FLO EdTech Sandbox Series – Mattermost

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About The Series

Discover the BCcampus FLO EdTech Sandbox Series, an initiative that empowers educators in B.C.’s post-secondary institutions to explore innovative teaching tools through a safe online environment. In these two-hour livestream webinars, expert leaders will introduce and demonstrate cutting-edge, open, and free or low-cost educational technology tools, allowing you to experiment and gather exciting ideas for teaching activities. Our mission is to foster digital teaching innovation, encouraging faculty and staff to embrace emerging technologies with curiosity and openness, ultimately enhancing the learning experience for all.Facilitating Online Learning (FLO) logo.

By actively participating in these sandbox sessions, you will delve into hands-on experimentation with tools, collaborate with fellow educators to review their features, gain valuable insights into teaching activities, and discover ways to integrate these tools into your courses. If you’re unable to attend, recorded webinars of the presentations and written reviews of the tools will be available on our site after the event.

About This Session

Mattermost is an open-source communication tool that facilitates collaboration in a team chat environment (think Microsoft Teams or Slack, but open source!). It supports “anytime” communication — anytime, anyplace, any device. This contributes to an increased sense of class presence, with increased chances of connecting with an instructor or classmate when needed. In Mattermost, real-time and asynchronous communication are combined, meaning quick flurries of messages (i.e., chats) and more slowly evolving threaded discussions can coexist in the same space.

Mattermost can support the creation of a learning community for your course. In this session you will learn everything you need to know to get started. Participants will explore functionality with a scavenger hunt, practice building community within community using channels, exchange teaching strategies for using team chats, and evaluate the tool using a BCcampus technology evaluation rubric.

Access to Mattermost is provided by the OpenETC, the Open EdTech Collaborative hosted by BCNET, funded by BCcampus, and supported by a community of volunteers. You can use it for free, but you may need approval from your institution.

About the Facilitator

Ian Linkletter (he/him) is an emerging technology and open education librarian at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He works to evaluate emerging technologies through a critical lens and implement open education as a social good. Previously, he worked for 10 years as a learning technology specialist in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he supported every online course.

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