Slack is a system that is like a combination of instant messaging, email, and forums. We’ll use Slack in the class for annoucements, discussions, and getting help.
The URL for Slack for our class is http://hcin720-fall15.slack.com.
To get connected to Slack, I will have to send you an invitation, which I’ll do after the first class.
Slack is organized into “channels,” which are topic-specifc areas. I’ve set up a number of channels to start with, and may add some more as the semester proceeds. Slack organizes channels alphabetically. At the start of class, we have:
If you want to ensure that someone (such as me) sees your message, use
a mention. You do this like Twitter: use the
@ symbol with the
person’s username. For example:
@dan I'm missing a wire from my kit.
When you type the
@ symbol Slack will show you a list of people so
you don’t have to remember usernames.
You can do a direct chat with someone via the Direct Messages menu on
the left. This can be seen only by the two people involved in the
chat. So if you direct message another student, I will not be able to
see it. You can use direct messages to communicate with me regarding
confidential class matters such as grades. If you have questions which
might benefit other students with the answers, please post them to one
of the public channels (and optionally use
@dan to get my
You can (and should) download one of the many fine Slack apps, or at the very least enable desktop notification in the browser. More information about getting Slack to notify you can be found on this Slack support page, including setting up email notification.
The Slack support site has many articles on using Slack. Or you can post a question to #general.