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

MATRIX vs. Cornerstone


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.

Cornerstone LMS is a cloud-based learning management system that is part of the Cornerstone onDemand Learning suite.

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. MATRIX has native apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The Cornerstone interface is modern but not quite as graphical and seems harder to use by people with little or no technical skills. For example, some users might find it hard to create their own courses since the system lacks a built-in content authoring tool. Instructors must rely on a third-party tool and third-party content.

The Cornerstone implementation process and general configuration usually takes longer and companies might need to hire a full-time system administrator.

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.

Cornerstone offers support via phone, forum, a knowledge base and through a client community center.

MATRIX Help center


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.

Cornerstone functionalities are arranged into different modules, instead of keeping everything together for easy management and increased productivity. Collaboration tools, E-commerce, and Integrations are all separate modules. This means that businesses that want to use any of these modules must pay an additional fee.

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

User Interface

  • Automatic language translation for messages and forums posts
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Modern avatar library
  • Windows mobile app
  • Branded mobile apps


  • Built-in content authoring tool
  • Content sync
  • Drip content
  • Gamification
  • Adaptive learning
  • Waitlists
  • Path templates


  • Chat
  • Forums
  • Social networking
  • Teams
  • Public blog

Analytics and assessments

  • Assessment types such as essays, LTI assessments, etc.
  • Personalized assessments


  • Subscriptions
  • Bundles
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Bulk discounts


  • Integration with 1000+ apps via Zapier
  • GoToTraining
  • Zoom
  • Skype for Business
  • Office 365
  • Equella
  • LTI, QTI, and CCF standards
  • MailChimp
  • Stripe
  • Authorize.net
  • PayPal
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • Panopto
  • CometChat


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

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. Contact us for pricing over 3,500 active learners a month.

Cornerstone does not publicly disclose pricing plans. However, Cornerstone LMS does have an implementation fee and the total price increases significantly when users might find themselves in need of purchasing different modules for collaboration tools, content, advanced reporting, and e-commerce as part of the Cornerstone Learning suite.

MATRIX Course page


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

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 Cornerstone. 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.

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.