RIT Deploys New Slack Enterprise Grid as Collaboration Tool for Academic and Business Needs


RIT offers an expanded version of Slack, the popular interactive software, with features to improve lessons and project collaborations. Slack Enterprise Grid, the full version, offers messaging upgrades across multiple interconnected workspaces, customization options, and a variety of channels to organize multiple course sections and organizational information.

Features include:

  • Single sign-on for all enterprise-level workspaces
  • Direct messages displayed in workspaces
  • Ability to organize channels, direct messages and apps in custom sections
  • Have the same channel available on multiple workspaces
  • Unlimited message retention

Slack Enterprise Grid provides more options for managing information and cross-collaborative project teams, said Bill Stackpole, professor of IT security at RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

“The corporate grid provides students, faculty and staff with a powerful communication platform and the ability to send direct messages to anyone, from anywhere, all using a single connection and by eliminating the need to sift through spam and other nonspecific tasks. traffic, ”said Stackpole, who added that faculty and staff use Slack to facilitate lessons, organize meetings with students, conduct committee work and segment communications.

Slack Enterprise Grid is one of RIT’s newest collaborative tools that not only addresses the need for more online connections due to the pandemic, but ensures reliable and efficient academic and professional communications. It complements the academic classroom management system, myCourses, used primarily to organize and plan the delivery and assessment of classroom work. Slack provides near real-time communications across multiple platforms.

” Advantages ? For me, this is a direct communication path between myself and my students, peer faculty, STI and other organizations on campus, ”Stackpole said. “The overall direct messaging capability is excellent and I don’t have to deal with spam, supplier emails, etc. Unsolicited communications from outside the university do not interfere with internal communications. “

Stackpole was part of an RIT Academic Senate working group that evaluated a number of tools over the summer and recommended adoption of Slack Enterprise Grid. The working group was chaired by Professor Elizabeth Lawley and included several faculty members, RIT IT Director Jeanne Casares, and staff from the Innovative Learning Institute. Stackpole is also a member of the College Course Advancement team, which includes faculty representatives from all of RIT’s colleges, and has provided training and mentorship on a range of teaching technologies.

This spring, access will be extended to a greater portion of the campus community to expand course workspaces and workspace options for colleges, divisions, departments and research groups. .

You can find more information about Slack Enterprise Grid on the ITS website.

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