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Avoiding Courseware With Slack
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Students; Libraries; Archives & records; Social networks; Chat rooms; Internet; Collaboration; Educational software; Library and information science; Web archiving
Author: West, Jessamyn
Date: Oct 2016
Start Page: 14
Pages: 2
Section: Practical Technology
Abstract (Document Summary)

Slack is a cloud-based software tool for team collaboration. The author used it as the primary tool to teach an asynchronous graduate level course called Tools for Community Advocacy at the University of Hawaii's library and information science (UHLIS) program, and it went well. UHLIS uses courseware that is some of the best out there -- Laulima, based on Sakai -- but similar to all courseware, it has a steep learning curve and some limitations. As an adjunct who was teaching a single 6-week class, she didn't have the time available to learn to use the tool well. She decided to stick with what she knew -- which was Web sites, Google Docs, Skype, and Slack -- using Slack as the activity hub. Slack's pricing model is also attractive, which is why she mention it as a real option for libraries.

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