What is it?
Unified chat tool for communicating with teams
Why use it?
Slack streamlines communication, making it a beneficial tool for courses, clubs, and workplaces. It allows users to create multiple channels within workspaces, which is ideal for organizing group communications; its direct message feature enables users to connect one on one. For courses, Slack allows faculty to connect with all students individually or all at once, and students are able to enjoy a class community outside of the physical classroom.
Use case example
Mark Allen, professor of art, incorporated Slack into his pedagogy for the Fall 2020 semester. This allowed him to create a social classroom dynamic that existed online. He created different channels for weekly assignments, which allowed his students to give and receive feedback to and from their peers. It also allowed him, as the professor, to give more casual and conversational feedback to his students.
See Mark Allen discuss his use of Slack:
How do I get started
Start at slack.pomona.edu to get logged in through CAS.
Choose your Workspace to get connected.
Slack can be run through the browser, but for best results, download the
client from https://slack.com/downloads/
How do I get help?
ITS Staff is available to answer your questions and meet you for a consultation and/or group training, if needed. We can help brainstorm ideas for using Slack in your teaching based on your specific needs and discipline. Simply reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also browse through our support resources to help answer your question(s).
Help from ITS-Pomona
The following includes Pomona specific instructions
- Slack basics and FAQs
- How to add Pomona and non-Pomona users to your channel
- How to create a new channel
For more how-to information, please see the full library of written tutorials.
Help from Slack
For more information, please see Slack’s library of resources.
- November 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- December 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- December 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- December 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
- January 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm