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The UIT Blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the build and delivery of technology products and services to the Stanford community. The topics you’ll read about are all told first-hand by the individuals who work closest to them.

Add Pronouns to Your Stanford Slack Profile

June 7, 2021

We’ve rolled out a new feature that lets you add pronouns to your profile. Here’s how to use it.

New Audio-Only Space Lets You Gather in Slack Channels and Talk

April 28, 2021

Starting April 30, we’ll participate in a pilot program for Huddles, a new social audio feature that lets you talk, live and ad-hoc, with your teammates in a Slack channel.

Create a Slack Workspace for Your Course from Canvas — and Meet Coursebot

April 7, 2021

Thanks to a partnership between University IT and Learning Technologies and Spaces, instructors in most schools can create private Slack workspaces directly through the Canvas tool. 

Thinking About Creating a New Slack Workspace? Here’s What You Need to Know

January 11, 2021

Any Stanford Slack member can create a new workspace. If your group needs a virtual space of its own to collaborate, this information will get you off to a great start.

Different roles in Slack

Adding Others to Your Slack Workspace: Common Questions Asked and Answered

October 14, 2020

You can invite others to join you in any Slack workspace or channel you belong to, usually just by sending an invite. But if the person you want to invite isn’t a member of Slack — or even affiliated with Stanford — the process requires a few additional considerations.

Illustration of a monitor and people

Why Understanding Channel Types Makes Using Slack More Awesome

September 17, 2020

All Slack channels serve the same fundamental purpose, but there are different types. Understanding the differences will help you create the best space for your conversations.  

Slack Connect Builds Bridges Between Stanford and Outside Organizations

July 28, 2020

Slack Connect lets you extend the benefits of channel-based communications to­ organizations beyond Stanford. You can now work with external partners using apps, chat, and file sharing — all without leaving your Stanford Slack workspace.

Slack-in-Place: 5 Ways to Manage Remotely with Slack

Kate Junco
May 15, 2020

Whether you’re temporarily managing from afar during Shelter-in-Place, regularly managing a remote team or individual, or a remote manager of an on-campus team like me, here are five ways I’ve found Slack to be particularly valuable in closing geographical distance and opening strong communication and collaboration practices.

My Take on the New Slack Experience

May 8, 2020

Along with other invited “Slack Champions,” I began test driving the refreshed platform in March to provide feedback to Slack. With that, I’ve had time to explore. Here’s a summary of what I like most and where I think there’s still room for improvement.

Slack interface has a number of new features.

New Look and Feel for Stanford Slack

Brad Immanuel
April 10, 2020

The Stanford Slack desktop and web app is getting a redesign. You'll see new features plus a reorganization of existing features, all in a tidier, more elegant environment. Changes begin to roll out on April 22.

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