IT532 Week 3

Topic: Understanding Practices II Online Virtual Teams

Readings

  • Anderson, A. H., McEwan, R., Bal, J., & Carletta, J. (2007). Virtual team meetings: An analysis of communication and context. Computers in Human Behavior, 23(5), 2558–2580. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2007.01.001
  • Asterhan, C. S. C., & Schwarz, B. B. (2010). Online moderation of synchronous e-argumentation. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 5(3), 259–282. doi:10.1007/s11412-010-9088-2
  • Kauppila, O.-P., Rajala, R., & Jyrämä, A. (2011). Knowledge Sharing Through Virtual Teams Across Borders and Boundaries. Management Learning, 42(4), 395–418. doi:10.1177/1350507610389685

Discussion Material

Agenda
Asynchronous Activities on Blackboard Due Prior to Synchronous Class Meeting on 1/28
Week 3 Special Peer Rotation--Download from Blackboard Course Documents or Week 3 Activity Folder

Your post is due 1/24 at 11:59pm and your comments to other participants are due 1/28 at 12pm.

  1. Peer Group 1, 2, 3, and 4 How Virtual Teams Work
    Requirements for your post: Create a new thread in this discussion forum and share what you learned from the readings this week and your prior experiences about working in virtual teams. In this discussion identify how virtual teams can work effectively together to exchange information/knowledge, feel empowered, avoid people selected members dominating conversations, and what working/learning conditions need to be in place to optimize the outcomes of the collaborative work.

    Requirements for your comments to other participants:  Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared. The comments can be about interesting aspects of what they shared, anything that surprised you, anything new that you learned related to virtual teams after reading their posts.

  2. Peer Group 1, 2, and 3 Advice for Carlos--In Preparation for Synchronous Breakout
    Requirements for your post: Remember Carlos who was introduced in Lehman and Conceicao (2010)? He is a veteran community college instructor who has been asked to offer a communications course online. When he says asked, it means he was recruited for this opportunity during summer 2013 and he has to offer the course in fall 2014. He is very nervous about how to engage students in whole group activities and small group activities relying on asynchronous discussion tools and synchronous meeting tools. He often relies on his students to work collaboratively in course activities and class projects. What advice will you give him for designing in-class small group activities for his students to become effective virtual team members?

    Requirements for your comments to other participants:  Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared. The comments can be about interesting aspects of what they shared, anything that surprised you, anything new that you learned related to virtual teams after reading their posts. During the synchronous session as a team you will design two activities, one asynchronous and one synchronous, as suggestions for Carlos to ensure his students can work collaboratively in virtual teams. Your team will be presenting the two activities during the synchronous whole group discussion.

  3. Peer Group 4 Observing Virtual Teams--In Preparation for Synchronous Breakout
    Requirements for your post: Your job this week is to observe virtual team activities that Peer Groups 1, 2, and 3 engage in during asynchronous discussions and breakout synchronous activities. In this discussion forum start a thread and share your thoughts on what are characteristics of virtual teams that you can observe and record to evaluate the effectiveness of teams. Go back to the readings and your past experiences and discuss what quantitative and qualitative characteristics you think ought to be observed.

    Requirements for your comments to other participants:  Read posts made by your assigned peers and comment on what they shared, in addition you will be assigned to follow one of the asynchronous team discussions in the "Peer Group 1, 2, and 3 Advice for Carlos" forum. Use what you observed to engage in further conversations with peers in this forum about characteristics of virtual teams that you need to observe and record to evaluate their effectiveness. When you share observations do not point to group members by their names and instead present what you observed in terms of general trends. Note, during the synchronous whole group discussion you will individually share a one slide PowerPoint document that summarizes what you observed during the asynchronous and synchronous team discussions for the team you were assigned.

Synchronous Activities on 1/28 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

5:05pm-6:45pm

  1. Logistical check in
  2. Breakout Room Activity and Discussion
  3. Whole Class Discussions
  4. Preview of Next Week

Break

6:55pm-7:45pm

  1. Individual check in with instructor as needed and individual work time for this course. If your POAS is on Week 4 finalize arrangements with me. If your POAS is Week 5 make sure to check in with me during this time. For other participants, depending on your  needs you do not have to stay connected.

Last Updated January 28, 2014