The Computer Science Department switched team chat software from Mattermost to Rocket.chat for September 2019. These changes were necessary due to software licensing changes with Mattermost. The transition to Rocket.chat is still a work in progress, not all in-house developed features are currently available with Rocket.chat
Rocket.chat is an opensource Department hosted team chat application that allows instructors or researchers to host chat development teams within the Department without requiring students and faculty to obtain accounts with external cloud providers.
Course related Rocket.chat teams can be provisioned automatically for instructors teaching Computer Science courses. Intructors are enrolled as chat team owners, channel members can be automatically provisioned from course enrollment data.
Instructors wanting to use Rocket.chat in their courses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers and Department groups wanting to use team chat services should contact email@example.com.
We hope to be able to automate creating accounts with channel admin privileges shortly, but for now chat accounts can be manually assigned privilges to be able to create teams and team owners are able to invite external collaborators, students and employees to join their chat channels.