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The Totara Community, a free online space for learning professionals, has reported a 214% increase in logins since much of the world entered into lockdown.

Rachel Griffith-Boyes, Head of Community Services

New Totara Community signups have also increased by 50% since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, showing that learners are flooding to the Totara Community in their droves to access free online learning and to connect with their learning peers.

The data also reveals a staggering 600% increase in site users compared with the same period last year, representing a significant increase in interest in formal and informal learning focused specifically on L&D professionals across sectors.

Rachel Griffith-Boyes, Head of Community Services for the Totara Community, said: “We’re so pleased to feel we’re supporting our users at this difficult time. As a free online community, our whole raison d’être is to provide access to resources, training and spaces to collaborate with others. We know many organizations are moving to remote working, and perhaps transitioning their learning online for the first time. The global pandemic is presenting a raft of new challenges for our colleagues working in learning and development around the world, so to see that those users are coming to the Community for support makes us all very proud.”

And it’s not just about new members. Course enrolments have almost doubled since lockdown began, with course completions up by a third. There have also been over twice as many course enrolments compared to the same period last year, showing that learning professionals are making the most of these unprecedented and uncertain times by focusing on improving their skills online.

Dedicated sector spaces for users to discuss industry-specific issues and share knowledge with peers in their sector have proved particularly popular, with the New Zealand Government using the government sector space to share valuable remote working resources with other government departments and agencies worldwide.

Totara Content Partners GO1 and Core Learning have also provided remote working and COVID-19 resources free of charge to members of the Totara Community, helping to minimize disruption for Totara customers around the world.

The Totara Community is open to all, and learning experts around the world and members of the Totara team are always available to answer questions or discuss learning challenges during these challenging times. Anyone looking to join thousands of learning professionals worldwide can get started today by signing up for a free Totara Community account.