L&D teams everywhere know that a key priority for learning professionals today is to do more for less. All stakeholders want to know that their investment is paying off, whether that's through cost savings, increased efficiency or increased productivity and output. Too many organisations fail to collect this information and then struggle to prove the value of their learning management system to their key stakeholders, which can make it difficult to secure extra budget further down the line.
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At Totara, we strongly believe in giving our subscribers the freedom to create a learning platform that meets their needs without compromise. Unfortunately, with proprietary systems, you have no say over the roadmap, you often can’t customise the platform to your own specifications and you will probably end up working around the limitations of the LMS instead of the LMS working around you.
For many organisations, a learning management system will be the most expensive element of their learning programme. The LMS sets the foundation for your entire online learning offering, and can determine whether your entire programme succeeds or fails. A user-friendly, fully branded LMS with personalised, engaging content will keep users coming back for an easy learning experience, whereas requiring them to make too many clicks, confusing navigation or an unattractive, outdated look and feel will put them off and hinder your engagement rates.
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.
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.