22 May 2019

Jonny McAlister

Head of Sales & Marketing

Synergy Learning is a Certified Moodle Services Provider and a Platinum Totara Partner. We’re proud to be an award-winning partner delivering results across both open-source learning platforms. However, we have a one question we get asked a lot:

What are the main differences between the platforms?

It’s pretty simple when you break it down. Here’s Moodle’s explanation of Moodle LMS:

“Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.”

Moodle LMS

Moodle LMS is an open source software that’s popular with educational institutions that provide distance learning. But Moodle has evolved to include capabilities for corporate training and management. As a highly flexible LMS with over 1000 plugins, Moodle’s features and functions can be extended to include assignments, quizzes, grading, certification, and social and collaborative learning.

Because it’s an open-source platform, Moodle users can benefit from a global community of developers who are actively engaged in improving the user experience.

Totara Learn

Totara Learn extends the core structure of Moodle for corporate, healthcare, and government training environments. The LMS is designed to address the core requirements expected of a high-end corporate LMS—for example, taking into account organisation structure to drive learning.

To make things even more simple we have put together a component overview of both platforms that highlights the key differences in the platforms. This handy functionality chart will help you quickly compare and contrast features

Moodle v Totara

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