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What is it?

Slack is a live chat messenger used by many businesses and universities for communication purposes. Slack offers many conventional instant messaging features, including persistent chat rooms (channels) organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

What is its purpose?

The primary purpose is to have a live chat (text, audio, or video) with multiple or individual students at a time.

How do I use it?

Users have to Sign Up using their Google Account, Apple ID, or their work/institutional email.

Slack can also be accessed through Mobile Apps:

Android users can access the tool through  Google Play Store and iOS users can access Slack through App Store.

Why would I use it?

1. Slack contains a wide range of features such as chat rooms, audio calls, video calls, and data storage.

2. Slack also offers an additional file transfer function that students can use to submit their assignment/examination files if they experience difficulties using a similar feature in Brightspace.

3. This application is authorized by Google. Therefore, it is easy for students to log in.



Usage considerations

1. It requires a paid subscription. 2. The video calls are limited to 15 people.

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Last Modified
10 November 2021
21 April 2021
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Ratings Information

This technology is currently under evaluation. Please check back later for a rating.

Security and Privacy

This service is not offered by Memorial University and has not been reviewed by Information Management and Protection. When a message or file is sent to a channel, everybody in the channel has access to the information and can read, download or reuse it.

Support Information

Users can get support through the real-time Support Assistant tool which can be found in the right corner at the bottom of

Slack Homepage.

There is also a list of articles which cover a wide range of topics available in the Help Center.