Totara Learn

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Totara Learn enables you to deliver learning effectively through individual learning plans which reflect your employees’ roles, training needs and objectives. Totara provides a functionally rich learning platform which can be implemented quickly and at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.

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Totara Learn review by Fred T.
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"BuildEmpire Review: We love the extensibility of Totara Learn!"

What do you like best?

Totara Learn is great for getting clients up and running with an advanced Learning Management System quickly. At BuildEmpire, we build custom solutions for our clients, and the fact that Totara Learn has some amazing features already means we can take the technology even further - in considerably less time than starting from scratch.

Examples of features we love are the seminar functionality (with attendance tracking and resource management), GDPR compliance, learning plans (allowing users or managers to build a customised syllabus of courses for each user or team) and the detailed reporting (completion reports and grades)… all of which are customisable. Totara Learn offers an enhanced platform for learning, not just standard courseware delivery.

What do you dislike?

Because there are so many features of Totara Learn and so much extensibility, it can be difficult for new administrators to get to grips with the system. Most administration teams will need some form of training. Of course, the good news is that Totara spend a great deal of time training and supporting their partners like us (BuildEmpire), so clients have the advantage of being able to work with a partner to avoid this problem.

One area for development for Totara would be to extend their platform further than just an LMS. We meet with clients who regularly need an LMS as part of a CMS, or who need an LMS to have a shop front, or a product catalogue. Currently, we are happy to integrate these additional platforms to sit alongside Totara Learn for our clients, but it is food for thought for Totara.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Totara Learn is a fully-fledged solution for learning management. There is very little you will want it to do that it cannot (within learning management!). If there are extra features you need, then this is where we come in! Totara is also very inexpensive to try out in the grand scheme of things. If you are considering Totara Learn as an LMS then get in touch, we don’t think you will be disappointed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently using Totara Learn for both commercial and university clients. Totara Learn is adaptable enough to be used in the academic sector as well as for staff training, where it is most popular. As I eluded to before, we have built Totara Learn on top of ecommerce platforms for clients, as well as developing a sophisticated cloud-based authoring tool (called thirst.io) to fit within Totara Learn as a plug-in. Totara Learn helps us offer clients a seamless eLearning portal, entirely customised for their needs. Totara Learn is the backbone to many of our solutions.

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Totara Learn review by Samantha H.
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"An affordable and flexible LMS "

What do you like best?

The report builder is probably the best functionality of Totara. With another LMS, you could spend hours building different bespoke reports to give you and/or the managers above you the information they need. But with Totara Learn, you can schedule pre-built and custom reports to send automatically, saving you a huge amount of time and effort.

What do you dislike?

There are really a lot of benefits to Totara compared to other truly expensive LMS providers, so it's hard to pick out any disadvantages. If you buy Totara straight off-the-shelf, it needs a bit of magic to make it look pretty, but most Totara partners will brand it with you colours and logos as a basic level package and it makes the LMS look really attractive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has been particularly good at managing online and offline training all in one system - a vital resource that also saves a lot of admin time.

What Corporate LMS solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Totara Learn review by Rickard S.
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"Freedom and flexibility"

What do you like best?

At Xtractor we really appreciate the flexibility of Totara Learn. We've implemented Totara for a rich variety of purposes, with user bases ranging from less than 100 users to high above 50 000. Both we and our clients also like the flexibility in terms of starting up quick and small, and then being able to smoothly move on into a larger scope at a later stage. This is supported both by a rich and highly configurable feature set, as well as as the wide range of API:s and plugins available.

On a more detailed level, some specific features we love would be *dynamic audiences* - making it possible to pin point the right learning, content and features to the right users, *fully responsive and accessible UX" - works great on any device, *dashboards and reports* - supports the right information to the right person in a flexible and user friendly way. As a Totara partner, we actually also do like the *freedom* that our clients experience, their easy exit possibilities (to move to another partner or do it themselves) really keeps us at our toes. And, did I mention *flexibility*..?

What do you dislike?

As a new admin, the first look at Totara Learn's capabilities can be a bit frightening - it is a feature rich platform with lots of possibilities. The trick to solve this is to have a dialogue with an experienced person, such as one of our LMS-consultants, who can guide you through the overall possibilities and, more importantly, guide you into the areas that are most relevant for you. The standard look'n'feel of Totara 'out-of-the-box' could be a bit more inspiring, but that's something that can easily be fixed and adapted into your organisation's brand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into it, try it out, get in touch..!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our clients are solving various business problems every day - ranging from basic 'launch-and-track' of learning to sophisticated blended learning programs, compliance training and integrated solutions where Totara is tightly connected to systems such as CRM, ERP and HR-systems. For us as a partner, our collaboration with Totara has really opened our eyes for the many advantages of open source based learning, where we're now actively involved not only in Totara but also in learning tools such as Adapt and H5P.

