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Overview

Moodle is a learning platform designed to secure and integrate system to create personalized learning environments. It ca...

Totara Learn is an industry-leading and flexible learning management system that gives organizations the freedom to learn....

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from

No info

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

742

688

252

41

13

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

4.4

5

4

3

2

1

24

17

5

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

Moodle is an interactive way for students to learn and a great platform for writing. It’s a great creative outlet for kids to upload videos and essays.
Moodle is a great way to make learning for students fun and interactive! it is fun, colorful, and very engaging.
They offer incredibly detailed configuration options and the community is full of wonderful active people that are always there to help you if it's needed.

Pros

The customer service has been fantastic and they have gone out of their way to problem solve on issues that have arisen during our setup. Highly recommended Totara LMS.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the product and we definitely recommend it to all our prospective and existing clients that fit the need.
It is still a great tool, that can though still be adjusted to whatever someone likes it to be.

Cons

The overall experience was dull, heavy, and made everyone unhappy and struggling.
It is now a bulky applications with hell lots of features, it will take you around 2-3 months to properly go through every feature, no matter how fast you are.
Moodle can be difficult to find classes you are taking. I have had struggles signing into my class and finding them.

Cons

Some notifications are hard coded , which prevent us from customizing them.
There is no central notification center. But it is currently under development.
Usability very low because of too complex site-structure and permission management. Design very simple and overloaded with blocks, nobody knows what they are for in the first place.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 months ago

Key features

  • Total features68
  • AICC Compliance
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anti Spam
  • Anti Virus
  • Appraisal History
  • Approval Process Control
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Availability Management
  • Avatars
  • Blended Learning
  • Booking Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat Transcript
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customization
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Event Calendar
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Interactive Content
  • Job Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Forums
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Projections
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Status Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wiki
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies
  • Total features96
  • AICC Compliance
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anti Spam
  • Anti Virus
  • Appraisal History
  • Approval Process Control
  • Assessment Management
  • Asset Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Availability Management
  • Avatars
  • Blended Learning
  • Booking Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Chat Transcript
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customization
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Storage
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Event Calendar
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • Gamification
  • Gradebook
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Interactive Content
  • Job Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multimedia Support
  • Online Forums
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Projections
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Status Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Wiki
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

Integrations

  • Total integrations90
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Schoology
  • Stripe
  • Zapier
  • Zoom
  • Total integrations15
  • Authorize.net
  • Canvas LMS
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Schoology
  • Stripe
  • Zapier
  • Zoom

Security

  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation
  • Encryption of sensitive data at rest
  • HTTPS for all pages (web-based apps)
  • Reports/alerts for security breaches
  • Multifactor authentication options
  • Customer data removed upon service cancellation

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Totara Learn

Moodle supercharged!

Reviewed 5 years ago

I have found Totara LMS to be as administrator focused as Moodle but is like Moodle on steroids! The feature set and reporting capabilities were very noticeable and welcome addition to my prior use of Moodle.

Pros

Feature set, flexibility, ability to host locally vs cloud, cost effective

Cons

The UI and general look and feel still feel very outdated compared to the latest web sites, technologies, and UI you expect today

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Totara Learn

Our company implemented Totara through a third party reseller. We migrated from Moodle.

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It is hosted off-site so we don't need to rely on our small Systems team. This is really the true value to me as an LMS administrator as previously it was impossible to upgrade our Moodle versions. Navigating to the courses is very simple. The look and feel is decent. So far it's been pretty stable.

Cons

I would like to see more features that are not already available in the free Moodle LMS system. I would like to see the Reporting features better implemented. I would also like to see support for plug-ins that are currently supported in free Moodle, particularly H5P.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Totara Learn

Totara works for us

Reviewed 2 months ago

Really happy with the supplier support and the way the software keeps evolving

Pros

The product is easy to implement - it is fairly intuitive for the learner and easy to brand and upkeep as an administrator.

Cons

The moodle base means you have to be careful about retakes - it only records the first one - so if you need certifications updating then plan ahead

Vendor response

Hi Steve, thank you for the amazing review! Glad to hear that it was easy to implement and that you're happy with the support from your Totara Partner. We have lots of stuff coming up on our roadmap so stay tuned :)

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Totara Learn

Powerful and Flexible Enterprise Open Source LMS

Reviewed 5 years ago

I have been using Totara since it started more than 6 years ago. It has developed tremendously and has truly become a modern, powerful, flexible and reliable learning and performance system. The Totara team are very responsive and keen to make the product move forward and the way they listen to and take to hear the needs of the user community is a great demonstration of the symbiosis of users, customers, developers and service providers. Looking forward for fast future developments of the platform.

Pros

Lots of learning tools and options to cater for all kinds of learning approaches, blends and strategies Flexible product with many options for configurating things via settings Responsive support and development team

Cons

Some of the older features and architecture are based on Moodle which is less geared for enterprise learning. I know this may change in the upcoming future though

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Totara Learn

The open LMS with better support

Reviewed 3 years ago

For large companies I have recommended it since they allow to create individual development plans, so each person in charge of the team will be able to see the progress of their employees in charge and adjust the learning objectives needed within the platform.

Pros

This LMS has all the characteristics of the well-known moodle plus a set of extra functions for business training, among them the personalization of reports and the planning of individual and group objectives.

Cons

What did you like least about the software? Some plans can be expensive, but it depends on the provider. By having a subscription you can be calm before the failures or errors that arise, because the support team of the company will help you at any time to solve it.

Vendor response

Thank you for your kind words Daniel. We really appreciate it!

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Totara Learn

Solid LMS that needs some work

Reviewed 5 years ago

As a Totara Partner, our company deals with Totara on a daily basis. We see some improvements in functionality and stability in Totara 2.9 and 9, compared to previous versions. It has a lot of features and gets a lot done. It's catching up with the latest infrastructure level updates, like php7, but we would like to see many more updates sooner. Also the forking from Moodle is a bit of a concern in terms of plugin compatibility, as Moodle community plugins repository is very diverse and having them become obsolete is not ideal, unless an alternative can be presented in a timely fashion. Overall, I'm satisfied with the product and we definitely recommend it to all our prospective and existing clients that fit the need.

Pros

Learning plans, audience-based learning, hierarchies, dashboard

Cons

Bugs

Overall Rating
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  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Totara Learn

Totara Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

I mostly work with the Totara LMS from a server admin and web developer point of view and so far my experience has been ok. Not the easiest / most simple system I work with or have worked with, but manageable. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I find the support material and documentation from Totara to be pretty lackluster for server admins. If I find answers to my questions,...

Pros

Fairly simple server setup

Cons

Almost never does what our clients' needs 100% out of the box. Every implementation we do for a client requires custom made plugins to fill the gaps

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