At Totara, we’ve always been purveyors of open source software. We believe it’s a win-win situation - you benefit from the expertise of an ever-growing network of learning experts and software developers, and our products improve in the ways you need them to.
Recent blog posts (Open Source & Collaboration)
The Totara Community is moving, and we want your feedback to ensure we give our global community of partners, subscribers and experts the best possible experience.
We are moving the Totara Community from our Totara Learn platform over to Totara Social. There are three main reasons for doing this:
Many organisations feel unable to leave their existing learning technology vendor as they fear they will lose control of their software, when in actual fact they are losing more control and increasing business risk by staying with the status quo.
When Xtractor joined the Totara community some four years ago, we also took our first steps into the open source world. At that time, open source was also almost unheard of in corporate learning in Sweden. Since then, in addition to the success with Totara Learn, we’ve also successfully launched the open source authoring tool Adapt in Scandinavia.
While many are ready to write off the LMS, there are good reasons to think that learning management platforms are evolving to meet new requirements in an accelerating technological climate.
There are plenty of plaintive cries across the learning technology sector, trying to sell you variations on these themes:
The LMS is dead.
Kill the LMS.
The LMS is a dinosaur nearing extinction.
X reasons why the LMS fails the modern learner.
What’s next for the LMS?
There are a lot of myths surrounding open source, and over the years we've heard them all. In this post, we address some of the most common misconceptions people have about open source software, and explain why some of the world's largest and most trusted organisations opt for open source solutions.
This is a guest post from Webanywhere's Conor Gilligan. You can find the original post here.
"How can we give our subject matter experts and our partner organisations the ability to design and publish courses on our Totara LMS?"
We recently published our case study about Ko Awatea and Counties Manukau District Health Board’s (CMDHB) Totara LMS, LEARN, thought to be one of the largest learning platforms in New Zealand, which is breaking down silos in the fragmented New Zealand healthcare sector with a collaboratively built and maintained LMS. The LEARN platform is a fantastic success story with tangible results being felt across New Zealand, and I wanted to share how the our open, collaborative approach is proving beneficial to district health boards (DHBs) and patients across a significant part of New Zealand.
When it comes to open source, collaboration is key to the development of software that benefits everyone in the community. The idea is simple: everyone in the community has the power to contribute their own ideas and code to the product, helping to reduce time spent duplicating efforts across the community and benefitting everyone with the best new features and functionality from across the network. That’s how we work at Totara Learning - we welcome input from across our Partner network, helping us ensure we’re delivering features that will benefit our end users.