Moodle vs. Totara

Which LMS is right for me?

Moodle and Totara are both robust and flexible learning management systems, but how do you decide which one is right for your organization? 


What is Moodle?

Moodle is an industry leading open source learning management system to deliver your eLearning programs.   With over 85 million users and 75,000+ deployments, Moodle is a proven platform for educators, trainers and learners.

As a highly flexible LMS, Moodle can be used to conduct courses online or to support face-to-face teaching.  Functionality can be extended with over 500 plugins for assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and social and collaborative learning.

What is Totara?

Totara is an open source distribution of Moodle.  Moodle was primarily built to suit the needs of Education where Totara was designed for Corporate Learning.   You get the same benefits of using an open source platform and leveraging Moodle with a significant increase in functionality.

So what gain do you get in functionality?  Check out our comparison chart below or click here to learn more about Totara.

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Moodle and Totara Feature Comparison

Course Creation Features

Feature Moodle Totara
Learning Outcomes   
Course Curriculum Learning Paths (with restrictive access)  
Activity & Course Completion Criteria  
Discussion Forums  
SCORM Packages    
Online Content Authoring with a Rich Content Editor    
Face-to Face Bookings
Collaborative Learning (wiki, workshops, database, glossary, chat)  
User Learning Paths  
Program Certification
Recertification Paths
Program Sequential Course Sets

User Management

Feature Moodle Totara
Roles and Permissions  
Notifications (email, online, alerts)  
Course Enrollment  
Manager to Learner Relationships (My Teams)  
Learner Appraisals/Reviews  
360 Feedback  
Organization Structure and Hierarchy  
Position – Hierarchy
HR Import  

Standard Reporting

Feature Moodle Totara
Online Gradebook   
Activity and Course Completion  
User Transcripts  

Standard Integration

Feature Moodle Totara
LDAP/AD Integration   
Activity and Course Completion  
Standard Repositories

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