Slack is MIT’s Canvas integration for messaging and collaboration. Teaching teams can create a private Slack workspace for a course. Members of the workspace can chat together in conversation channels for topics, projects, and groups, and send direct messages.

Who Can Use It

Faculty, staff, and students.

Canvas Integration


How to Get Access

In your Canvas course, click on Slack (Beta) in the Course Navigation Menu. Note: If “Slack (Beta)” isn’t listed, you can easily enable it under Settings.

Screenshot of Slack (Beta) link in Course Navigation Menu

IMPORTANT: You must access your course’s Slack workspace for the first time through your Canvas course by clicking on Slack (Beta) in the Course Navigation Menu. Subsequently, you can access it directly through the Slack app of your choice (e.g., Desktop, iOS), rather than from Canvas. 

For step-by-step instructions, refer to:

How to Get Support


MIT faculty, staff, and students can search Slack’s Knowledgebase articles. 

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T)

Submit a support request for any questions related to Slack. 

MIT Sloan Teaching & Learning Technologies

Search our Knowledgebase articles and/or submit a support request for any questions related to using Slack for teaching and learning.

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