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

MATRIX vs. The Academy LMS

Introduction

This page is a detailed comparison between MATRIX and The Academy LMS, taking into consideration the features, functionality, and cost of each platform.

MATRIX is a learning management system (LMS) for use by small and medium-sized businesses, as well as large corporations. 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.

The Academy LMS is a web-based learning management and gamification platform for businesses of all sizes owned by Growth Engineering.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

The MATRIX interface has 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 and gamification for making the classes more challenging. The portal is fully customizable: colors, themes, logos, pictures.

The Academy LMS is focused on learner engagement by using tools like gamification (badges, points, leaderboards, and levels), social learning, and personalization.

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.

The Academy LMS is easy to use. It includes getting started guides, tutorial videos, and ongoing account management.

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, and self-paced), content authoring, integrated e-commerce functionality, graphical course catalog, beautiful module layouts, gamification, rules engine, 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, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and WebEx. We support industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, Equella, QTI, LDAP, and SMTP/POP3.

The Academy LMS provides a similar set of features.

Here is a list of some of the features included with MATRIX that are not supported by The Academy LMS:

User interface

  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical course catalog
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Customizable welcome pages
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Accessibility features
  • Windows mobile app
  • Branded mobile apps

Content

  • Content sync
  • Course templates
  • Path templates
  • Automation
  • Drip content
  • Adaptive learning
  • Micro learning
  • Archiving courses
  • Essay, debate, and discussion assessment types

Collaboration

  • Wikis
  • Social networking
  • Public blog
  • Teams

E-commerce

  • Subscriptions
  • Flexible coupon codes
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Bulk discounts

Integrations

  • GoToTraining
  • Skype for Business
  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • Integration with your own email server
  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • MailChimp
  • LTI, CCF and QTI standards
  • Panopto
  • CometChat

Other

  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • SEO features
  • Terms and conditions
  • Archiving learners
  • Networking of sites
  • Resell under your own brand
  • Seating charts

MATRIX Course catalog

Cost

MATRIX LMS plans range from $149/month (monthly 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. MATRIX offers advanced features, such as full e-commerce functionality in each of the pricing plans.

We have heard anecdotally that The Academy LMS charges between $3 to $5 per user monthly and has a set-up fee starting from $12,500 - depending on the number of users.

MATRIX Course page

Summary

This was a comparison of the most important features of MATRIX and The Academy LMS.

MATRIX is a more attractive and more comprehensive LMS than The Academy LMS, at a much lower cost for small businesses. MATRIX typically costs 5 times less than The Academy LMS for 500 active learners.

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Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in February 2019 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.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.