Totara Learn review by Markus D.
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"Totara Learn: LMS for the future"

What do you like best?

There are many features that Totara Learn LMS provide. The main features we like are as follows:

Positional framework: The position frameworks provide a basis for enhancing functionality such as Audiences and position bases reporting in the LMS

Competency frameworks: The competency framework allows for self- and manager assessment as well as competency gap analysis for role based competencies.

Appraisals: This is a feature that many companies require but there a lot of expensive tools that provide a solution but that is only available during office hours. With the feature being integrated in Totara Learn, it makes it easy for managers and learners to access the tool after hours.

Moodle based: As the system is based on Moodle, the customers can identify with the product. The feature also ensures that there is a big online user community and collaboration provides one with quick solutions. The online help files are also very good in providing basic guidance.

Easy implementation: The system is easy to implement and turnaround time is quick.

Customization: As it is open source, the system lends itself perfectly to be customised to suit the needs of the customer. Customers also change regularly and it makes it easy to comply with the changing needs.

Badges and Custom Certificates: This feature is a very popular feature that seems to promote learning and competition among learners.

Easy to use: The interface is intuitive a learners are able to easily navigate the various sections the LMS provides.

With continuous enhancements being made the product will evolve to one of the leading LMS providers if one looks at the Gartners FrontRunners Quadrant

What do you dislike?

The reporting feature is limited in it's functionality. There is a requirement to create comprehensive government reporting which requires data from various sections of the LMS into one report. This functionality is limited. One is however able to use third Party reporting software to extract the data and build the required reports. I am however sure that this issue will be addressed in future.

We have also found that there is a need for a lower subscriptions in what we refer to as "Tier 2" and "Tier 3" customers. They want a LMS but does not have the budget for an expensive version. They do however also want to utilise some of the features not offered by a Moodle implementation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure a proper governance framework exists to guide all issues related to learning and the integration of the LMS into the business. Stakeholder involvement in decisions will ensure that business takes ownership of the LMS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The LMS provides a platform for users to engage in self-paced learning. It has provided the learning team with a tool to establish a learning culture in the organisation. It has also highlighted the necessity of establishing a good learning governance framework. The basic reporting does provide the client with some information which would have otherwise been extracted and maintained in a excel sheet.

Totara Learn review by Richard C.
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"Totara. Learning Management. Solved."

What do you like best?

What do we like best about Totara Learn here at Team Chambury?

It's Flexibility; we can 'bend' Totara to meet our customer needs. Its open source and our developers can manipulate the code to make it truly reflect local needs.

It's Highly Configurable; there are so many configuration options we can make the LMS work exactly as our customers want stying within core functionality.

It's identity; the LMS can be made to look exactly like the customers website, reflect local branding and truly enable their staff to not raise they are in another system, This makes user engagement so much higher and easier.

It's Integration capabilities; linking to other internal systems providing single authentication from any device anywhere. Linking to HR systems to update user data and management hierarchies as often as required. We can also send data to external systems.

It's Online course building tools; you don't need fancy expensive authoring tools, Totara's core activity builder allows you to create interactive attractive content easily without any authoring experience. Yes you can upload or link to SCORM objects, but its not necessary.

It's Cost Effective; our customers don't like huge invoices that they would get with proprietary systems. It fits with public sector budgets.

It works on any device. Anywhere.

It's support. Even though it's open source there is a fully dedicated development team and technical support meaning that if, and I say if we get any issues, they are fixed, tested and released very quick. We get bug, security and new feature patches every month and a major upgrade every year - in 2018 we are getting two .!

What do you dislike?

We don't dislike much about Totara Learn. In fact I can't think of anything at all that we don't like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you want increased compliance, full user engagement and a team that understand what you want. Get in touch ..!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Increased Compliance. All our customer are celebrating and enjoying compliance in excess of 94%

User engagement. Staff who work for our customer love Totara. Over 90% log in every few weeks.

Professional development opportunities. We can manage CPD and revalidation processes in Totara. Professionals love it. It makes the LMS belong them to them and not just a tool to do the day to day training on.

Cost savings. We have case studies to prove how much time and therefore money it saves our customers. Staff complete training more readily and it automates most training admin tasks (it cant set up a room though!)

Accessibility. So simple. So easy.

Totara Learn review by Chloe P.
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"Continuously Evolving LMS"

What do you like best?

In my eyes, over the past 5 years of using Totara Learn, I have been pleasantly surprised by the growing functionality available to organizations. Both Totara and the Partners that implement Totara can add, developments, plugins, integrations to the platform at will. If there is an organizational requirement for a particular functionality, there is almost always a way to achieve this.

