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

MATRIX vs. Bridge


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.

Bridge is a cloud-based learning solution for businesses. The platform is a product of Instructure.

MATRIX Business portal matrix vs bridge lms comparison

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.

Many features can be enabled and disabled to suit your company’s needs. MATRIX offers native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows.

The Bridge interface is easy to use with a simple layout. Its philosophy is that the LMS should be kept simple, mobile and engaging. There are no tile-based dashboards and no graphical course catalog. The interface is responsive, but it doesn’t provide native mobile apps.

MATRIX Learner dashboard matrix vs bridge lms comparison

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.

Bridge is easy to understand and use. Bridge offers support through chat, email, and a support center.

MATRIX Help center matrix vs bridge lms comparison

Features MATRIX vs Bridge

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.

Bridge provides a smaller feature set such as a simpler course catalog, fewer assessment options and most importantly, does not provide gamification features.

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

User Interface

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


  • Gamification
  • Automation
  • Content sync
  • Course templates
  • Drip content
  • Micro learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Compliance
  • Waitlists
  • Certificates of completion
  • Prerequisite certificates
  • Mastery and learning outcomes
  • Course ratings and reviews


  • Activity feeds
  • Social networking
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Chat
  • Forums
  • Teams
  • Organizations


  • Rich set of assessment types such as essays and discussion assignments
  • Personalized assessments
  • Custom reports
  • Scheduled reports
  • Attendance tools


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


  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • Salesforce
  • Office 365
  • OneDrive
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • Skype for Business
  • Equella integration
  • LTI, QTI, and CCF standards
  • Integration with your own email server
  • PayPal
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe integration
  • Mailchimp
  • Panopto
  • CometChat


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

MATRIX Course catalog matrix vs bridge lms comparison


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.

Bridge is around $9,000 for 500 users (yearly billing), with a one-time implementation fee starting from $5,000 up to $25,000, and a yearly support fee starting at $1,700 for 500 users.

MATRIX Course page matrix vs bridge lms comparison


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

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


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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