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What's the difference between Totara and Moodle?

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Hubken offers both Totara Learn and Moodle LMS solutions for good reason, as the two platforms have much in common. Both are open-source and trusted by organisations around the world. Equally there are many important differences between the two. What is Totara? And how is Totara different from Moodle? Read on to learn the answers.

What is Totara Learn used for? Totara is especially designed for the requirements of the corporate world, industry and vocational training, whereas Moodle is more commonly used in the education sector.

However, Hubken has Totara clients in sectors ranging from retail to local government and Moodle clients in many sectors outside of education which demonstrates the adaptability of both platforms. When it comes to ascertaining what Totara Learn is used for, or what Moodle is commonly used for, a short answer is unlikely! 

Here are the main differences between Totara Learn and Moodle:


8 ways Totara Learn is different from Moodle...

1. Ability to create hierarchies

With Totara Learn’s hierarchy function you can create specific structures which enable you to map learning to individual job roles, management levels, departments, teams and groups.

No matter how complex the learning needs of your organisation, Totara Learn will simplify things.

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2. Option for multi-tenancy

If you have different departments, customers, job roles for example with their own branding and access requirements Hubken can help you to set up ‘tenancies’ for each.

This is one of the reasons that larger, more complex organisations are more likely to benefit for a Totara solution over Moodle.


3. Create learning programmes

If your learners need more in-depth training, perhaps comprising lots of courses combined into broader learning programmes, Totara Learn allows you to create wide-reaching training programmes which are perfect for everything from staff onboarding to product training.

Totara Training Programmes


4. Renewable training certifications

When a learner achieves certification in each subject, they’ll often need to complete the same or similar training again in the future to renew their certification.

Totara Learn has in-built functionality to enable you to structure your training and compliance programmes in this way.


5. Powerful event scheduling

Many clients use blended learning, a mixture of online and face-to-face methods. After all, live interaction can be an invaluable part of the learning process.

Totara Learn’s seminar feature takes the pain out of conventional event scheduling, easily allowing you to select attendees, and times for multiple events and much more.

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6. Custom dashboards

Avoid information overload and simply create custom dashboards that present the key information you need to see on each user group on the platform.

This makes it easy to track learner progress at any level you choose.

Totara Dashboards


7. User friendly course catalogue

Over time you may build of an extensive library of courses. Totara Learn’s intuitive course catalogue is configurable to every organisation’s needs, ensuring you can catalogue and find course content at the touch of a button.

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8. Powerful reporting

Totara Learn offers a more advanced reporting function than Moodle. Perhaps you need to progress against all-important compliance training across multiple departments, job roles or locations.

Totara Learn makes that easier than ever.

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As you can see Totara is a platform with high functionality and the feedback coming from Totara clients and partners like Hubken Group has helped to make the platform what it is today.

Discover more about how Totara Learn can enhance learning and development within your organisation, book a demo with one of our friendly experts. 

For more information on Moodle, read our Ultimate Guide to Moodle LMS here.

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