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Open and ethical team chat

 

Mattermost is a chat tool for real-time and asynchronous communication and collaboration. Instant messages and threaded discussions can coexist in an “anytime” environment. You and your teammates can chat publicly or privately with each other and in groups; share files; and tag messages for easier searching later. The Mattermost platform is supported by the OpenETC.

It's official!

BCIT is an OpenETC Member

On May 26th, 2022, the Educational Technology and Learning Design Committee (ETLDC, part of Education Council) voted to endorse use of OpenETC for open education purposes.

  • Mattermost provides a secure text chat community for open education purposes. It is an open source alternative to corporate tools like Slack, WhatsApp, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Mattermost is an example of a low bandwidth technology. Learn more about low-bandwidth technology and its benefits to students.
  • Mattermost is open source.
  • Mattermost is FIPPA compliant (it follows provincial privacy policy) and all data is stored in Canada.
  • In Mattermost, you can: make a discussion community, create public channels and private groups, chat directly with someone in your course, share files and images, use emoji and emoji reactions, participate in threaded discussions.

A team refers to a specific group of people in Mattermost who want to collaborate together. Each team gets access to a private virtual space where members can interact and share content.

Teams must be requested through the OpenETC using the form below.

Questions or need help?

Contact Ian Linkletter, Emerging Technology & Open Education Librarian.