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

MATRIX vs. Percipio by Skillsoft

Introduction

This is a detailed comparison between MATRIX and Percipio by Skillsoft, 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.

Percipio, a product of Skillsoft, is a Learning Experience Platform with a set of modules and built-in courses that provide online training on different topics.

MATRIX Business portal

User interface

MATRIX has an intuitive, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. MATRIX provides attractive tile-based dashboards for learners, instructors, and administrators, and a graphical resources catalog. The class and main admin dashboard can be customized with built-in widgets, ad-hoc reporting widgets, and custom HTML widgets. MATRIX also has a unique “activity display” feature that indicates the level of activity within courses and groups using a pulsing indicator on their tiles together with real-time widgets that scroll through the latest activities.

Percipio has a tile-based Library where learners can select what they want to learn and choose a subject within the selected field. The catalog tiles have images and offer a limited set of information such as the name of the course and the description.

The Percipio learner dashboard, although it has a tile-based layout, is not as visually attractive as the MATRIX one. The tiles offer just a few details such as the name of the course, an image, and the number of likes gathered by the course. On the learner dashboard, the courses that were started by the learner and the courses that are recommended to the learner by Percipio are listed separately.

Dashboards in Percipio have filtering and reporting features, but they are missing important customization options. The dashboards have a simplistic design in comparison to the MATRIX dashboard and there isn’t an option to add custom widgets to visualize important information.

MATRIX has a simple and intuitive pop-out navigation that makes it easy for users to go to any area of the platform.

In Percipio, the navigation is quite simple and it's done via a few tabs on the site header and drop-down menus.

MATRIX makes it easy to create beautiful courses and organize content, allowing users to display a row or tile layout. There is also a quick tile editor to change the image and color for each module. Each module can have a description and displays important information such as badges and certificates awarded, which modules are locked, and progress icons for each module.

In Percipio, current and recommended courses are displayed on the dashboard. When a user visits a course, the content is divided into sections and the sections are displayed as a list. The sections don’t have tiles and images, they only have a title, the duration, and indicate the progress of the user.

MATRIX offers support for 40+ languages and mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Percipio supports 4 languages and when you change the language the course content also changes to the selected language. Compared to MATRIX, Percipio only has iOS and Android mobile apps.

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.

Percipio also has an online help center with searchable help content, getting started videos, and a live help which is the quickest way to get in touch with their support team.

MATRIX Help center

Features

MATRIX provides a much more extensive feature set than Percipio. MATRIX is a learning management system and a complete solution for organizations that want to create and sell beautiful online courses. Percipio, being a learning experience platform, is missing some important key features that companies might require such as advanced automation, adaptive learning, integrated e-commerce functionality, gamification, ad-hoc reporting, instructor-led courses, and more.

Creating courses

MATRIX offers a wide range of course options to help companies deliver the type of training that they need, whether it’s instructor-led, self-paced, blended or micro learning.

Percipio comes with a number of built-in courses where learners can select what they want to learn about, according to their field of interest. Administrators also have the possibility to create custom content by uploading standard-based packages, files, and external links then adding them to a custom channel.

Evaluating performance

MATRIX offers 15 types of assessments, including quizzes, surveys, Dropbox, LTI, discussions, and essays. Instructors can easily see a centralized view of learners’ scores, quickly add results, and make changes through the Scores tab.

In Percipio, when learners finish one of the built-in courses, they can take an assessment. These assessments are quizzes with multiple choice answers. After taking the assessment, learners get feedback to see which answers were marked correctly and incorrectly. If learners fail to take the assessment, they can retake it as many times as needed to attain a passing score.

Percipio doesn’t have a Scores tab. Administrators can follow the results on the Assignment dashboard which provides insight into assignments, including learner engagement and associated business objectives, across the Percipio site.

Tracking progress

In MATRIX, analytics allows instructors to view useful information such as the overall progress of learners and the progress of individual learners through modules, assessments, mastery, and more. The ad-hoc reporting feature allows users to select the data that they want to report on such as users, classes, paths, organizations, awards and more. These reports can be customized further by selecting a variety of fields, using filtering options, by sorting and grouping data based on different parameters, and choosing multiple chart outputs.

