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Recent blog posts (Totara Top Tips)

  • Appraisals can a bit awkward at the best of times - it’s always a bit weird to sit opposite your manager and have them assess your performance from the entire last year. Sometimes it feels like one or both of you are winging it, and haven’t come prepared with topics to discuss, which can make the whole exercise feel like nothing more than a box-ticking exercise.

  • One of any L&D professional’s key concerns will be delivering an effective learning programme on what inevitably feels like a tight budget. When you’re accountable for both a training budget and learning outcomes, which may include high-consequence compliance training, it’s essential that you’re spending that budget wisely - especially when you’re constantly being expected to do more for less. So the next time you’re reviewing your L&D budget, what are the key things to consider?

  • Anyone who has ever used a proprietary LMS will know what a pain it can be to make it your own - if it’s even possible. The costs for requesting one extra feature or piece of functionality can stack up fast, and it can be a time-consuming process coming up with workarounds for what’s already there. That’s why at Totara, we believe in giving organisations the freedom to innovate, so you’re free to customise your LMS with plugins and advanced features. Totara Learn is built to adapt to you so that you can customise without compromise.

    So, how does this work?

  • Just starting to get to grips with Totara but need a bit of help?

    Totara Partner Lambda Solutions has released a series of webinar recordings to help you get to know Totara, with topics ranging from system integrations to compliance to selecting the right LMS and more. Take a look at the videos below to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for using key features and functionality in Totara.

  • A common issue organisations run into when they invest in a new LMS is a lack of user engagement. For many businesses, their LMS will be the most expensive part of their learning strategy, but just because you’ve spent the money, that doesn’t mean your job is done - in fact, far from it. A comprehensive launch and internal marketing strategy can spell the difference between LMS success and failure, so we’ve put together some ideas to help you make the most of your learning platform.

  • With the recently implemented GDPR a hot topic, user data management is only set to become more important over the coming months and years. Users of systems both in and outside the workplace are becoming increasingly savvy, especially when it comes to their personal data, so whether GDPR applies to you or not, it is very possible that you will see an increase in the number of people wanting to know what personal data you store about them and how you use it.

  • “So, what does your company do then?”

    We’ve all been there. You enter a huge industry exhibition with a specific objective from your boss, whether that’s ‘find three potential suppliers for X product’ or ‘find a company that will help us solve Y challenge’, or even ‘find out what the next big thing in our sector will be and how we can beat the rush’. But in reality, it’s much harder than simply turning up, having a few conversations and leaving with a perfect list of vendors and ideas to consider.

  • The tale of the now-extinct dodo is a sad one. Sadly, not all birds are made equal, and unable to fly, the tasty flightless bird was hunted to extinction. Much like the sad demise of the fateful dodo, not all learning management systems are made equal. If an LMS fails to evolve with the needs of a business and its learners, it will eventually become threatened. Unable to prove its worth in its natural business habitat, the budgetary predators will circle, and the learning platform's survival will be under threat. This is usually down to lack of use, poor user engagement, and poor user experience, as well as a lack of business impact or results.

  • With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018 for all EU countries, many software suppliers are releasing system updates in order to comply with the requirements.

    Upgrading software can seem a daunting task and is often postponed by organisations, with the assumption that the process will be complicated, take an extended period of time, and involve a significant cost—not to mention potentially negatively affecting users.

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