Slack is a chat app marketed to workplaces. Its functions are really helpful for classroom discussion, as it tends to be more organized than email. Slack is very similar to Discord, if you’ve ever used that.
You need to sign up for our workspace in order to access it via this invite link. Use your GMU email to sign up. You will need to create a new account and password—this is not attached to GMU’s systems in any way.
How to access
- As a website. If you don’t want to download another app to your computer or phone, you can always access Slack at the URL http://gmuanalytical-2be6687.slack.com/.
- With the desktop app. The desktop app can be downloaded from the Slack website. You can then easily open this app whenever you want to work on course material, and close it when you’re no longer working. Alternatively you can leave it open all the time, and set “do not disturb” hours so that you don’t get notifications outside your working hours.
- With a phone app. You can find the download links on Slack’s website. For some people it’s nice to be able to send and receive messages easily on their phone. Like with the desktop app, you can set “do not disturb” hours so that you don’t get notifications outside your working hours.
Slack provides a lot of material that will help you learn to use it. I suggest going through their Slack 101 tutorial. It’s worth it to take time to go through this as we will use Slack a lot throughout this course.
Important: If you have privacy concerns with the use of Slack, please let me know right away so we can discuss a solution. If you don’t reach out I will assume you are okay using Slack to participate in the class.