ASU is rolling out Slack Enterprise, a collaborative communication tool that complements Email and excels with group communication. Slack is designed for group communication and is a useful tool in and out of the classroom.
The initial roll-out is focused on academic use, enabling course Slack workspaces and is available now. Engineering specific Slack Workspace is rolling out Fall 2019, with an initial focus on student facing services. Slack can be accessed from the web browser (https://asu.enterprise.slack.com/), or the Slack Client. Windows users can install the client from Software Center. You can also use the Slack smartphone app.
Helpful Links to get started:
- More information on the University’s plans for Slack
- View a video introducing Slack
- How-to documents and answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Instructions on enabling your Slack Course Workspace (part of setting up Canvas site)
- Instructions on adding TA/Graders
Presence: You always know when sending someone a message if they are Available, Away, or Busy at that moment.
Persistence: Unlike other ‘chat’ software, the entire history of communication is preserved and searchable. New additions to the team immediately have access to the communication history.
Instant: Messaging is quick and more informal compared to Email. Responding or acknowledging messages can be as quick as clicking the Reaction icon.
Organized Channels: Messages arrive in your course workspaces and pre-defined Channels, rather than one giant inbox. Responses are to Message Threads, rather than individual emails (that may be out of sequence). Channels allow you to organize messages by Projects, Assignments, or whatever criteria works best for you. Channels are also great for groups within class, giving them a space for collaboration separate from the full course enrollment.
@mention: Call out someone (or a group) to make them pay attention to a message – everything else is FYI. People can control notification preferences.
Guests: Guests can be added to Slack – both from within ASU, and externally. If someone has an email address, they can be invited to collaborate.
Application Integration: The workspace owner can add from a growing list of applications to integrate with Slack. Recommended applications include Zoom (for audio/video conferencing), OneDrive (storage), Trello (tasks), Polly (surveys), and GitHub (development). Canvas integration is under development as well.