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MATRIX vs The Academy LMS


This 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.


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. 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.

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


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 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 Google Workspace, Google Drive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, PayPal, Stripe,, Salesforce, Zapier, xAPI, Single sign-on with Microsoft 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

  • Support for more than 50 languages
  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical course catalog
  • Automatic translation of messages and forum posts
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Accessibility features
  • Branded mobile apps
  • Activity display


  • Content sync
  • Course templates
  • Path templates
  • Essay, debate, and discussion assessment types
  • Automation
  • Graphical badge builder and gallery
  • Drip content
  • Adaptive learning
  • Micro learning
  • Archiving courses
  • Question banks
  • Peer reviewed assessments
  • Offline mode
  • Content authoring
  • Learning paths
  • Gamification
  • Mastery and competencies


  • Wikis
  • Social networking
  • Public blog
  • Teams
  • Public profiles


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


  • Integration with your own email server
  • Mailchimp
  • Integration with 1,500+ apps via Zapier
  • LTI, CCF and QTI standards
  • Panopto
  • CometChat
  • H5P
  • MS Immersive Reader
  • MS OneNote
  • Go1
  • Udemy
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Salesforce

Web conferencing

  • GoToTraining
  • GoToWebinar
  • Google Meet
  • Kaltura
  • MS Teams

Payment gateways

  • PayPal Payments Pro
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • PagSeguro
  • Flywire


  • Trash can for restoring deleted items
  • SEO features
  • Terms and conditions
  • Archiving learners
  • Networking of sites
  • Resell under your own brand
  • Ratings and reviews
  • Waitlists
  • Attendance tools
  • Custom terminology


MATRIX LMS plans are based on the number of active learners. There are no standard 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.



This was a comparison of the most important feature differences between 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.

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


This comparison paper was written in May 2021 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.

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