We love the power that we have to take control of our Information Security, being able to host the platform in any way we see fit. Whether that is an onsite self-hosted solution or a fully hosted solution by a partner who is fully secure and show a history of penetration testing. Organizations can feel confident that their information is safe and secure without the hardship of having to being tied down to an inflexible LMS.

What do you dislike?

No LMS is perfect, so we are very much looking forward to improvements around the reporting within the Performance Management functionality to improve. With some development work and time, co-funded by a group of clients, I am sure we can make this powerful functionality even more robust.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When considering Totara Learn, ensure that you pick the right partner to ensure your experience. Any partner can build developments you require at a cost. So ensuring the best customer service and the people to work with during your implementation and ongoing development of the product throughout the life cycle of your system will ensure you have the best possible experience. Listen to your partner about Best Practice on how to make the implementation successful, they have experience doing this and know what works to ensure the best possible journey.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many organizations have solved a multitude of challenges using Totara Learn exclusively and in conjunction with other systems. Healthcare has especially benefited from the audience targeting for compliance training in streamlining processes to make this function work a lot more efficiently. Within organizations there is often the issue of ensuring the HR data is where is needs to be to ensure the LMS can work to optimal level. Due to the nature of the system, we have been able to use implementations as a tool to cleanse a lot of data and improve processes, from management hierarchies, induction workflows, study leave, CPD, professional certifications, blended learning leadership programs, setting annual competencies, appraisal workflows and many other facets of the L&D function. Many L&D departments have been so capable of solving business challenges with Totara Learn that other departments, like HR, IT and IM&T have come to the L&D department for help!

Totara Learn review by Jordi A.
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"Actua Solutions Review (Jordi Aubia)"

What do you like best?

One of the best things of Totara is the position and organization hierarchies, and how it is imported from the client’s CRM. It allows us to create and focus to very concrete audiences.

Other great features are the possibility to manage teams (the manager role), the possibility to create programs, certifications and recertification and all the Appraisals and Feedback 360º.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, all the previous work to set up all the options that automates functions are little laborious.

Another thing that we miss is a mobile app. Even so, it's important to say that the responsive design of Totara learn allows you to use it in the mobile phone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main business problems that Totara Learn solves to our clients are all the related with corporate training and appraisals. Unlike other LMSs, Totara is focused in corporate learning, and the medium and big companies we work with discover a lot of features that are music to their ears.

For example, HR Import and the opportunity to transfer all their hierarchy of the company to their LMS, the possibility to evaluate performance of their team in the same platform where they are doing their training or the possibility to prepare programs and, especially, all the notifications that programs allow.

Totara Learn review by Jason M.
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"Highly flexible, scalable, and feature rich Corporate LMS"

What do you like best?

Feature rich and yet highly flexible to align to a user's specific functional requirements. Totara Learn offers the added flexibility of being hosted locally or by one of their partners in the cloud. Pretty cost effective solution that allows subscribers to invest their learning dollars to areas most impactful (UI, hosting, customizations, integrations, etc) .

What do you dislike?

The out of the box UI is pretty standard, but can be addressed by alternative themes options (Moodle and from Community) and/or UI customizations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend speaking with a couple different Totara partners. Each partner is pretty unique in their offering and presents subscribers a range of pricing and partner experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have had clients leverage the Totara Learn platform to solve business needs across employee training and development, compliance training, performance management, certification, product training, as well as continuing professional education.

Totara Learn review by Roger D.
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"Actua Solutions (Totara Partner based in Spain)"

What do you like best?

We love the Openness and the Freedom that Totara Learn offers. We are truly believers of the Open Source potential in the elearning sector even though many companies a decade ago were cautious about this technology because of the mistrust generated by unlicensed products. In this sense, since the beginning of our business we have trusted the Open Source Solutions, the User Communities that support them and the potential of collaboration to develop products that add value to the market.

We believe that OS Solutions give users freedom and therefore we believe in Open Source solutions not only from a technical point of view, but also ethical.

A good example of this commitment to Open Source Solutions is our Totara Learn partnership. Certainly, we have opted for an OS product because we believe in the potential of free and open source software.

Also, a crucial aspect of this technology is the possibility of great customization of the product at a reasonable cost.

On the other hand, in terms of functionality, Totara covers several functionalities that lack in Moodle, like HR Import, Hierarchies, Dynamic Audiences and Programs. These are added value to cover most of the Corporate Learning processes that Organizations demand and allow to automatise different workflows.

What do you dislike?

Nothing :)

Totara Learn is fully responsive but there's one thing that they don't offer yet and that's an official product for mobile devices. But do not panic: Totara confirmed that they'll work on a mobile app which will be released in the next few months.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Corporate Learning is requesting a demanding solution to accomplish their training goals. We help organizations to implement their Corporate Learning projects based in Totara Learn.

