What's new?
  • 05 Dec 2023
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What's new?

Article Summary

December 2023

Performance overview page

The new Performance overview page allows you to see a summary of how you're progressing through your goals, competencies and performance activities at a glance. Donut graphs visually display the status of your performance items, and the various items are listed by status (e.g. Progressed, Not progressed, Not started). Managers can also view the Performance overview for their direct reports.


Totara goals

The new Totara goals system is designed to support performance review processes in combination with performance activities. These goals can be created, reviewed and updated from within the flow of performance activities.


Modern login page

We have introduced a new login screen with a modern look and feel, which will be enabled by default.


Tenant reporting

Tenant Domain Managers and Customer Admins can create reports that are specific to a tenant, allowing these users to only see relevant data for their tenant.


Clone a program

You can now duplicate a program, copying its details, contents (i.e. course sets), and notifications. This allows you to use your existing programs as the basis for a new program, rather than creating every new program from scratch.


New program content UI

The program Content tab has been modernised, improving the process for adding and configuring course sets, making it easier to visualise a program's content and the relationship between course sets.


New activity completion report

There is a new report source which allows you to see activity completion data across your site.


Schedule user deletion

You can now schedule when suspended user accounts will be deleted, and therefore when their data will be purged from your system. This can help you to comply with data privacy laws, such as GDPR, with less manual work for your team.


Bulk action for removing force password change flag

A new bulk action allows you to remove the Force password change flag from multiple user accounts at once.


Create a goal in a performance activity

A new performance activity element allows users to create new Totara goals in the flow of their performance activities.


Response redisplay improvement

You can now configure the Response redisplay element in performance activities to display a response from an earlier section in the current activity instance, allowing users to see earlier responses without needing to toggle back and forth between different sections.


July 2023

Ventura Cloud

Totara Cloud has a new and improved theme called Ventura Cloud. A number of user interfaces across Totara have been modernised, providing a sleek, consistent user experience.


Pathway course format

The Pathway format is a new course format that provides a streamlined, modern user experience in which Learners see a single activity or resource at a time. The left-hand sidebar shows an overview of the user's progress through the course, and allows the user to jump to other activities.

This format is best used for courses with multiple activities that aren't reliant on blocks.


H5P course activity

The H5P plugin is an interactive content authoring and publishing tool that enables users to create rich and engaging learning experiences including interactive videos, quizzes, and games, without the need for advanced technical skills. You can now add H5P activities to your courses in Totara.


IntelliData learning analytics integration

IntelliData is a comprehensive learning analytics and reporting platform designed to provide actionable insights into the effectiveness of training and development programs. With its powerful data visualisation tools, this integration allows organisations to leverage the data captured by Totara to make informed decisions about their training programs.


Featured links block improvements

Totara Cloud adds some useful configuration options for the featured links block, such as full-width tiles and middle-aligned titles. The block now uses text editors for the block content, meaning you can add images and more flexible formatting. Additionally you can now add placeholders to blocks to personalise them with information about the logged-in user.


SFTP support for HR import

You can now request access to use SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to import your user data into HR import. Once you have access you can set up HR import to use CSV files from your system, then automate your imports via SFTP.


SAML SSO authentication

To streamline the login process for users, you can now use Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication. This functionality allows users to log in to Totara Cloud using their existing credentials, eliminating the need for multiple usernames and passwords. SAML SSO enhances the user experience, improves security, and reduces administrative overhead for Totara administrators.


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