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

MATRIX vs. TalentLMS

Introduction

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.

TalentLMS is a cloud-based learning management system for SMBs, owned by Epignosis.

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 TalentLMS interface is simple, mostly text-based and lacks visual elements that could make it easier to use. There are no tiled-based dashboards for users, no graphical course catalog, and no full-screen option, which might make it harder to navigate by users.

TalentLMS provides a "customizable portal" but lacks many functionalities that MATRIX has, such as the ability to use various panels, social media links, a portal blog, a custom footer, and SEO features.

The TalentLMS course catalog is not very attractive and does not support categories and subcategories, which makes it difficult for companies with a lot of courses to organize their content.

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 24/5.

TalentLMS is relatively easy to understand, has a help center with guides and a support center where users can ask questions and make suggestions.

MATRIX Help center

Features

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

MATRIX integrates with a wide variety of systems, including G Suite, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Office 365, OneDrive, GoToMeeting, GoToTraining, Zoom, WebEx, and Skype for Business.

TalentLMS lacks many of the essential features that companies require for training such as learning paths, competency-based learning, multiple assessment types, collaboration tools, calendar, and more.

The platform does include some automation, but it’s not as comprehensive compared to MATRIX, and it’s mostly based on sending custom notifications and assigning learners to courses. The automation feature available in TalentLMS does not have the concept of drip content for scheduling learner access to content, and there is no way of automatically awarding badges and certificates, enrolling learners in groups, invoking xAPI, Webhooks, and more.

Courses have a simple layout and there is no visual way of displaying modules. There are no activity feeds in courses, no collaboration tools, and no graphical representation of learning progress visible on the course landing page. The content editor is limited and does not provide all the customization options that companies usually require for instructional design.

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

User Interface

  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Customizable welcome pages
  • Windows mobile app
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Automatic language translation for messages and forums

Content

  • Content sync
  • Adaptive learning
  • Waitlists
  • Certificates of completion
  • Prerequisite certificates
  • Archiving courses
  • Badge builder
  • Path templates

Collaboration

  • Social networking
  • Chat
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Newsfeeds
  • Calendar
  • Public blog
  • Teams

Assessment

  • Essay, team, debate, Dropbox, and discussion assessment types
  • Mastery and learning outcomes
  • Attendance tools
  • Personalized assessments

E-commerce

  • Support for bundles
  • Support for digital media
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Flexible coupon codes

Integrations

  • Integration with your own email server
  • Salesforce
  • Office 365
  • OneDrive
  • Equella integration
  • LTI, QTI and CCF standards
  • MailChimp
  • CometChat
  • Panopto
  • Skype for Business
  • WebEx integration
  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • Authorize.net
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam

Other

  • Resell under your own brand
  • Archiving learners
  • Learner help desk
  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • SEO features
  • Manager and teaching-assistant account types

MATRIX Course catalog

Cost

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.

TalentLMS offers a free standard plan for up to 5 users and 10 courses. Their paid plans range from $29/month for up to 25 users to $349/month for up to 1,000 users. The platform also offers unlimited plans that allows for an unlimited number of users.

Although MATRIX may seem more expensive than TalentLMS, it provides a larger set of features for the same amount of users. In fact, all plans that have more than 100 users (Silver+) benefit from the full range of MATRIX features.

MATRIX Course page

Summary

This presents a comparison of the most important features between MATRIX and TalentLMS.

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 TalentLMS. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' 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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