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Totara - Moodle for Corporate Training


Totara is a custom distribution of Moodle designed for the corporate sector. Totara partners have created customized training and development sites for Google, McDonald's, Nikon, BP, Tesco and Nike. …

Totara is a custom distribution of Moodle designed for the corporate sector. Totara partners have created customized training and development sites for Google, McDonald's, Nikon, BP, Tesco and Nike. Learn how Totara builds on Moodle, and offers additional features including individual learning plans, competency management and learning paths.

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  • A distribution is a ready-made extended version of a standard product with its own particular focus and vision.
    Totara is an LMS specifically focused on the requirements of corporate, industry and vocational training in contrast to a standard release of Moodle which is focused on learning management systems for the education setting.
  • According to moodle.org, Moodle is a verb that describes the process of meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. It is also an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is a popular Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is designed to support a social constructionist framework of education, wherein groups collaboratively construct knowledge. It is used by nearly 50,000 websites in 212 countries. Moodle is a dynamic and interactive tool offering many benefits that other CMS’s cannot boast, as outlined below.

    A learning management system (commonly abbreviated as LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content. A robust LMS should be able to do the following:[1]
    centralize and automate administration
    use self-service and self-guided services
    assemble and deliver learning content rapidly
    consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platform
    support portability and standards
    personalize content and enable knowledge reuse.
  • moodle.org, Open sourceAs an open source web application, Moodle is available for download completely free. This includes all updates, modules, plugins, themes, language packs, and logos. Although Moodle is copyrighted, any individual or entity has license to use, copy, or modify it as long as they agree to provide the source to others, not modify or remove the original license and copyrights, and apply this same license to any derivative work. •ability to modify source code•small costs / no license fees•sense of shared progress•faculty feel energized and empoweredUser friendlyIt is reasonable to expect that any user with basic computer and Internet skills will be able to use Moodle.  The main page of a Moodle-based course functions like a website, with links to activities and resources. Provided that the course creator has given explicit directions for each activity or resource, users should have no difficulty navigating a Moodle-based course.flexibleMoodle can be used to deliver and create knowledge on any subject. There are a variety of activities and resources for course creators to choose from in designing a Moodle-based course. Resources include books, web pages, links to files or websites, and directories. Activities include assignments, chats, databases, forums, glossaries, lessons, workshops, questionnaires, quizzes, and wikis. A Moodle-based course can stand on its own or function as an add-on to an in-person course.AccessibleMoodle can be harnessed to reach target groups, including persons with disabilities, those living in remote regions or who have transportation or child care issues, youth, and internationally-trained individuals. Users can access a Moodle-based course at any time of day provided they have access to a computer and an Internet connection. Any additional software or plugins required, such as Adobe Reader, are typically available for download free of charge.Appealing to all learning stylesMoodle has plenty to offer to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. For example, a lesson using flash cards would be particularly appealing to a visual learner, an auditory learner would benefit from an online chat using microphones, and kinesthetic learners would appreciate activities that require them to do something, as with a wiki. Moodle is also simultaneously appealing to both introverts and extraverts since the user is normally in control of when and how they interact within a Moodle-based course.InnovativeMoodle is not constrained by what will sell well, so the code that is developed, especially by third parties, is often at the cutting edge of educational thinking. InteroperableMoodle will exchange data using open industry standards for Web deployments. Support - Moodle's open source nature means that there are far more avenues for support available than is the case for other LMS systems.  CustomizationMoodle's open source nature means that you own the system and have rights allowing you to change and modify it, rather than renting it 'as is', which is the case for many competing systems.  Philosophy - Moodle is based on a solid foundation of social constructionism (strong community, shared experiences, building things together for others to view and use) and grew out of postgraduate research by Martin Dougiamas, its founder. Other companies tend to be led by profit, leading to a focus on marketing to what school decision makers think they need, rather than what actually works best.
  • Source: http://moodle.org/stats/
  • Source: http://www.zacker.org/sakai-project-vs-moodle
  • Totara is a Moodle distribution focused on corporate learning, the features of which are built upon the best practices learned from the needs of other organizations.
  • Fully Bilingual - English and Canadian French - (how do you handle assigning and reporting on bilingual content?)Ad Hoc reportingCan auto-email subscribed reports at specified intervalsMobile/Tablet: Auto resizing of contentMobile/Tablet: Apps for completing coursesCan embed Flash and video files in UIDisable all functionality in the user interface that isn't used.Different branding for FS/BBY/Corporate: user interface and accessible content based on user profile configured through UISocial Media - Discussion ForumsSocial Media - Youtube style Ability for users to upload content/ VideosAbility to prescribe courses, learning paths by Learning ProfileMass repeal of prescribed contentManagers can view team and drill down to indirect reports to assign training or mark OJT completeHosted solution (available outside firewall)Simplified course launch from Learning PathView all registered courses and learning paths on a single pageContent management - with ability to add menu items and create pagesCan edit user profile dataILT including different time zones and notifications with outlook attachments for- Learner enrolls- enrollment cancelled- location/time has changed- session cancelled- wait-listed- Offered enrollment from waitlistOJT with manager sign-off and proxiesSupports AICC/ScormAbility for users to rate or give feedback on contentQuestion Analysis
  • Enform, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, is the advocate and leading resource for the continuous improvement of industry’s safety performance. Established by industry for industry, Enform helps companies achieve their safety goals by promoting shared safety practices and providing effective training, expert audit services and professional advice. Our vision is no work-related incidents or injuries in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry.


