The Duke Teaching and Learning Slack community is the online gathering place for Duke University faculty and staff interested in sharing news, knowledge, challenges and ideas about teaching and learning

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What is the purpose of the Duke Teaching and Learning Slack community?

The goals of the community are to:

  1. strengthen the network of teaching and learning professionals at Duke,
  2. build connections between dispersed programs and services, and
  3. promote the sharing of expertise and resources to support the missions of our individual programs and the educational mission of the university as a whole.

Who can join?

The Slack community is currently open to Duke University staff and faculty. Request an invitation.

How does Slack work?

Slack is a private, shared digital workspace where individuals communicate and get work done as a team. All conversations in Slack are searchable and saved long-term. Many departments and professional groups at Duke use Slack for communicating and collaborating.


A Slack workspace is comprised of channels. You’ll use channels to hold most of your conversations with others. They can be organized around anything—topics, projects, events—and you can create as many as you need. Every team starts with two channels by default:  #general and #random.  (All members of a Slack community are required to be in #general.)

Direct Messages

You can also send direct messages for ad-hoc, quick discussions. These conversations are only visible to and searchable by you and the other team members you DM. You can DM just one person, or start a group message with up to 8 other people.

More Information on Using Slack

See a detailed overview of Slack or visit Slack’s guide to getting started for new users.

How do I start using the Duke Teaching & Learning Slack community?

  1. Request an invitation.
  2. After submitting your information, you will receive an email invitation to the Slack workspace. Follow the instructions in the email to create a Slack account.
  3. Explore channels in the left sidebar. We recommend starting with the #general channel. Scroll through a channel to view a history of conversations.
  4. To post a comment or ask a question, visit the appropriate channel, type your message and press “Enter.”

Who is responsible for the Slack community?

The Duke Teaching & Learning Slack community is administered by Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology. All participants in the Slack community are welcome to initiate conversations, channels and other communications and are encouraged to help define and direct the nature and use of the community.

Questions? Contact CIT.