A group of people with a shared sense of purpose, values, goals, or attitudes.
Paul Baran, "On Distributed Communications"
What is Slack?
- Instant messages
- Chat rooms ("channels")
- File Sharing
How we used Slack in DGST101
Slack channels in the client.
DGST101 modules on DGST101.net.
Did Students use Slack?
Messages by Students
Average Messages Per Student
Cat Facts (/catfact)
Did it work?
When students made it their own
But also No:
Some students used it rarely or never
Slack is Pretty Good At:
Quick responses, a sense of shared presence
Discussion and reactions during class
- Group Coordination
Ad hoc channels, group messaging, document sharing
Students finding intrinsic motivation to join a peer group by recognizing their own place within that community
Slack isn't Great At:
- Iterative Collaboration
- Long conversations with multiple threads
- Foregrounding Essential Class Information
- Authoritative Broadcast Messaging
Slack is not Magic