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Totara Learn

An open LMS for workforce and extended enterprise learning.

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Totara Learn Reviews

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Pros

This is a great learning platform & is easy to navigate as well. Very good technology & over all an amazing platform to quickly learn.

Divya B.

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I liked the ability to customize and make the system work for our needs. We were able to work with our vendor to add some functionality to fit our business.

Anonymous Reviewer

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The feature set and reporting capabilities were very noticeable and welcome addition to my prior use of Moodle.

Janine M.

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Cons

Some notifications are hard coded , which prevent us from customizing them.

Nermine B.

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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.

Christian O.

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Cost of deployment on already complex systems can be difficult and expensive.

Mike K.

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Excellent tool for education and online training

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I have tried this platform and I think it is very complete, since it allows you to educate other people individually and train both employees and clients, very good

Cons

Despite being very good, its interface is not competitive with other platforms, they have to develop a better interface because this platform has potential

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Totara works for us

Reviewed a month 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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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.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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From Learnforce to Totara and beyond

Reviewed 21 days ago

We have been using Totara Learn for past 2 years (almost). We love it even more because of the exceptional customer support by our vendor Kineo. Since we moved from Learnforce LMS, which had a completely different interface, some ulearners find it difficult but LMS admins love the flexibility now they have to configure even things like custom fields etc.

Pros

The flexibility that an admin has in configuring this software.

Cons

Inconsistency in different reports. e.g. SCORM reports are filtered differently where as other USer reports are filtered differently.

Vendor response

Hi Sahar, thanks for the lovely review! Our partner Kineo will be delighted to hear that. I'll pass on your feedback about the user reports. Glad to hear your LMS admins enjoy the flexibility of the platform.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great but lacking some aspects.

Reviewed a month ago

We love it. Our clients hate it. They find it difficult to navigate and over complex.

Pros

Payment gateway for access to courses is a major challenge. The use of HR import and a Wordpress shop make for a clumsy integration.

Cons

Better certificate issue and management for different instructor groups

Vendor response

Rob, thank you for your review of Totara Learn. We're happy to hear that you're enjoying the many adaptable features, functionality and value for money. We're always actively working on improving Totara Learn with every release (and gathering the required research and customer feedback in order to do so), so we really do appreciate your feedback. Speaking of which, we'd kindly suggest ensuring that you're using the latest version of Totara Learn, Totara Learn 13. It features multiple improvements to user experience for your learners and admins. This includes improvements to site accessibility, more streamlined navigation (particularly when viewing learning plans or creating user accounts) and much more.

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Ideal für den Unternehmenseinsatz

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

Ideal ist der auf Unternehmensbedürfnisse ausgerichtete Funktionsumfang bis hin zum Reporting. Dazu kommt, dass Totara als Open Source Software fast beliebig anpassbar ist.

Cons

Totara benötigt am Anfang auf jeden Fall eine durchdachte Konzeption.

Vendor response

Thanks for the brilliant review! We're so happy you're loving the platform and the adaptability is something we're really proud of. Thank you!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Perfect application for corporate training and learning.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Have an application focused on business learning, with tools focused on the corporate area to prepare quality professionals who know the business and its function in the company is optimal.

Pros

Totara is one of the most complete learning applications for the business world, noting the great detail that it is free, extremely complete where you can manage face-to-face and non-face-to-face training, evaluate the performance of workers, create reports on the progress of each employee to evaluate their evolution, strengths and devilities and all with a very comfortable interface and all this for a fraction of the cost of a private application, as it is focused on the corporate area its functionalities are focused on the development of complete professionals, to teach them the rules of business and strengthen your company, use it!!!!

Cons

Being free may not have the service and attention problems of a proprietary software, this is why you need the support of software specialists for problems that may arise, or solve any inconvenience of the stability of the program.

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Benefits of Totara Learn

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

- Possibility to adapt the learning platform based on the needs of the end-user (fully customizable) - Audience management for adaptive learning: programs & certifications, activity/course completion tracking, ... - Design and navigation: responsive themes, dashboards, ... (branding)

Cons

Recommend courses/programs to colleagues (features is not available) Add more standard features to the course page so that we (as an instructional designer) can create courses that are qualitative for end users. For example, the possibility for end-users to upload video's/podcast/pdfs.

Vendor response

We're elated to hearing your 10 out of 10 recommendation! Thank you so much, Louise. We are also very big fans of the way Deloitte adapts our LMS to deliver a uniquely bespoke training platform for Deloitte learners. It serves as an inspirational example of adaptive training and adaptability in general! We want to make Totara Learn as good as it possibly can be, so please feel free to add any feature requests in the Totara Community.

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Totara LMS for small organizations

Reviewed 2 years ago

Very positive - it was a first LMS for our company and the set up and implementation were smooth. Users did not have much difficulty using this (construction workers) and it has been easy to maintain.

Pros

I liked the ability to customize and make the system work for our needs. We were able to work with our vendor to add some functionality to fit our business.

Cons

From an admin role it helps to be a little techie/geeky. But the support from our vendor really helped get through that.

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Great customisable Learning Management System

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

It can do everything you expect an LMS can do and is customisable.

Cons

It would be great if it had an observation activity for practical tasks that the 'observer' could completed on behalf of the learner.

Vendor response

10 out of 10, wow! Thank you so much, Stephanie! Glad you were able to fully customize your LMS. We want to make Totara Learn as good as it possibly can be, so please feel free to add any feature requests in the Totara Community.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Feature rich and open source vs Complex handling

Reviewed 5 years ago

As a consultant for Totara LMS I would totally recommend Totara to other customers. In short... The Downside: - Very complex to learn for people who do not have any technical understanding - 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 - Documentation partially...

