Totara Academy – an education resource from Totara
By Jamie Harwood on October 22, 2019
The Totara Academy is a resource provided by Totara offering interactive videos, exercises and assessments on a whole range of functionality included in Totara products. It is perfect for users with every level of experience. Content is accessed via their popular Totara Community hub here https://totara.community/
How much does it cost? Anyone can join the Totara Community for free and access the Academy. Staff of Totara Partners and Subscribers enjoy full access to all Totara product learning resources. The Academy also offers access to the Skills Journey whichdoes require a subscription.
Every month Totara releases new courses to their Totara Academy and a series of best practice webinars. In this short post we will cover some of the most recent courses and highlight the benefits for all Totara customers.
Building on Social Learning – Assignments and Workshop functionality
The quiz functionality is well suited for checking knowledge gaps where the course content is not embedded in an e-Learning SCORM course. It is perfect for checking learners have read and understood a face to face training session, read documents or PDFs and concentrated during that long webinar or video!
Sometimes you need to assess learners in more detail, through longer responses, for review by the trainer. Assignments is perfect for this. As social learning and sharing becomes more popular Totara’s Workshop activities allow learners to submit responses to questions for peer-review by other learners on the course.
October’s Totara Academy course delves into Assignments and Workshop functionality in more detail. If you are a Totara user and have a Totara Community account you can view the new Academy course here.
Course Creator program
A brand new Course Creator program was created in September and covers the fundamentals of creating courses and activities in Totara Learn. Comprising smaller feature-focussed courses, you can work through the program in any order at your own pace. This is an excellent way to get a new system administrator to learn the basics of creating courses.
Continuing the theme of social learning another course Totara released recently was “Social Tools”, this course explores how to:
- Set up forums
- Create chat rooms
- Use social tools to build an engaged online learning community
Remember, these courses are based on the Totara V12 LMS and will not reflect your local Think Learning code base or bespoke developments but provide an excellent, free, grounding in all aspects of Totara functionality.
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