What are discussions?
  • 05 Jul 2023
  • 1 minute to read

What are discussions?

Article summary

Discussions are a key part of getting the most out of your workspaces. The Discuss tab gives workspace users a place to ask questions and start conversations on topics related to the workspace.

Using discussions

Workspace users can start a discussion by creating a new thread, and other users can then join in. Discussions can include text, links, attached files and images, as well as embedded media. Users can comment on each other's posts and reply to other comments.

Participants can add hashtags to their comments (e.g. #leadership), or mention other users to notify them about the post (e.g. @alexp).

If a user who started the discussion is suspended or deleted from the site, the discussion will remain active but the poster's user information won't be displayed. Instead the profile picture will be replaced with a generic icon and the user information will be replaced with placeholders. If the user is purged and discussion data is also selected to be purged, the discussion and all comments will be permanently deleted.

Users can also report inappropriate discussion posts and comments, allowing Site Administrators or Workspace Owners to remove the content if required.

Sorting and searching discussions

Users looking for discussions on a specific topic or wanting to revisit a discussion can use the search bar. This searches for any text included in the original posts and comments.

You can also sort discussion topics in order of when they were originally posted (Date posted) or how recently someone has commented on them (Last updated).


Any files uploaded in discussions will be stored in the workspace's Files area. You can access this page by clicking Browse files from the Discuss tab.

The files section of a workspace.

Here you can click the file's name to view the file, or click Download to save a local copy of the file. Additionally you can click View discussion to see the discussion thread in which the file was uploaded. When you have a large number of files in a workspace, you can filter the list to show a specific File format, or sort by Uploaded date, Name or Size.

Join the conversation on Workspaces in the Totara Community. 

The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Workspaces in Totara Engage. Here you can find out more about setting up and using workspaces, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.

© Copyright 2024 Totara Learning Solutions. All rights reserved.

Was this article helpful?

Changing your password will log you out immediately. Use the new password to log back in.
First name must have atleast 2 characters. Numbers and special characters are not allowed.
Last name must have atleast 1 characters. Numbers and special characters are not allowed.
Enter a valid email
Enter a valid password
Your profile has been successfully updated.