What are the differences between an LMS and AO (ARticulate online)?
Hi Kara! Hope you're doing well
It really depends on which LMS you'd want to compare to Articulate Online. LMS services can vary.
If you haven't seen it already, you may want to take a look at Articulate Online's features:
Articulate Online - Features
If you're wanting to compare AO and a specific LMS, that page may provide some helpful information. If you need some specific details about AO, just let me know. I'll try to find whatever information you need
Can you tell me the basics of how an LMS is different than AO...
What can an LMS with all the bells and whistles do that AO can't?
I just don't get what the difference is.
I don't have a lot of experience with AO but I think a key difference would be that AO is solely focused on delivering content developed with Articulate tools whereas other LMS systems provide other education related tools and administrative features. If all you need to do is deliver and track Articulate content then AO is probably all you need. If you need other features like quizzes, forums, and web conferencing or you need to make other types of resources like documents or video available then you may need a full on LMS system.
I only use Articulate Online, so I may not be the best person to answer that question. The best thing to do would be to find a list of features for an LMS and see if there are differences that you like or don't like.
For example, Moodle is one we hear about a lot on the forums. Most LMS providers will have an "about" or "features" page that you can check out. Here's Moodle's.