What's new?
  • 06 Jun 2024
  • 6 minutes to read

What's new?

Article summary

May 2024

Comments on Totara goals

A new Comments tab allows users and their managers to comment on their goals in order to keep track of their progress and provide context when they update the goal. Goal comments also make use of Totara's centralised notifications functionality.


Totara goal UI improvements

We have also made a number of improvements to the Totara goals page. This includes improved sorting and filtering, and goal cards now display the number of comments and the goal progress. Additionally the goal UI now makes it clearer when a goal task has been completed.


March 2024

Totara goal tasks and linked courses

You can now add tasks to Totara goals, breaking down each goal into simple, achievable steps. Each task can also have a course linked to it, which helps to embed learning in the goal-setting process. Users and their managers can tick off the task list as they make progress towards their goal.


Goal reporting

A new report source has been added to allow users to report on Totara goals and their related tasks and linked courses. This report source can be used to provide Site Administrators and managers with the data required to identify impactful learning resources and monitor goal adherence. The report includes metrics such as goal completion rates and course utilisation. 


Manager view of team's goals

Managers can now view the goals page for each of their team members, enabling them to support their team in setting goals and monitoring their progress.


Clone certifications

You can now duplicate an existing certification, allowing you to use a certification as a template and quickly set up new certifications.


Improved fixed expiry certifications

The way fixed certification expiry dates are handled has been improved, removing the need for a manual workaround.


Program and certification UI improvements for learners

The learner view of programs and certifications has been improved and modernised, making it easier to tell what is required to complete the program/certification at a glance.

Performance activity filtering improvements

A new multi-select filter makes it easier to filter your performance activities by activity type, progress, or status.


New performance activity participation and response reporting capabilities

Two new capabilities have been added for participation and response reporting on performance activities: mod/perform:report_on_staff_responses and mod/perform:manage_staff_participation. These can be used if you experience performance issues with performance activity reporting.


February 2024

Topics have been integrated with tags

The topics functionality has been integrated into the tags feature, meaning you can manage tags for user-generated content (resources and playlists) with a tag collection. You can also use the same tag collection for both learning content (courses, categories and programs) and user-generated content, allowing users to use the same filter(s) for all of your catalogue content.


Add courses to workspace libraries and playlists

If you are using Totara Learn with Totara Engage, you can add your site's courses to workspace libraries and playlists as of Totara 18.2, allowing you to make use of your existing learning materials and provide access to users who may be interested in them.


Numerical custom fields

There are two new custom field types available: Decimal input and Integer input. These fields can be used to add and aggregate numeric information to user profiles, courses, positions, organisations, and more.


PDF improvements

PDF documents now open in a new tab when clicked. Additionally, PDF documents can be embedded in Weka content areas as cards.


Multi-select filter for competency reports

The new Competency name (multi-choice) filter in Totara 18.2 allows users to select multiple competencies for reports using the Competency assignments, Competency ratings, and Competency status report sources.


Improved look and feel

User interfaces have been improved and modernised for a range of features.

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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