What's new?
  • 12 May 2022
  • 3 Minutes to read

What's new?


There are a number of improvements and new features for Totara 16 across all of our products.

Totara Learn

You can find more information about the features included in Totara Learn in the Totara Learn section of this documentation.

LinkedIn Learning improvements

LinkedIn Learning content can now be added to Totara Learn courses as activities, allowing you to complement your existing learning instead of using the imported content as standalone courses. Additionally, improvements have been made to completion tracking. Completion status and progress are synchronised with LinkedIn Learning and Totara when learners enrol on a course in Totara after completing it in LinkedIn Learning.

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Course due dates

It is now possible to add a due date for courses. Setting this date allows notifications to be triggered for learners based on the course due date. 

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Centralised notifications

There are new centralised notifications for courses, course activities, and seminars. The course activity and course notifications are entirely new, but the seminar notifications replace the existing system - which is now being referred to as legacy notifications. We have created a guide on transitioning to the new seminar notifications

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Ad hoc seminar messages

As part of the modernisation of the seminar notification system into centralised notifications (see above) the ad hoc message feature has now been separated out. This will still allow you to send one-off message to seminar attendees, as it did previously, but now with a dedicated link. 

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Totara Engage

You can find more information about the features included in Totara Engage in the Totara Engage section of this documentation. 

Add audiences to workspaces

You can now assign both set and dynamic audiences to workspaces, adding all members of selected audiences simultaneously. When users are added to or removed from the assigned audiences, they will automatically be added to or removed from the workspace. This means that workspace membership can be controlled automatically by audience rules, i.e. when a user meets the criteria for a dynamic audience they will be added to the workspace immediately, without any input from the Workspace Owner.

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Improvements to joining a workspace

When requesting to join a private workspace it is now possible to add some text to explain why you are making the request. You will also receive a notification of the Workspace Owner's decision, whether they chose to approve or decline your request. This way you will always know if your request has been handled. 

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Declining a workspace request with a reason

When you choose to decline a request to join a private workspace you can now enter a reason, which will be sent out with the rejection notification. This way the user understands why their request was declined.

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Totara Perform

For more information on the features of Totara Perform see the Totara Perform section of this documentation. 

Assign a performance activity to an individual

Previously you could assign performance activities to groups of users, such as an audience, a position, or an organisation - now you can also assign a performance activity to a specific individual. 

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Configure features

There are a number of new settings in Configure features relating to Totara Perform. These are related to new abilities to close activities for suspended users, and around role changing for participant instances. 

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Performance activity settings

A number of new settings have been added to performance activities. These include changes to the Automatic closure setting, the ability to add a Direct report as a Responding participant, and a new setting to handle participant changes (Manage relationship participation).

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Bulk close performance activities

It is now possible to close all subject and participant instances for a performance activity at once.

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Changes to manual performance activity handling

The way you manually manage a performance activity has slightly changed. There is now an icon of three dots (three_dots(1)) that is used to access the management options. You can also now choose to delete an individual instance.

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Totara Help

The documentation for Totara 16 is now available on the new Totara Help site. We have created a guide to help you find your way around the new site and find the information you're looking for.

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