Team Chat in Education

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LLED 481 Presentation - July 18, 2017

What's Mattermost?

Mattermost is an open source communication tool that facilitates collaboration in a chat-type environment.

Not "just chat"

  • Asynchronous and synchronous

  • Persistent history

  • Threaded replies

  • Mobile apps

  • Custom notifications

  • Extensible

  • emoji picker 😎

+ Open Source

+ Hosted at UBC

*visual aid only

  • Direct Messages

  • Online Status

  • Private Channels

  • Topic-Specific Channels
  • Public and Private
  • Anyone can create
  • Multiple teams are supported
  • Search
  • @ mentions
  • File/image upload
  • Typing status
  • Timestamps
  • Threads

Formatting Options

Faculty of Education Mattermost Pilot

23 Teams

289 Users

116 Channels

12389 Posts

As of July 10, 2017

MEd in Early Childhood Education

100% online

Three cohort-wide shells

Six credit courses

Online cohort shells

  • Building community
  • Status updates
  • Clarifying questions
  • Encouragement

Online course shells

  • Mattermost "as an option" didn't usually spark
  • Students use other platforms and those have inertia

How do you communicate with classmates?

Typical pilot course

Why is this typical?

What was your impression?

Atypical pilot course

What happened?

Literature Circle Group

  • Theory: Students used to use BB IM and switched over
  • Theory: Different time zones - was late night use a factor?
  • Theory: Text is a more accessible form of communication

Students met 3-4 times to discuss a book of importance in the field and prepare a presentation

MET Social Laboratory

Current MET student created a forum for students and alumni to socialize and share ideas.

MET Social Laboratory

Who are we?

What are our shared concerns?

Can we together create a stronger network of teachers and education technology specialists?

Do we have information and experiences that others in our community might find valuable or interesting?

Do we have ideas of things we might create together or ways that we can improve our shared experience in MET?

This sparked!

LLED Research



Can team chat be used to facilitate research?

How can we research the potential for teaching language?

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How could chat be used to support English Language Arts Education?

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