Social learning is about conversation and collaboration. It is centered on individuals coming together often in unstructured ways – sharing and creating new information, bouncing ideas around, asking questions and finding out what’s really happening. It is often estimated that less than 10% of an organisation’s learning and development happens during formal courses and e-learning. Most people learn through watching, doing, sharing, coaching and mentoring. These social learning processes can be facilitated by Totara Social.

What is Totara Social? 

Totara Social is an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) designed to foster collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing across the extended enterprise. It opens the flow of knowledge and is a catalyst for collaboration throughout your organisation.

Key features

Totara Social allows you to:


Create, remix and share – Create content, add web pages, use your favourite tools and embed external media, pull in Google Apps, add recent blog or forum posts, videos and more. Mix and mash with drag and drop. Share – you decide where. Spin-off a copy and remix for a different audience.

Social Network

Share ideas, work on them together – Propose ideas, add descriptions, tags and files. Choose where to share, everyone, individual connections or one or more groups. Or develop your idea further in private. Vote on ideas and add comments. Include your ideas when mixing pages to share.


Create and maintain networks – Break the silos with Connections and Groups. Stay connected without the noise. You control what’s included. Choose the right level of notifications to receive and select the contributions, people, and tags that interest you. Use Group based feeds to ensure focused up-to-date information.

Build Knowledge

Build and share knowledge – ask a question – Define who it goes to – get a list of answers. Answers can be sorted by most recent or “like” votes on the answer. The Question owner can mark any answer as the best answer as well as change their best answer choice at any time.  Answer authors can edit/delete answers – the status of the Question will open again. Searchable, shareable, powerful.


Blog – Work “out loud” virtually. Create separate blogs for projects or groups. Use the editor, embed images, add files and choose whether to accept comments. Share posts or whole blogs with your connections or Groups.


Profile skills – Create talent pools, a digital CV or an extended profile with a range of flexible fields. Share one or more fields when creating a page to share.

The video below is a short introduction to the system that enables communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

Totara Social Resources

Totara have produced a range of fantastic guides on social learning. Click below to access these:

Part One: Learning in the Social Age: 4 social learning habits you should form

Part One: Learning in the Social Age: 4 Social lLearning habits you should form

Part Two: Social Learning: 7 ways to get engagement

Part Two: Social Learning: 7 ways to get engagement

Part Three: Social Learning: Bringing it into your blends

Part Three: Social Learning: Bringing it into blends

Part Four: Social Learning: 6 Tips for building authority

Part Four: Social Learning: 6 Tips for building authority