Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration
—Frank Mayadas, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
How to create and manage highly successful teams online
With the advent of the global economy and high-speed Internet, online collaboration is fast becoming the norm in education and industry. This book takes online collaboration to the next level, showing how you can bolster online learning and business performance with the innovative use of virtual teams.
Written by a team of experts headed by online learning pioneer Robert Ubell, Virtual Teamwork covers best practices for online instruction and team learning, reveals proven techniques for managing enterprise and global virtual teams, and helps you choose the best communication tools for the job.
Educators, project managers, and anyone involved in teaching online courses or creating online programs will find a wealth of tips and techniques for building and managing successful virtual teams, including guidance for:
Integrating team instruction in the virtual classroom
Using best techniques for team interaction across borders and time zones
Structuring cost-effective, competitive projects that work
Leveraging leadership, mentoring, and conflict management in virtual teams
Conducting testing, grading, and peer- and self-assessment online
Managing corporate, global, and engineering virtual teams
Choosing the right technologies for effective collaboration
Jerry M. Hultin
Dewey Goes Online xxxiii
Part 1 Managing Virtual Teams 1
1 Building Virtual Teams 3
2 Leadership 17
Michael R. Ryan
3 Peer and Self-Assessment 45
Paul Resta and Haekyung Lee
4 Mitigating Conflict 65
5 Virtual Teams in Very Small Classes 91
Elaine Lehecka Pratt
Part 2 Virtual Team Technology 111
6 Choosing Online Collaborative Tools 113
Phylise Banner, M. Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra, Brenda Huettner, and Char James-Tanny
7 Communication Technologies 137
Anu Sivunen and Maarit Valo
Part 3 Enterprise and Global Teams 159
8 Teaming across Borders 161
9 Global Corporate Virtual Teams 193
Christine Uber Grosse
10 Corporate Virtual Teaming 211
11 Virtual Engineering Teams 241
Doug Vogel, Michiel van Genuchten, Carol Saunders, and A.-F. Rutkowski
"This collection of expert perspectives, edited by enterprising-learning professor Robert Ubell, offers a practical guide to virtual teamwork". (Nature, 23 December 2010)
"This work is for educators, project managers, and anyone else involved in teaching online courses or creating online programs. It describes best practices for online instruction and team learning, and offers advice for managing enterprises and building global virtual teams. Contributors come from backgrounds in instructional design, instructional technology, international documentation, training, information systems, and leadership." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
As distance learning becomes the fastest-growing sub-sector in higher education globally, Wiley is pleased to publish Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration.
15% of all students in higher education institutions are now online students. Teaming as a style of education and corporate collaboration is now considered to be at the centre of effective learning and successful global business strategy. Working in teams is quickly becoming essential for many employees, with co-workers who may be in other countries, other time zones and other cultures. In the top 100 transnational companies, some 49% of employees are considered foreign to their company's home country.
Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration focuses on ideas and success factors that can assist in developing successful team-building strategies and team activities in the virtual learning space. The authors are respected experts at integrating team instruction into virtual classrooms, and have conducted innovative research in the field.
This timely book provides guidance and best practices in how to integrate and manage team learning successfully within online instruction, discussing the importance of virtual team learning in today's corporate environment. Readers will emerge with a thorough understanding of what is involved and how to apply the most effective techniques successfully.
Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration will prove indispensable for all professors teaching online courses, administrators responsible for online programs and courses, and professionals in national and international corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.
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