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Slack-like tools in the online classroom

A Slack-type tool fills in a really important gap in student-student and student-professor communication. Without something Slack-like, your choices for communication are the learning management system (LMS) discussion boards or email. I think it’s uncontroversial to say we all hate LMS discussion boards. … As for email, I’ll go out on a limb and say that I suspect most professors do not enjoy answering multiple versions of the same question over and over, one by one, especially when they have to choose between knowing in their hearts that some students aren’t asking and won’t know, versus making yet another LMS announcement to address any given issue.

DLF in Pittsburgh

(UPDATED) This is just a really quick post to say that DLF Forum is in my hometown, this year, and I’d love to meet up with some of my internet-and-conference friends, if travel and conference scheduling makes that a possibility for any of you! I live here, and most of our public transit is downtown-centered; I can come to you, or I can give you easy directions to meet me somewhere if you’re feeling adventurous.