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Working collaborately to ensure smooth teamwork online.

Working collaborately to ensure smooth teamwork online.

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  • 1. Working Collaboratively on aTeam in an Online Environment
  • 2. Virtual Team CharacteristicsTeam members joined from diverse backgroundsto achieve common goals.Members are geographically separated by timeand/or space, but are mutually accountable forteam results.The team solves problems and makes decisionsjointly.Usually, you never meet your virtual teammatesin person, and so e-mail, discussion boards, andchats become very important.
  • 3. 5 Characteristics of Quality Groups1. Members exchange ideas constructively via e-mail, discussion boards, chats, and blogs2. Cyber atmosphere is comfortable3. Objectives are clear and understood4. Most decisions are reached by consensus5. Individual group members do not dominate the discussion board.
  • 4. Goal AchievementProductivitySatisfactionMotivationEncouragement
  • 5. Full Value ContractAgreement among group members to worktogether as a teamAgreement to respect instructor/facilitator andclassmatesAvoid disruptive conflictNo free ridersDo your fair share of your work
  • 6. Be a Creative Team PlayerAlbert Einstein said, “Imagination is moreimportant than knowledge.”It is with imaginative and creative thinkingthat problems are solved and newdiscoveries and inventions made.
  • 7. Forming (Team) 1 Storming (Conflict) 2 Norming (Trust) 3 PerformingTuckman’s model of group (Interdependent)cohesion and the stages a groupexperiences from the minute it 4forms until it adjourns. Adjourning 5Bruce Tuckman (1965) (Conclusion)
  • 8. Turn your HA HA moments into AHA moments.If a person insisted always on being serious and never allowed himself [herself] a bit of fun and relaxation, he [she] would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. —Herodotus (c. 485–c. 425 B.C.)