In Percipio, administrators can run reports that provide several views of operational data that help with analyzing activity within the platform. The available reports include channel summary, collections, executive, audience summary reports and more.

Collaboration and communication

MATRIX makes it easy for learners and instructors to communicate, encouraging collaboration between users with tools such as chat, built-in messaging with bidirectional email integration, the option to add users as friends, forums, groups, and blogs.

Percipio doesn’t offer any messaging or collaboration features in its platform where learners could message administrators or other learners if they have questions regarding the course.

Engagement

MATRIX makes learning more engaging through features such as automation, gamification, and adaptive learning.

In Percipio, administrators can add rules that manage course visibility and team automation rules. When learners finish courses and take the assessment, they can be awarded completion certificates. These are very limited options considering that in MATRIX, users can add rules to many areas of the platform such as courses, groups, e-commerce, mastery, and accounts.

Percipio doesn’t have a gamification feature. In comparison, MATRIX has a gamification feature where users can earn points and badges by completing tasks in courses, learning paths, and overall in the platform.

Personalization

The MATRIX automation feature makes training and learning more flexible by allowing users to trigger actions in courses, modules, sections, scores, assessments, learning paths, goals, groups, game levels, accounts, mastery, and e-commerce.

Percipio supports a basic form of automation. You can add rules that moderate course availability and you can create batch import rules and team automation rules.

In MATRIX, you can use the adaptive learning feature, which is based on automation, to dynamically personalize what content and assessments learners see in courses depending on their performance. Percipio doesn’t have an adaptive learning feature.

Selling courses

MATRIX offers integrated e-commerce functionality and allows users to sell courses, learning paths, bundles, subscriptions, and digital media. MATRIX also provides a wide range of options for marketing learning content, such as course reviews, MailChimp integration, and SEO features.

Percipio doesn’t have an e-commerce feature, a public course catalog or the option to sell courses.

Here are the features included in MATRIX that are not supported by Percipio:

User interface

  • Full-screen customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Scores tab
  • Customizable Dashboard widgets
  • Activity display

Content and assessment

  • Debate, essay, team, Dropbox, LTI, and discussion, attendance, offline assignment types
  • Instructor-led and Blended learning courses
  • Course templates
  • Adaptive learning
  • Drip content
  • Archiving courses
  • Scores table
  • Graphical badges gallery
  • Report widgets
  • Tagging

Collaboration

  • Social networking
  • Built-in messaging with bidirectional email integration
  • Messaging
  • Course forum
  • Course blog
  • Wikis
  • Public blog
  • Public profiles

E-commerce and marketing tools

  • E-commerce integration
  • Selling courses
  • Selling digital media
  • Selling subscription plans
  • Selling course bundles
  • SEO features
  • Course reviews
  • Purchase orders

Integrations

  • Integration with your own email server
  • Integration with 1,500+ apps via Zapier
  • MailChimp
  • CCF and QTI standards
  • Panopto
  • CometChat
  • Google Workspace
  • OneDrive
  • Office 365
  • Equella
  • Google Drive
  • MathJax
  • Salesforce
  • MS OneNote
  • MS Immersive Reader
  • H5P
  • Udemy

Web conferencing tools

  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • MS Teams
  • Google Meet
  • Kaltura

Payment gateways

  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • Authorize.net
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • Stripe
  • PagSeguro
  • Flywire

Other

  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • Archiving learners
  • Resell under your own brand
  • Ad-hoc reporting

MATRIX Course catalog

Cost

MATRIX LMS plans range from $249/month for 50 active learners (yearly billing), to $2,999/month for 3,500 active learners. 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.

Percipio pricing isn’t public. Organizations that want to invest in Percipio, can get a personalized quote based on the built-in content collection that they will use on the platform. Depending on the collection, a basic collection can cost as low as $5/user for 1,000 - 1700 users and it can go up to $90/user for 1,000 - 1,700 users in the case of enterprise collections.

MATRIX Course page

Summary

This was a comparison of the most important feature differences between MATRIX and Percipio by Skillsoft.

If you are looking to invest in an LMS, MATRIX is a better alternative, since Percipio is a learning experience platform and has a different approach to online learning. MATRIX offers a more comprehensive solution for training employees, clients, and partners and it also offers the possibility of selling online courses to external audiences.

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

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in August 2020 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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