How do I use Slack?
Slack is a communication platform that supports direct messaging and group channels. You can use Slack with a web browser or mobile app.
The free workspace for Penn Engineering is restricted to users with seas.upenn.edu addresses:
How do I get a Penn Engineering Slack account?
If you have an @seas.upenn.edu email address, you can create an account at:
How do I invite someone to the Penn Engineering Slack workspace?
After logging into the Penn Engineering Slack workspace, you can invite other seas.upenn.edu users by clicking the + Invite people link in the lefthand navigation. This dialog also includes an add many at once link that supports adding users in bulk. Invitations to seas.upenn.edu users will be automatically approved and sent a notification with login instructions.
The Penn Engineering Slack workspace is restricted to users with seas.upenn.edu addresses. Invitations to users in other domains will not be approved.
What are the limitations of the Penn Engineering Slack workspace?
This workspace is based on the free plan and has the following limitations and requirements:
- Restricted to users in the seas.upenn.edu domain
- Mandatory 2 factor authentication
- Not suitable for sensitive information, especially student data covered by FERPA
- Members may create private channels, but not public channels.
- Only the most recent 10,000 messages can be viewed and searched.
- File storage is limited to 5 GB total.
How do I send a direct message?
Direct messages allow you to communicate with one or more members in the workspace without using a channel. For more information, see:
What is a direct message? (Slack Help Center)
How do I create a channel for my team?
Any member can create a private channel and invite other members to it following these instructions:
Create a channel (Slack Help Center)
The creation of public channels in the Penn Engineering Slack workspace has been restricted to administrators.
How do I get a separate Slack workspace for my group?
If you find the Penn Engineering Slack workspace to be too limiting and want your own Slack workspace, visit this page to choose the plan that's right for you: