Whatever type of classroom you find yourself in this fall, digital tools are increasingly important to our teaching repertoire. Every day there’s a new platform or upgrade to existing technology. A quick Google search will show you hundreds of innovative tools to facilitate teaching and learning in digital spaces, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
For those of us looking to break through the limitations of learning management systems (such as Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas) without reinventing the wheel, Slack is an intuitive, flexible platform that allowed us to create more effective learning spaces. And it’s fun to boot.
Slack is still fairly new to us. We first learned about it at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Conference in Austin, Tex., in June 2017. The organizers nudged us to eschew traditional conference communiqué (emails or a table staffed with tired graduate students) and asked us to use Slack as a centralized hub for conversations, questions and file sharing. While our appreciation for Slack did not develop overnight, after experimenting in our in-person, distance-learning and online classrooms, we found a lot to love.
[ Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed. ]
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