Totara LMS Software


 

Totara LMS is an open source learning management system (LMS). It can be hosted by the vendor and accessed through cloud-based deployment, or hosted on the user’s own server. Totara LMS is suitable for use by businesses of any size, in any industry.

As an open source solution, the source code for Totara is available to subscribers, and it can be manipulated to create an entirely customized LMS for each organization.

Totara LMS offers robust learning management capabilities, such as flexible authoring options. Users can employ various types of learning including social learning and self-paced and instructor-led courses. Templates are available to create employee learning plans, and administrators can assign roles and permissions.

The platform also offers performance management and monitoring functionality. Users can set goals and create competency hierarchies. Specific courses can be linked to core competencies to help automate learning plan development. Totara also includes a 360 feedback feature for supervisor appraisals.

There is no licensing fee for Totara LMS; it is available as a subscription, billed annually per the number of users.

 

Totara LMS - Team learning resources
 
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    Team learning resources
  • Totara LMS - Customized onboarding page
    Customized onboarding page
  • Totara LMS - Core curriculum
    Core curriculum
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Janine from School District 59
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Moodle supercharged!

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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.

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

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The UI and general look and feel still feel very outdated compared to the latest web sites, technologies, and UI you expect today

Source: Capterra
 

David from Kineo

November 2016

November 2016

Totara LMS is great

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I have been using Totara since the first release and I have found it's flexibility and it's open source code to be very useful. The standard options and extensive feature set has allowed me to meet most requirements through configuration only, but when necessary the ability to add to, or edit the code to achieve non standard functionality has allowed us to tailor Totara to any need.

Source: Capterra
 

Akos from Onlearn-tech kft.

November 2016

November 2016

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I really like the type of the course with the videos and helpful teachers. This course help me a lot to learn the basics of totara.

Source: Capterra
 

Gagandeep from Raytheon

November 2016

November 2016

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Featured could be enhanced but overall good. Flexibility could be enhanced and also more resource management would be good for face to face learning and enhanced reporting. Customizable certificates would also be appreciated

Source: Capterra
 

Christian from LearnChamp Consulting GmbH
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Feature rich and open source vs Complex handling

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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 very poor, especially when it comes down to programming and adding advanced features
- Many useful features are still lacking some important settings for establishing real logical learning workflows

The Upside:
+ Very rich of standard features that make it easy to establish simple learning workflows
+ Open Source let the system be flexible by adding your own plugins and adjusting the system core to your needs
+ Great support in fixing bugs and advancing the system with new features (Evergreen)
+ Continuous Development

All in all I would say it still needs some improvement, although I know that some requests are not as easy to programm as it might seem in the beginning.
It is still a great tool, that can though still be adjusted to whatever someone likes it to be. If you have on the one side people who see the potential of TotaraLMS and have a great idea of how it can be used and on the other side people who can develop within that system, you can accomplish great things and have tremendous success by offering that tool to customers.

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

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

Source: Capterra
 

Amir from Learning Zone

November 2016

November 2016

Powerful and Flexible Enterprise Open Source LMS

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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

Source: Capterra
 

Chandran from Everonn educations

November 2016

November 2016

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Good product, but it get more difficult to setup. Functionality of this product is awesome. Also Some futures are very nice.

Source: Capterra
 

Chandran from Everonn educations pvt ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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Good product, but it get more difficult to setup. Functionality of this product is awesome. Also Some futures are very nice.

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Support

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Need clear roadmap

Source: Capterra
 

Patrick from Technology Transfer Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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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, 99% of the time I find it on Moodle documentation or forums. Bad thing because for the price of Totara I would expect much better, good thing that I am able to utilize a very large community.

I do spend quite a bit of time developing themes and plugins for Totara for our clients, and I do have to say that I like and support your decision use the native Bootstrap class names as well as using Grunt as the task runner since use Bootstrap and Grunt quite often with other projects. I look forward to migrating to Totara 9 towards the end of this year / beginning of next year.

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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

Source: Capterra
 

Pablo from Aurainteractiva
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Aura Gold Partner

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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 anual revenues.
Eventhough we feel the growing of the tool (Totara) or their features expansion has been limited during the last 4 years.
Example: It doesn't integrate x.Api compliance (with a LRS Module), and we do not see intelligence guideness trhough the training experiencie taked from the training sessions of the user.
We do not have so much reference about how to explote gamification through it (and what kind of tools are they innovating related with this model)
Why do not integrate an authoring tool with the LMS like Shift, so you just not focus on the user that take courses, and let the creators, build content.
Doesn't offer options for the smaller companies because the ntermediate price between 500K and 3K has a huge difference, that always is letting us a big issue on how to deal wiht those price diffeerences.

Pros

Incorportate Coporative elements

Cons

The improvements or features grow slowly.

Advice to Others

Not for now, thanks!

Source: Capterra
 

Mariya from Lambda Solutions

November 2016

November 2016

Solid LMS that needs some work

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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

Source: Capterra
 

Mike from BI WORLDWIDE
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Very complicated, Nice reports

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I am the creative director for a learning group that deals with several international brands. We have had several challenges with the Totora software, as implementation takes a significant effort. When it comes to true customization we have found it a bit bulky. In addition, we have had to go into the code to turn off several "calls" just to boost performance, that seem fairly unnecessary. The reports can be beautiful, but the cost so-efficient doesn't justify the work often.

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Great reporting engine

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

Advice to Others

Moodle is a strong backbone, but limiting. You may look to move to a LRS strategy moving forward so that Totara isnt tied to the Moodle ecosystem.

Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Synegen
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Flexible, scalable, and won't break the bank

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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

Source: Capterra
 

Lee from TTS

November 2016

November 2016

Totara is an awesome LMS

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Totara is easy to use and offers all of the reporting options that we need. Easily tracks information for both large and small projects and multiple clients.

Source: Capterra
 

Tanja from UP

November 2016

November 2016

Easy to use with lots of standard features to use!

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Value for money. Standard features you'll only find in the big expensive LMS's. Easy to use for the learners. Clear overviews and reports. Lot's of possibilities.

Source: Capterra
 

senthil from ingegno
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Totara the Best

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Totara is easy to use for end users as well as the admin. Flexible and it saves lot hectic works and time. Great to use such a product.

Pros

User friendly and core functionalities.

Cons

about the reports.

Advice to Others

Enhance the reporting section more powerful

Source: Capterra
 

manoj from Ingegno Transmedia P Ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Great learning lms

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Have worked on many major lms and lcms in my professional experience. Working with Totara lms was really wonderful. Its features are helpful, and usability is very good.

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Reports section, hr integration...

Cons

Nope...

Source: Capterra
 

Rahul from Ingegno Transmedia

November 2016

November 2016

Totara LMS is awesome!

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The best part of Totara LMS is that it is open source and a lot of feature/functionalities come straight out of the box. Configurations are also pretty easy and can be easily configured without coding knowledge. An hour or two spent on the application can help you modify the entire UI, look and feel, and other configurations enabling you to have the desired visual appeal.
The support and users community is very good and always active with new suggestions and improvements.

Source: Capterra
 

Lenka from Self-employed
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Good features, but difficult setup

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Functionality of the product is good, but some features are very cumbersome to set up. This is improving continuously improving from one version to the next, but some areas eg. Learning Plans still have lot to be desired.

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Features, support

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Configuration of the features, unstable roadmap and release of new versions / features is taking a long tome

Advice to Others

Community forums are a great source of information.

Source: Capterra
 

mark from kineo

November 2016

November 2016

Great LMS

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i have been working with TOTARA for the last 6 years and they keep on improving it with every version

Source: Capterra
 
 
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