We offer solutions in two main levels: pedagogical and technological solutions. Thus, in some cases our job is to offer our expertise to implement the instructional design of courses according to the training and user needs. This part of the work is amazing when we act as a UX Consultants focused in the User Learning Experience. We love users who are happy enjoying their training.

On the other level, we develop plugins and Edtech solutions to cover different needs: integrations with other systems, new plugins, Web services to communicate data to other systems, etc. This part is also amazing because implies to understand clients and develop new tech solutions to cover thei needs.

Totara Learn review by Administrator in Medical Devices
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"Truly an LMS in a class by itself"

What do you like best?

1) UNIQUELY OPEN-SOURCE: Totara in my opinion is the best of both worlds being open source yet backed by a profitable long standing company and supported by a very strong and broad Totara partner network. 2) ROOT IN TRUE LEARNING: Totara (Moodle) was at inception built with Universities in mind rather than corporate compliance training. As a result, its capabilities are far more empowering than large corporate LMS solutions. At the same time, it still can be CFR Part 11 validated and used within business. 3) Cost - Our solution is global and open to all of our potential customers. No license fees. Only a low cost SLA & subscription with a Totara partner for support.

What do you dislike?

I have been using Totara for six years now. I am surprised to say that I like the solution more and more each successive year. I still have not leveraged all that it can do. The built-in exam tool is perhaps the most powerful around but there is still room for further improvement from a usability standpoint. Reporting is powerful but again I would like to see even more capabilities in this area. Out of the box, it is not very pretty but it is easy to purchase an amazing theme and also supports multi-tenancy for themes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find a Totara premium partner. Check out multiple partners to find the one that fits you best. Although we are in the US, we choose a partner out of the UK that also had an office in the US. This has worked exceptionally well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used to provide training to very large global audience both internal and external. Our costs have gone way down, with the help of the Totara partner we are able to administrate it ourselves and can publish courses in a third of the time. Our solution won a prestigious award within our company because of the benefits achieved.

Totara Learn review by Administrator in E-Learning
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"Totara LMS"

What do you like best?

Tonnes of functionality to create your own courses, create audiences, set hierarchies and automate your workflows and user engagement

What do you dislike?

It can be tricky to start with, but once you understand the ins and outs - it becomes much easier. The totara expert training is recommended, along with external training to get you going

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth working with a provider to implement the system. Start off small and then add the extra features, the more confident you become in the system.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create multiple organisations within the system. I like how i can assign a manager to a set of users, they can also then receive automated reports on an ongoing basis.

Totara Learn review by Alison L.
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"Totara Learn"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that I can access everything in one place and being able to extract essential information to assure the business.

What do you dislike?

As an administrator of the system, it is often frustrating having to log out and in when you log in as another user. I think searching for an individual could be easier too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Trial it, like it and buy it! I've not worked with any other system like Totara but have the utmost faith in its capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compliance levels for training, it benefits the organisation tremendously that we can evidence our compliance at speed.

Totara Learn review by Rodrigo B.
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"The most flexible LMS in the market"

What do you like best?

Totara Learn give you the possibility of adapt the system according to your business objectives and users circunstances.

What do you dislike?

Most of the opportunities for creating a better solution are been applied at this moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try Totara as this is the only Open Source LMS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We help clients in LATAM by implementing and customizing Totara Learn according to their needs.

Totara Learn review by Matt M.
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"Totara Learn "

What do you like best?

I love how configurable this LMS is. Excellent blended learning and sophisticated learner journey functionality. Impressive integration abilities. The audiences feature is particularly powerful, in combination with certifications and programmes. Totara must be the best value LMS out there today, taking into account feature-richness, in-built APIs, and configurability.

What do you dislike?

The theming potential is huge, but it could be easier for administrators to configure. The appraisal features are comparatively new, and there's scope for improvement there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Totara is easily capable of managing the compliance needs of an Enterprise organisation, with large, diverse workforces, and complex regulatory requirements.

Totara Learn review by Ignacio J. H.
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"Totara Learn is an efficient learning platform with unlimited possibilities "

What do you like best?

The Flexibility and personalised plans.

What do you dislike?

Theres really nothing to dislike about Totara platform

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can do the investment Totara is a platform that will give please your learning solutions and evolve with technologies and time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are actually using Totara to help organizations re design their learning ecosystems.

Totara Learn review by Administrator in Medical Practice
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"Full of features "

What do you like best?

I love it for it's flexibility and it's open source code. The standard options and extensive feature set has allowed me to meet most requirements

What do you dislike?

Once it's up and running, it's a breeze to use however in the beginning it can seem like a lot

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you get through the set up and get used to it, it's amazing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes it easy to establish simple learning workflows

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