Working effectively in a virtual team
Paper from Terry Neal (Director, Blended Solutions - firstname.lastname@example.org) & Dr Clare Atkins (Senior lecturer in IT, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - email@example.com)
Increasingly, teachers are asked to work as members of a virtual team. This may be because they work away from the main campus or are involved in a project across organisations. Technology makes it possible to work together virtually and virtual projects are often related to use of technology in teaching and learning. This paper describes how the authors have led a virtual project team of 31 drawn from across 16 organisations to implement an 18 month innovation project investigating the use of virtual worlds in adult education. Their findings support the experiences of others i.e. that the keys to success are
clear purpose clear roles, with flexibility to change these as we go but communicating this use of a variety of online tools i.e. virtual world, online groups, blogs, wikis, Google docs, skype, phone, chat, email supplementing text based communication with voice communication a clear and well communicated framework for working together multiple ways to find out what others are doing multiple ways to communicate what is expected project leader as link between interdependent members dual project leadership monitoring the well being and progress of the team.