12 – Slack

Dropped back 3 places this year to its 2017 position

Slack is a team collaboration tool, for real time messaging and file sharing.

Website: slack.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 16
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 6
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 26

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 9   2017: 12    2016: 20    2015: 83    2014: –     2013: –   
2012: –    2011: –      2010: –       2009: –       2008: –     2007: –


Comments from some of those who selected Slack as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Thanks to the integration with various other services, Slack is ‘the place where work happens’ at Winston Wolfe. Moreover, there is our small Slack community with a few Belgian R&D technicians, where we share information, blogs, videos, … about learning (and technology).” Matt Vermeulen, Belgium https://www.winstonwolfe.be/tools-for-learning-2019-onze-selectie/

“In the past year, I found myself using Slack for personal learning. However, I found it challenging to keep up with too many Slack groups that are created post a meetup or a workshop or a course for a follow-up discussion but then no one ever posts anything! On the other extreme, in other Slack groups, members continue to post ‘Fwds’ and their professional bios for job prospecting. I can see the value of the tool so I am still trying to find my way through the world of Slack for personal learning.” Taruna Goel, Canada https://tarunagoel.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-top-10-learning-tools-2019.html 

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups. It’s a good platform for small communities of practice as well.” Harold Jarche, Canada https://jarche.com/2019/09/top-tools-2019/

“Slack: I work with a number of groups, and one in particular really benefits from the social interaction Slack provides between meetings.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/

“To share thoughts & ideas with my diverse project teams” Wilma Hartenfels, Digital Learning Expert, Germany, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wilmahartenfels-inspiredlearninginadigitalworld_janes-top-10-tools-for-learning-2019-activity-6570580971278610433-IU3p

“I use Slack to host the online workshops I run – since it as it is all about the social experience; people interacting and learning from one another. Furthermore by using Slack, participants can see how valuable a tool it is and how they can use it in their own organisation to underpin both informal and formal social learning and collaboration. I have integrated it with a number of tools so that content is automatically shared in the channels.” Jane Hart, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/ 

“Learning in everyday life” CEO, Sweden

“As a remote worker, I rely on Slack for continuous sharing and collaboration with my team. If it’s not shared via Slack, I probably don’t know about it … until there’s a meeting.” CLO, USA

“The fastest way to get a quick answer from a peer on a question that pops up. Certainly if you don’t know where to search the answer elsewhere.”

“Messaging in topic based channels for organization. Inclusion of emojis and gifs for self-expression” Instructional Designer, USA

“Slack is an easy to use tool for social learning. Social learning to my respect is a very important learning discipline, particularly virtual social learning, and Slack is very helpful therefore.” Learning Consultant, Germany

“Allows our team to communicate even when we are working in separate campuses. Also allows quick transfer of files. Features apps that allow us to integrate our other tools into one place. Better than email in every way.” Learning Technologist, UK

“I can communicate learning resources to others” Developer, Spain

“Integrations with other platforms, collaboration in flow of work, low barrier to entry and engagement, channels outside of workplace with peers” Principal Consultant, USA

Previous comments

“My company has used Slack as our primary mode of communication since we started. It’s dramatically reduced the emails in our inbox and allows us to “work out loud” so that we can be on the same page about a variety of projects.” Brian Washburn, 2018

“Most of my team interaction takes place over Slack. It’s how I keep up with the office from 1200 miles away.” JD Dillon

“We use Slack for all our internal communication. I have to say that, initially, I was not a big fan, but it has grown on me significantly.” Kasper Spiro, 2018

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of three active Slack ‘communities of practice’: the essential space between work groups and social networks.: Harold Jarche, 208

“our over-earned community choice for several years now. At Winston Wolfe, all internal communication is only via Slack, with of course the necessary GIFs. And with the integration of some nice bots and other services Slack is even more ‘the place where work happens’ at Winston Wolfe. Moreover, there is our small Slack community with some Belgian L & D technicians, where we share info, blogs, videos, … about learning (and technology). Mighty (and we still have a few places, so let’s hear)” Mathias Vermeulen, 2018

“working out loud and community of practice. A place for work, learning is incidental because of the greater transparency it encourages (plus there’s chatbots galore!)” Arun Pradhan, Australia

“Our main communication as a team, for sharing ideas and resources” Helen Sanderson, New Zealand

“Topical channels and 1:1 chat help me keep up with my coworkers and share information as a remote team member.” JD Dillon, USA

“easy communication tool that allows us to check with co-workers in real time” Josh Gertz, USA

“Great for both businesses and student groups.” Anon, USA

“great tool for team communication” Miriam Speidel, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“I think this tool hasn’t yet come of age, but those who are experimenting with it in my organisation are finding it very useful and it is shifting the way that we learn and collaborate together. I think this has more potential than some of the other similar tools that have been around for the past few years.” Simon Gosney, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities of practice, the essential space between works groups and social networks.” Harold Jarche, Consultant, Canada, 2016

“for my teams” Joitske Hulsebosch, Consultant, Netherlands, 2016

“this message application is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities.” Harold Jarche, 2015