Talent management
  • Skill gap analysis
  • Manage users, roles, instructors and facilities
  • …and so much more

So we’ve scratched the surface. Again the LRS is meant to augment the capabilities of an LMS by storing, sorting and sharing all of the learning data collected within the LMS.

Read more about the “Why” behind the LMS and why K-12 education needs to adopt this concept.