Slack facilitates quick, informal communication through group and one-to-one messaging, file sharing, emojis, and other multimedia content. Third-party integrations such as Zoom, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive can turn Slack into a collaboration hub. It can be used synchronously or asynchronously.
Use Case and Benefits
Channel for During Class: Students across modalities can post questions, upvote each others' questions with emojis, or answer each other's questions. After class, students can share notes they take about the materials.
Facilitate Group Work: Create one private channel for each group. Group members can share files, type to each other, and start Zoom meetings in their group channel.
Build a Class FAQ: Students can ask course-related questions in Slack at any time instead of sending an email to you. Encourage students to respond to each others' questions. Slack is fully searchable.
Improve Community Building: Have non-course-related conversations in separate channels. Share related optional materials with the class.