MATRIX vs. TalentLMS
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
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.
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
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.
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 and 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 the learner 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:
- Graphical dashboards
- Graphical resources catalog
- Native app for Windows
- Modern avatar library
- Support for more than 40+ languages
- Automatic language translation for messages and forums
- Social networking
- Activity feeds
Analytics and assessments
- Assessment types such as essays, team, debates, Dropbox, discussion, etc.
- Mastery and learning outcomes
- Attendance tools
- Personalized assessments
- Integration with PayPal Payments Pro, Authorize.net, PayUbiz, PayU Latam
- Support for bundles
- Support for digital media
- Course ratings and reviews
- Course overview pages
- 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
- Plagiarism detection via Unicheck
- Built-in Skype integration
- WebEx integration
- Resell under your own brand
- Archiving learners
- See online users
- Learner help desk
- Trash can for restoring deleted items
- Manager and teaching-assistant account types
- Prerequisite certificates
- Terms and conditions
- Networking of sites
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.
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
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.
This presents a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and TalentLMS. If you require additional information on MATRIX, please contact us.
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