Newly released Seminar makes classroom management even easier

With the eagerly awaited release of Seminar now here, our customers can more effectively manage face-to-face events within Totara LMS and reap the benefits of creating a seamless blended training experience.

As the lead developer, Learning Pool is excited to see Seminar being released in Totara 9 later this year but even more excited to be able to provide it to our Totara customers today.

Totara LMS offers a low cost, highly customisable alternative to expensive and inflexible Learning Management Systems and Seminar forms an integral part of our recent Totara upgrade.

How important is Seminar?

At the heart of effective blended learning is combining and aligning learning undertaken in face-to-face sessions with learning opportunities created online. Put simply, Seminar means that both online and offline activities can be managed and reported upon all in one central place.

One of our customer’s blended learning programmes illustrates how this can work successfully. Learners completed seven e-learning modules as part of a Dementia Awareness’s Programme and then attended a half day facilitated workshop to develop individual action plans. As a result, the number of learners doubled.

This blended approach enabled the development of 820 people from one central source, with just 410 days spent away from the office, saving an impressive £15,700 in training costs.

What are the big wins to be had with Seminar?

Seminar delivers a multitude of benefits for the learner, manager and administrator.

For learners

One of the big benefits for the learner is the intuitive interface which makes reserving classroom-based training a breeze. Learners can now access a seminar session directly from the enhanced course catalogue and be automatically enrolled on the event in one click removing any confusion.

The self-service availability for course bookings saved one of our customers over 1,200 hours of administration time in one year, which contributed to an overall reduction in training costs by 80%.

For managers

By using Seminar, managers can now book their team members on to individual events and workshops. This complements and builds upon the existing Totara features of managers being able to create and manage their team members’ Individual Development Plans and programmes of learning.

For administrators

The laborious task of entering attendance data is a task that’s not revered by many. Seminar now takes this drudgery away and saves crucial time since attendance can be marked in bulk from the attendance page or by uploading a ‘csv file’.

An improved reporting dashboard allows administrators to see all the their events in one place with clear colour codings showing the likes of overbooked and cancelled events.

Want to know more?

If you are one of our Totara customers, you’ll find a wide range of supporting resources around Seminar on the Learning Pool Academy.

Maybe you’d like to experience Seminar as part of a free Totara LMS demo or have one of our learning consultants to introduce you to the power of Totara LMS via a live demo? Just get in touch.


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