Microsoft Viva is here to help reimagine the employee experience in the digital era of hybrid workspaces.
Alone, Microsoft Viva is not a replacement for a dedicated LMS. However, when paired with such a platform—like LMS365—an organization’s employee learning is supersized, bringing enhanced productivity and engagement to hybrid learning environments.
“The LMS is really where critical things like compliance and professional development happens. We do not, absolutely, mean to replace the LMS. We are not going to be in a position to have the same level of specificity that an LMS can offer. Microsoft Viva interacts and interoperates with the LMS to give people the ability to view and search their entire learning catalog right within Teams.”
Microsoft General Manager of Enterprise Corporate Learning
Microsoft Viva is an Employee Experience Platform (EXP) that brings together modern technologies to centralize an organization’s knowledge sharing, employee learning, company insights, and team communications in one integrated employee experience.
As an extensible platform, Microsoft Viva can easily expand with each clients’ ecosystem of partners, while connecting to existing toolsets such as systems for HR, CRM, and Learning Management (LMS).
Microsoft Viva Learning’s focus is to deliver more personalized learning opportunities to employees. It serves as the “Google for Enterprise Learning”, connecting and surfacing all necessary learning content.
A learning management system (LMS), like LMS365, focuses on the effective administration and management of learning content for employees and the delivery of learning to users through the Microsoft Teams platform.
When used together, LMS365 and Microsoft Viva Learning create a complete learning experience in Microsoft Teams.
As Microsoft Viva Learning is not an LMS, you will still require a solution to effectively create, administer and manage learning opportunities for your team; LMS365 is the platform to execute these tasks, and your ticket to seamless LMS integration with Microsoft Viva inside Teams.
Create and deliver custom learning content
Need to get an important new compliance training out quick? Simply create custom content with the LMS365 Course Creator or upload premade SCORM and AICC packages into the LMS database to build structured training plans that employees can easily find through Viva Learning’s central hub search.
Engage with social and blended learning
Learning shouldn’t be solitary and stagnant. With LMS365, you can blend various content styles together—video, infographics, quizzes, and polls— into one concise training plan that can be pinned and shared through Microsoft Teams and centralized in the Viva Learning hub.
Ensure all learners receive the appropriate upskilling and role-specific training by automating the entire process in LMS365. Take the recommended courses from Viva to the next level by assigning predetermined trainings to learners, delivering them through Microsoft Teams, and tracking the progress through LMS365’s embedded analytics system.
The Microsoft Viva employee experience platform is made up of four distinct modules, with each of them bringing their own unique benefits:
- Viva Topics: A modern, organizational Wikipedia for skill sharing and content collaboration
- Viva Connections: An employee network or hub where all company information is centralized
- Viva Insights: A workplace analytics system, both for individual employees and managers
- Viva Learning: A central hub for discovering training from multiple LMS’ inside the flow of work
LMS365 is the only learning management platform built for seamless integration with the powerful Microsoft 365 suite—including the Microsoft Viva ecosystem.
Users will never have to leave the platform to access learning, working, training and collaboration tools.
With Microsoft Viva, Teams, SharePoint Online and the LMS365 Mobile App, learning is intuitively consumed in the current context, supporting a ‘Learning in the Flow of Work’ structure.
LMS365’s customizable, adaptable, and powerful features empower managers to tailor employee training to best fit each learner’s needs, more effectively preparing them for success in the hybrid workspace.
What is Microsoft Viva?
Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform (EXP) that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights. Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced primarily through Microsoft Teams, Viva fosters a culture where people and teams are empowered to be their best from anywhere.
There are four Microsoft Viva Modules:
- Microsoft Viva Connections
- Microsoft Viva Insights
- Microsoft Viva Topics
- Microsoft Viva Learning
You can learn more about Microsoft Viva on the Microsoft website.
Is Microsoft Viva Learning an LMS?
No – Microsoft Viva Learning can be seen as a learning experience platform (LXP) and not a replacement for your learning management system (LMS).
An LMS, such as LMS365, allows you to structure learning, going beyond course recommendations to actually assign, automate and track course completion, lending to more tailored skill development.
Microsoft Viva is a content aggregator—often referred to as “Google for learning”—placing all learning content from various systems into one centralized environment. Therefore, pairing an LMS with Microsoft Viva enables users to automate and actualize on the learning content collected in the Viva employee experience platform.
Is Microsoft Viva included with Microsoft 365?
Viva is partly included in Microsoft 365, specifically Viva Connections, Viva Insights, and Viva Learning.
However without an existing Microsoft subscription, there is a cost associated with Microsoft Viva. Currently, this cost is set at $4.00 per user/ per month. However, this price can vary depending on your country and/or region.
You can find up to date pricing on the Microsoft Viva website.
Can you create courses and custom content in Microsoft Viva Learning?
Partially. Viva Learning is primarily a collector and hub that holds all learning data that might come from external content authoring and creation tools, such as LinkedIn Learning, Coursera or LMS365. However, you will be able to use SharePoint to build documents and create basic courses with Microsoft elements (Docs, PPTs, PDFs, Videos, Audio etc.)
How does LMS365 work with Microsoft Viva?
Because LMS365 is the only learning management platform built into the Microsoft 365 suite, this will include easy integration with the Viva Employee Experience Platform.
LMS365 also integrates with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Power BI, and other applications to create a seamless learning experience within one centralized digital workspace.
In this way, both Viva and LMS365 become integrated pieces of the already robust Microsoft 365 suite of tools.