Working Collaboratively on aTeam in an Online Environment
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.)