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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.

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.

Six Quick and Easy Tips for Better Collaboration in Slack

Jan Morrill
April 7, 2020

Slack enables us to communicate in more ways than just chat. And its basic features and functionality are pretty simple to learn.  To help you get started, we’ve created a video with six quick and easy tips.

Working Remotely? Here’s a Quick Guide to Slack Best Practices

Brad Immanuel
Jan Morrill
March 11, 2020

With many teams putting in place temporary plans to ramp up social distancing, Stanford Slack is becoming an even busier place. While there’s no one universal right way to use Slack, leverage these best practices to stay engaged, informed, and productive.  


UHR Slack Channel Honors Spirit of Former Co-Worker

March 3, 2020

The University Human Resources (UHR) team has found a unique way to use Slack to continue the cherished practices of a beloved co-worker after her unexpected death. 

Remote and Distributed Workforce

Engaging Remote and Distributed Colleagues in Slack

Shannon Santanocito
February 20, 2020

When it comes to Slack, one thing is true. It doesn’t matter where you’re located physically; everyone “talks” in the same place. This benefits the whole community, but it’s especially important for those of us who are part of Stanford’s ever-growing remote and distributed workforce. 

Join New Workspaces (How to Do It and Why You Want To)

Jan Morrill
January 24, 2020

As Stanford Slack grows, more groups who share information with the Stanford community through websites, newsletters, and emails may also begin posting news in Slack. And you may discover that getting campus news in Slack lets you focus on what’s most interesting or relevant to you.

Stanford Slack: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Brad Immanuel
December 17, 2019

Stanford Slack recently marked its official second anniversary. And there’s a lot to celebrate. Two years into the journey, the platform has grown exponentially in ways we never anticipated. Today, more than 13,500 members of the Stanford community use Slack weekly. Of those users, almost three-quarters use the tool every day. Cumulatively, we now measure the messages we’ve sent and the files we’ve shared via Slack not in millions, but tens of millions. Amazing, isn’t it?