Is Slack the new LMS?

Mathias Elmose, Synapse, Jun 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Slack is a team communications tool. I've heard a lot of good things about it recently, though I haven't used it myself for anything serious (it's an enterprise tool, and our enterprise doesn't use it, so...). This article, by  in Synapse, suggests that Slack would make an excellent LMS. "Slack is a team chat app that enables great communication and collaboration. What I like about Slack — when thinking about learning — is that it’s by default an active environment. No matter where you are in Slack you can write, post, share, comment and more. Discussion is not an add-on element buried deep within the course — Slack is discussion." So, OK, this article wins because it has the best gif ever depicting old-school learning. My big issue with Slack is that it is all about team, not network. It's about enterprise, not environment. It's something I would like to see work with a PLE, but it is manifestly not a PLE. See also: SlackEdu Slack Chat. Via Sean Connor, by email.

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