  • 1. February 15, 2013
  • 2. agenda • about TOTARA • demo  competencies  hierarchies  learning plans  Instructor-led training support  team management  reporting
  • 3. a distribution of Moodle
  • 4. about moodle • open source – offering a rich set of resource & activity creation tools • flexible • accessible • customizable, innovative, interoperable • appeals to all learning styles • supports social constructionist pedagogy to facilitate a wide variety of learning activities and teaching strategies • growing international community • 66,127 registered sites in 218 countries with 35 million global users • 1,115,532 registered members consisting of developers, educators, systems administrators
  • 5. Repositories Team Management Calendar Competencies & Organizational Roles Content Management User Management Messaging & Notifications Learning Activities & Types Course Management Integration w/ other systems Social Learning Audience Management Instructor Led F-2-F Training Individual Learning Plan Enterprise Reporting Dashboard (Learners & Managers) Totara Sync Program Management
  • 6. Totara 2.4 Release – April/May 2014 Feature Description Improvements to Classroom Module The following functionality will be built upon the existing Face-to-face module, but extending it in a number of key areas: • Training rooms management • Instructor conflict management • Bulk upload of attendees • Bulk messaging attendees • Bulk mark attendance • Enhanced notification functionality including three types of notifications (auto-populated, template sourced, and custom made) Open Badges Ability to issue, manage and display digital badges supporting Mozilla’s Open Badges initiative. See http://www.openbadges.org/en-US/ Enhancements to Learning Plan functionality •Learning plan evidence tab •Auto-update of learning plan content •Improvements to plan templates Moodle 2.4 functionality Inclusion of all Moodle 2.4 features including: • Performance improvements • Assignment module improvements • Workshop module improvements • Course format plugins • Theme improvements • Improved TinyMCE integration • Integration of external calendars
  • 7. Totara 2.5 Release – September/October 2014 Feature Description Performance Management Module We will design and build an integrated performance management tool in alignment with the following principles: • A holistic process bringing together many of the elements that make up the successful practice of people management • Activities that ensure that organisational goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner • Tools to support the concept of continuous cycle of planning, coaching and appraisal
  • 8. Typical investment weighted on technology Minimises risk, greater success
  • 9. Demo
  • 10. about this presentation For more information visit www.lambdasolutions.net