Pros

Open Source Great standard features Many possibilities of how it can be used

Cons

Poor Documenation (on the technical side) Missing important settings in detail (advanced use of features) Design not very user friendly (blocks overload)

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Aura Gold Partner

Reviewed 5 years ago

Through the last 5 years, Totara leads us won opportunities that we might lost in case of not having an enterprise LMS like Totara. It has helped us as companie to incorporate our full e-learning solutions (consulting, content authoring tool and LMS) at important companies. It represents between the 5 or 10% of our incomes and it gives also to Totara trough the last 4 years more than $40,000 USD...

Pros

Incorportate Coporative elements

Cons

The improvements or features grow slowly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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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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Good LMS choice for heavily customized use cases

Reviewed a year ago

We are using it as a custom learning platform for our digital leadership development content. We have enjoyed using it to address the various business requirements of our end users and departments. We will continue to use it to address the evolving needs of the organization, because it is such a flexible system.

Pros

Totara is open source, so it is highly customizable based on your organization's use case. We are using it for leadership development content, and we have been able to implement custom themes to make the platform our own, and even co-brand content for our clients.

Cons

Its complexity and extensive functionality available can be a bit overwhelming, causing our users to mistakenly use a particular feature because it is very similar to one we built for custom use cases. It has required a ton of development to implement our processes.

Vendor response

Thank you! We are happy to hear that Totara Learn is proving to be a versatile and adaptable platform that meets your complex needs.

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Totara LMS was used at a government agency I contracted for.

Reviewed 2 years ago

This is a very cost effective solution to organizations' Learning Management needs.

Pros

Totara is very flexible and easy to use. It provides many features that other LMSs don't have. The report building feature is top notch. You don' t have to be a database expert to create reports. It also allows you to brand the LMS easily. Learning Plans are built into the LMS, so creating things like Individual Development Plans were a breeze.

Cons

Some of the administrative features could use some work. Sometimes when you perform a search (within an administrative task), a list is provided that you have to scroll through. If you have thousands of courses, for example, it makes finding the right course cumbersome. Having search boxes for all administrative tasks would be very helpful.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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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

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Totara for Securitas Aviation

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

We recommended this software for one of our client to help them with their challenge. Totara offered us the required flexibility to setup and configure the system as required for the project. The easy way to create and maintain the content, the wide variety of learning activities, the forums etc. made Totata the perfect solution.

Cons

The possibilities offered within the system are vast and thus require some time to understand.

Vendor response

Thank you for your feedback, Wim! Happy to hear that the LMS was perfect for one of your clients due to its adaptability and customizable features. If you have feature requests, please mention them in the Totara Community. We weigh our customer feedback very carefully and pay special attention to feature requests.

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Friendly software

Reviewed 2 years ago

Long journey of learning, with a lot of useful features which interact with our employees in a friendly way. The dashboards cover wide numbers of tables resources which allow us to make a lot of reports.

Pros

Customizable software, easy navigation for administrator, friendly interface for the learners

Cons

Some notifications are hard coded , which prevent us from customizing them.

Vendor response

Nermine, thank you for the kind words and 10 out of 10 recommendation ratings. We're always delighted to hear that Totara Learn is meeting the unique needs of our customers and are happy that Alshaya has been able to customize the platform to meet its unique enterprise training needs!

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Flexible, scalable, and won't break the bank

Reviewed 5 years ago

Finally a commercially focused LMS that puts the user in control of the Learning experience and LMS functionality. Our organization has found Totara LMS to be feature rich and yet cost effective, while the open source aspect provides flexibility to mold the system where necessary to our specific needs. The UI is pretty basic, but again you have the flexibility to control even that and make it what you will.

Pros

Out of the box feature set and inherent flexibility of an open source platform.

Cons

The UI is very basic and outdated

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Totara Learn review

Reviewed 17 days ago
Pros

Freedom to learn - still open source and it can grow with company needs. Support for blended learning and the possibility to create courses directly in LMS.

Cons

There is no central notification center. But it is currently under development.

Vendor response

Hi Frantisek! Thanks so much for the 5 star review! We love working with you guys at e-learnmedia. The central notification center is on the way and should be with you in a matter of days in Totara Learn V14 :) We love suggestions to improve Totara products so please feel free to keep them coming.

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Excellent Product

Reviewed 5 years ago

Really good product, lots of good features which would cost a lot more from another vendor. Could do with more detailed release notes and help guides. For examaple, more written 'How to' guides

Pros

Cost

Cons

Lack of detailed release notes, how functionality should work, examples of using / implementing functioanlity

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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!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Totara

Reviewed 2 years ago

Ability to provide an inexpensive LMS for use by

Pros

Easy to use to load content on and create a learning environment for users.

Cons

Not as visually pleasing as other LMS software I have used.

Vendor response

Hi Mathew, thank you for your review of the Totara Learn LMS! We'd urge you to upgrade to the latest version of Totara to ensure that your platform takes full advantages of our new easy to use interface, aesthetics and powerful integrations

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Totara LMS Review

Reviewed 5 years ago

Totara LMS provides a low cost solution for our clients to be able to develop and roll out eLearning, automate classroom bookings and manage performance.

Pros

Ease of use for administrators

Cons

UI could be improved

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Value for money

Reviewed 5 years ago

Buying Totara LMS is value for money according to me. What attracts me for this value is, 1. Features list, 2. Ease of installation and configuration of the LMS 3. Flexible Analytics/Reporting 4. Integration possibilities (with other systems through webservices, SSO, LTI etc) 5. Great community/customer support (with regular releases) 6. Plug in-plug out customizations

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

User interface could be made attractive.

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