• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

MATRIX vs. Cornerstone


MATRIX is a learning management system (LMS) for use by businesses, corporations, and other organizations. MATRIX helps companies manage all training activities, such as creating and delivering training content, evaluating employee performance, training clients and partners, and selling online courses. MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

Cornerstone LMS is a cloud-based learning management system that is part of Cornerstone on Demand Learning suite.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

The MATRIX interface is a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for learners, instructors and administrators, a graphical course catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize module material.

The Cornerstone interface is modern but not quite as graphical, and seems harder to use by people with little or no technical skills. For example, some users might find it hard to create their own courses since the system lacks a built-in content authoring tool. Instructors have to rely on a third party tool and third party content.

The Cornerstone implementation process and general configuration usually takes longer and companies might need to hire a full time system administrator.

MATRIX Learner dashboard

Ease of use

MATRIX is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center, with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. MATRIX also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours.

Cornerstone offers support via phone, forum, a knowledge base and through a client community center.

MATRIX Help center


MATRIX provides the range of functionality you’d expect in a modern LMS, such as support for courses (instructor-led, blended, and self-paced), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, a customizable portal, web conferencing, collaboration tools, curricula and proficiencies, resources catalog, and more.

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, and GoToMeeting. We support industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, Equella, QTI, LDAP, and SMTP/POP3.

Cornerstone functionalities are arranged into different modules, instead of keeping everything together for easy management and increased productivity. Collaboration tools, E-commerce, and Integrations are all separate modules. This means that businesses that want to use any of these modules have to pay an additional cost.

Here is a list of the features included with MATRIX that are not supported by Cornerstone:

User Interface

  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Modern avatar library
  • Automatic language translation for messages and forums
  • Native app for Windows
  • Branded mobile apps


  • Built-in content authoring tool
  • Drip content
  • Gamification
  • Record video from browser
  • Record audio from browser


  • Chat
  • Built-in Skype integration

Analytics and assessments

  • Assessment types such as essays, LTI assessments, etc.
  • Personalized assessments


  • Affiliates
  • SEO features
  • Subscriptions
  • Bundles
  • Integration with Stripe, Authorize.net, PayPal, PayPal Payments Pro, PayUbiz, PayU Latam


  • Integration with 1000+ apps via Zapier
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Office 365 Single Sign-on
  • Equella integration
  • LTI, QTI, and CCF standards
  • Built-in MailChimp integration
  • Plagiarism detection via Turnitin integration
  • Plagiarism detection via Unicheck integration


  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • Archiving learners
  • See online users
  • Terms and conditions
  • Video transcoding
  • Seating charts

MATRIX Course catalog


MATRIX plans range from $149/month (yearly billing) for 20 active learners, to $2,699/month for 3,500 active learners. There is a discount for yearly billing. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs. Contact us for pricing over 3,500 active learners a month.

Cornerstone does not publicly disclose pricing plans. However, Cornerstone LMS does have an implementation fee and the total price increases significantly when users might find themselves in need of purchasing different modules for collaboration tools, content, advanced reporting, and e-commerce as part of the Cornerstone Learning suite.

MATRIX Course page


MATRIX is an LMS for managing all e-learning activities such as delivering training, tracking employee performance, and selling online courses.

MATRIX is more attractive, easier to use, and has a bigger feature set than Cornerstone.

This presents a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and Cornerstone. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.


This comparison paper was written in February 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendor's sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

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