September 19 2019

    Moodle vs Totara: Which LMS is Right for Me?

    Written by Lambda Solutions

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    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.

     

    More About Moodle

    READ MORE: For more details on Moodle, check out our Moodle User Guide Chapter 1: An Introduction To Moodle, which will provide you with an overview of what Moodle can do and how it has been utilized across different industries.

     

    What is Totara Learn?

    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.

     

    More About Totara

     

    Moodle and Totara Feature Comparison

    Course Creation Features

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Learning Outcomes

    Course Curriculum Learning Paths (with restrictive access)

    Activity & Course Completion Criteria

    Discussion Forums

    Badges

    Polling

    Assignments

    SCORM Packages

    Online Content Authoring with a Rich Content Editor

    Survey/Feedback

    Face-to Face Bookings

    Collaborative Learning (wiki, workshops, database, glossary, chat)

    Quizzing

    User Learning Paths

    Program Certification

     

    Recertification Paths

     

    Program Sequential Course Sets

     

    Programs

     

    User Management

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Profiles

    Roles and Permissions

    Calendars

    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

    Totara

    Moodle

    Online Gradebook

    Activity and Course Completion

    User Transcripts

    Standard Integration

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    LDAP/AD Integration

    Activity and Course Completion

    Standard Repositories

    Performance Management

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Track Informal Learning with Uploading Evidence

     

    Competencies

     

    Employee Appraisals

     

    360 reviews

     

    Gamification

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Points, Awards, Leaderboards, and Badges

    API’s / Web Services

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Web Services for User Management, Course Enrollment, Grades, and SSO

    Language and Localization

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Interface Translated in Over 25 Languages

    Site and User Time-Zones

    Content Language Tagging

    Restrict View Content by Language

     

    Social Learning

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Forums, Wikis, Shared Glossaries, Shared Databases, Workshops, Group Assignments

    User-to-User Messaging

    Group Messaging

     

    Catalogue Management section

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Custom Tile-Based Course Catalogue

     

    Enrollment Management

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Self-Enrollment with Audience Restriction

     

    Direct Seminar Event Enrollment

     

    Direct Seminar Event Enrollment with Audience Restriction

     

    Design and Navigation

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Block-by-Block Customization

     

    Main Navigation Menu Items Visibility Based on Dynamic Rules

     

    Full-Length Block Regions at Top and Bottom of a Page for Dashboards, Front-Page, and Course Pages

     

    Admin-by-Admin Customizable Administration Menu

     

    Adaptive Learning

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    Activity Access Restrictions

    Activity Access Restrictions Unlock Delay After Completion of Other Activities

     

    Course Management

    Feature

    Totara

    Moodle

    LTI Integration

    Instructor-Led Training (ILT) Deliver and Track In-Person Training across Multiple Locations

     

    Instructor-Led Training (ILT) – Room and Resource Inventory Management (Double Booking Prevention)

     

    Instructor-Led Training (ILT) – Performance and Attendance Tracking

     

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