What is an



A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a professional software solution for authors, teams and organizations to create, manage and deliver learning content.

The typical users of an LCMS are the people involved in content production and delivery, such as:

  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Instructional Designers (IDs)
  • E-learning authors
  • Project managers
  • Learning and corporate academy managers
  • Quality inspectors
  • Chief Learning Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.

Within an LCMS environment they can collaborate to carry out their tasks.

The key functionalities of an LCMS

Authoring & revisions

With respect to independent authoring tools, the authoring environment of an LMCS is thought for collaborative authoring and is template-based, so that the content production is easy, fast and consistent in terms of quality and attractiveness. Within an LCMS, authoring is usually conceived as single-source, so that content is produced once and can be repurposed into different output formats, such as SCORM compliant learning objects, textual lesson notes or teacher’s guides and so on. In other words, an LCMS is thought to support and streamline the content production for blended learning and various pedagogic approaches.

Content management system

An LCMS typically revolves around a digital repository that acts as a content management system, where learning material is indexed and easily made available for reuse and repurposing.

Project managment

An LCMS conceives course production in terms of projects, whose resources need to be managed efficiently through clear team allocation, tasks and deadlines. Workflow automation of content production is another typical feature of an LCMS. The different processes related to content production and delivery can often be represented in terms of procedural flows and the LCMS helps to organize the work and ensure compliance.


Typically, an LMCS allows for the production of multiple outputs and it is interfaced with a Learning Management System (LMS).

What are the benefits of an LCMS?

An LCMS is mostly useful for those authors and companies working with high volumes of course production. However, the adoption of a professional tool to support knowledge content production and delivery can benefit every company who wants achieve business excellence. In facts, an LCMS can help reducing the time-to-market to train a workforce, developing talents and nurturing its knowledge assets.

Where is learning content production heading to?

Reuse of knowledge

Smart working

Multiple output

Mobile learning