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? 

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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   Check Mark Check Mark
Course Curriculum Learning Paths (with restrictive access)  Check Mark Check Mark
Activity & Course Completion Criteria  Check Mark Check Mark
Discussion Forums  Check Mark Check Mark
Badges  Check Mark Check Mark
Polling  Check Mark  Check Mark
Assignments  Check Mark  Check Mark
SCORM Packages  Check Mark  Check Mark
Online Content Authoring with a Rich Content Editor  Check Mark  Check Mark
Survey/Feedback  Check Mark Check Mark
Face-to Face Bookings Check Mark Check Mark
Collaborative Learning (wiki, workshops, database, glossary, chat)  Check Mark Check Mark
Quizzing  Check Mark Check Mark
User Learning Paths  Check Mark Check Mark
Program Certification Check Mark
Recertification Paths Check Mark
Program Sequential Course Sets Check Mark
Programs Check Mark

User Management

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

Standard Reporting

Feature Moodle Totara
Online Gradebook   Check Mark Check Mark
Activity and Course Completion  Check Mark Check Mark
User Transcripts  Check Mark Check Mark

Standard Integration

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

Performance Management

Feature Totara Moodle
Track Informal Learning with Uploading Evidence   Check Mark
Competencies  Check Mark
Employee Appraisals  Check Mark
360 reviews  Check Mark


Feature Totara Moodle
Points, Awards, Leaderboards, and Badges   Check Mark  Check Mark

Content Marketplace

Feature Totara Moodle
e-Learning Content Marketplace with GO1   Check Mark
Integration with OpenSesame  Check Mark

API’s / Web Services

Feature Totara Moodle
Web Services for User Management, Course Enrollment, Grades, and SSO   Check Mark  Check Mark

Language and Localization

Feature Totara Moodle
Interface Translated in Over 25 Languages   Check Mark  Check Mark
Site and User Time-Zones  Check Mark  Check Mark
Content Language Tagging  Check Mark  Check Mark
Restrict View Content by Language
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Social Learning

Feature Totara Moodle
Forums, Wikis, Shared Glossaries, Shared Databases, Workshops, Group Assignments   Check Mark  Check Mark
User-to-User Messaging  Check Mark  Check Mark
Group Messaging  Check Mark

Catalogue Management section

Feature Totara Moodle
Custom Tile-Based Course Catalogue    Check Mark

Enrollment Management

Feature Totara Moodle
Self-Enrollment with Audience Restriction   Check Mark
Direct Seminar Event Enrollment  Check Mark
Direct Seminar Event Enrollment with Audience Restriction
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Design and Navigation

Feature Totara Moodle
Block-by-Block Customization   Check Mark
Main Navigation Menu Items Visibility Based on Dynamic Rules  Check Mark
Full-Length Block Regions at Top and Bottom of a Page for Dashboards, Front-Page, and Course Pages  Check Mark
Admin-by-Admin Customizable Administration Menu
 Check Mark

Adaptive Learning

Feature Totara Moodle
Activity Access Restrictions   Check Mark  Check Mark
Activity Access Restrictions Unlock Delay After Completion of Other Activities   Check Mark

Course Management

Feature Totara Moodle
LTI Integration   Check Mark  Check Mark
Instructor-Led Training (ILT) Deliver and Track In-Person Training across Multiple Locations   Check Mark
Instructor-Led Training (ILT) – Room and Resource Inventory Management (Double Booking Prevention)   Check Mark
Instructor-Led Training (ILT) – Performance and Attendance Tracking
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