Dashboards allow content to be displayed on selected user's Home page. Dashboards are able to be assigned to audiences and users can select and customise their assigned dashboards if allowed.
The default home page is initially set to the Totara dashboard for all logged in users on a new site. To change this, from the Administration block go to Site Administration > Appearance > Navigation > Default home page > Totara dashboard.
The Totara dashboard is also referred to as the My Learning page and can be accessed by clicking on the Dashboard tab. It contains the Current learning block, which is a really useful way for learners to see their progress and any outstanding learning.
(This video is taken from the Dashboards and basic theming course in the Totara Academy, where you can access more resources and learning materials - including other videos).
Click Create dashboard.
Choose from Assigned audiences - Availability: Available to no users, Available to all logged in users, Available only to the following audiences.
Select the arrow icon to change the order of dashboards.
When a user is assigned to more than one dashboard the dashboard that is higher up in the order is displayed.
Select clone dashboard icon to make a copy of the dashboard including the blocks that have been added to it and any audience assignments.
Select Reset dashboard for all users resets the selected dashboard to the original layout for all assigned users.
In order to edit dashboard blocks users require the following capabilities. Manage dashboard (totara/dashboard:manage) allows the user to manage the dashboard and Manage dashboard blocks (totara/dashboard:manageblocks) allows the user to manage blocks on dashboards. Additionally, users require the capability to configure system templates for My Learning pages (moodle/my:configsyspages).
Users that have been assigned to a dashboard and have the dashboard unlocked are able to customise the dashboard.
If you need to go back to the original dashboard before customising select the Reset dashboard to default button.
There is a Dashboards block that can be used to allow users to select their dashboard if the user has more than one assigned dashboard.
The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Dashboards and basic theming in Totara Learn. Here you can learn more on how to customise your site's appearance, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.