How to Use Slack
Quantic will use Slack as a platform for a number of things, including; getting to know your classmates, signing up for group projects, engaging in discussion on course materials and concepts, and receiving notifications about course administrative topics.
You will receive a link to join your cohort’s Slack group along with additional orientation information the week prior to your cohort’s start date. There will be members of Quantic staff available in the Slack rooms to help answer any questions that might come up as you go through the program!
Below is some additional information and details about the channels you can expect to see in your Quantic Slack Workspace and some frequently asked questions:
- Download Slack: Slack is available on desktop and mobile devices. Download here.
- Create your profile: Use your real first and last name to sign up.
- Introduce yourself: Introduce yourself in the #networking channel—what’s your name, story, LinkedIn profile?
Tips & Best Practices
- Check out this article about Good Slack Etiquette
- Pinned Posts: Important messages from Quantic staff will be pinned to the relevant channels.
- Tag individuals using the @ symbol + name, which ensures your message gets to the right person. If you need help from the community manager, be sure to tag us!
- Keep things tidy by using threads. When you respond to someone's post, click the "reply" button so your message cascades underneath. This helps use keep Slack more organized.
- The Search bar is your friend. When you're looking for something, you can use keywords to search for content within Slack. You can even refine your search by adjusting the filters.
What is each channel for?
#_general is for program-wide communication and announcements. Major announcements, such as project prompts and course information will be posted to this channel.
#coursework (chat with classmates) is for questions about the Valar courses and/or concentrations. Ask your fellow classmates!
#events is where Valar staff will post events and other engagement opportunities. You can also find upcoming events by clicking 'Events' in the Network tab on your Valar dashboard!
#start-here is where you'll find all of the basic and important resources to get you started on your journey.
#networking is where you should introduce yourself and make connections with your fellow classmates.
#questions / non-academic questions is where you can ask questions specific to Valar staff, such as clarifying due dates or project submission requirements.
#reading_room is where Valar staff will post course-relevant articles, videos, and reading recommendations - all carefully curated by our academic experts. You are also welcome to post articles that you found interesting as well!
#ask-an-academic / academic-office: Drop your questions about your current concentration throughout the week.
#careers: Post open positions at your companies and career-related discussions here!
#webinar_recordings: Webinar recordings will be posted here!
#projects: Relevant documents, project briefs, and announcements related to projects will be posted here.
#capstone: Relevant documents, handbooks, sign-up sheets, and announcements related to the Capstone project will be posted here.
FAQs about Slack
Can I submit a project via Slack?
No. Projects must be submitted via email at [email protected].
Can I request an exam or project extension via Slack?
Can I request to defer my enrollment to another cohort via Slack?
- Email us: The best way to contact us regarding questions about your individual account or your performance is to send an email to [email protected].
- Quantic Staff: You’ll see Quantic staff on Slack that can help answer questions in public channels. Their usernames will look like this: name at Quantic (eg. Hannah at Quantic).