Learn Practical Totara Tips in our User Conference Workshops

Five weeks from now, a congregation of our devoted Totara community members from across New Zealand will be heading over to Wellington for our 2019 New Zealand Totara User Conference, 7-8 August. 

Along with our Totara Users, Totara Partners will be participating in the event by hosting hands-on workshops on Day 1 of the User Conference. 

"Good range of presenters giving examples of how they were using Totara to deliver the different types of learning their users needed. Excellent practical workshops (the 3 I attended!)."

Attendee feedback from the 2019 APAC User Conference in Melbourne. 

These workshops are designed to help the learning and development professionals understand what's happening in the industry and how to effectively apply some of these elements into the workplace (where it permits). Totara Partners are passionate and knowledgeable on these topics and all users attending are encouraged to get hands-on during the workshops. Spread across three streams throughout the day, users can pick and choose the right workshops for them and curate their day as need be. Best part? If you can't make the main event on Day 2, you can still pop into a workshop and vice-versa. 

Let's take a look at what workshops are available at the New Zealand Totara User Conference this August: 

Stream 1: 9.00 - 11.00 am

Workshop 1 -  H5P, saying goodbye to SCORM, hosted by Catayst IT

An introductory session for content creators to the open source plugin for Totara called H5P. This will be a practical session with an opportunity to build a course presentation, column, drag and drop a question and a hotspot activity. Suitable for beginners to intermediate users looking to extend their knowledge and see some practical example of H5P being used in Totara to deliver content.

Users who attend will: 

  • Gain knowledge of H5P as a content authoring tool 
  • Learn the basics of how to use H5P 
  • Create your own interactive activity using H5P. 

Workshop 2 - People insights: using people data to drive learning impact, hosted by Kineo

In this workshop, attendees will develop an understanding of L&D's relationship with data and how to use it more effectively within L&D and across your organisation by using the tools available within Totara Learn to support data-driven learning impact. 

The session will cover off: 

  • Operational: using organisational data to drive structure/reporting in Totara (e.g. programs, audiences, and dashboards)
  • Strategic: Using Totara to drive organisational change
  • Transformational: Predictive modeling and recommendations for action plans and organisational agility. 

Sign me up for the workshops! 

Workshop tickets are selling out quick - get yours before it's too late. 

Stream 2: 11:30 - 13:30 pm 

Workshop 3 - Find the Audience Superhero in You, hosted by Catalyst IT 

Audiences are an amazing and powerful Totara feature. But, with that power comes responsibility and the need for a special set of superhero skills. As your site matures you will naturally add more Audiences, and by the time you've reached a few dozen, you'll find that Audiences now control you. 

This session is about regaining your superpowers with Audiences and is intended for those using or planning to use the Audience feature in Totara Learn. 

Workshop 4 - Out of the Box; The Art of Configuration, hosted by Synapsys 

This session will look at how a Totara Learn site can be properly scoped and configured to deliver effective learning for an organisation. We'll show you how to personalise your learning, provide meaningful dashboards and deliver targeted microlearning to reach the right audience. We'll also address the big issue of when to resort to customisation and go through a case study to demonstrate this. We'll look at the process from both the perspective of a new implementation and an upgrade to an existing site. 

By attending this workshop, you'll gain a better understanding of: 

  • The key elements involved in configuring your Totara Learn site
  • How to use dashboards to get the right information to the right users and create a personalised view within the system.
  • The benefits of a well-configured Totara Learn site and how you can leverage the features to deliver a personalised experience for your learners. 
  • Microlearning in action and how badges can effectively be used to reward progress through learning pathways. 
  • The benefits of configuration and when to resort to customisation to have more control over your learning budgets. 

"The workshop was a great opportunity to work in a small group and learning more about Totara. They are extremely beneficial." 

Attendee feedback from the 2018 APAC User Conference in Sydney. 

Stream 3 - 14.30 - 16.30 

Workshop 5 - Working smart with custom fields, hosted by Learning Works 

Have you ever wanted to tag courses to help your learners find relevant courses, or group courses within a report, for example, by the type of course? Maybe you want to have version control for your courses. These are some of the things you can course custom fields for. 

This session will show you some ways in which you can use course custom fields. Beyond the obvious of showing you how to add custom fields to your Totara Learn site and courses, this session will show you how to use them in programs, report builder reports, and the course catalogue. 

There will be an opportunity to try for yourself in a sandpit Totara site available for participants, so bring along a laptop. Better still, if you have your own Totara sandpit site you can follow along in your own. 

On successful completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • list uses for Custom Fields
  • Add Custom Fields to courses
  • use Custom Fields information in programmes
  • use Custom Fields in the Course Catalogue 
  • use Custom Fields in Report Builder reports. 

Workshop 6 - Experience API: A practical application solving real-world problems, hosted by Androgogic 

The session will explore xAPI including how it merged and why and how it works. It will then explore a practical example of xAPI in action in the interoperation of learning records across institutions in the Health and other sectors. The session will be of benefit to learning and development professionals seeking to understand how online learning standards-based specifications are evolving and how new standards such as xAPI can be used to support learning and teaching in their workplace.

The session objectives include allowing attendees to develop: 

  • An understanding of the history of online learning standards-based specifications and where xAPI fits into that journey. 
  • An understanding of how xAPI works and what it can be used for. 
  • Knowledge of what a practical application of xAPI looks like and an awareness of other, less achievable options for using xAPI. 

After your day of workshops meets us on Day 2 

"I loved being able to connect with others using Totara as well as connecting with Totara personnel to learn more about the future vision of product development." 

Ateendee feedback from the 2019 EMEA User Conference in London. 

The main event kicks off on Day 2, where we have a full day of exciting case studies and speakers by Totara users within the New Zealand community. Our speakers will be covering off more topics like increasing learner engagement, best practice onboarding, Audiences in real scenarios and much more. 

Not to mention, our local Totara team will be onsite to share exciting news about the Totara Learn roadmap, upcoming products and more information about recent Community updates including our brand new industry groups. So come along for a wicked two days of Totara learning and we'll see you in Wellington! 

Join the New Zealand Totara User Conference 

Get your tickets to the workshops of your choice, or join us for the main event on Day 2, 7 - 8 August 2019. Are you ready to join teh congregation of likeminded Totara users? 


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