Almost every business in North America uses virtual teams. As the move to virtually teaming accelerates, gain the knowledge and skills to develop high performance virtual teams and contribute to their success. The Certificate is designed to benefit anyone who is a leader or member of a team that leverages virtual meeting and collaboration tools. If you are the formal leader of a virtual team, an informal leader or want to become one, you will learn how to lead a virtual team, leverage virtual meeting tools and help lead that team to a higher level of performance. At the end of this three-course certificate, you will come away with an in -depth knowledge of what you can do to make a difference on the teams that you are part of. Take away actionable skills, tips and processes that you can apply with your virtual team.
Three one-month courses; Andy Stanhope and Liam Bayley.
Introduction to Leading Virtual Teams
This course is the foundation course of the 3-course certificate and defines the differences between a traditional team and one that is at least partially virtual. The role of the team leader is explored and you will learn the key knowledge and skills needed to excel at virtual team leadership, weather this is a fulltime or part time role. In the second half of the course, you are shown how to build a solid virtual team and then how to kick off a virtual team, setting it up for success.
Leading and Mastering Virtual Meetings
For anyone who leads virtual meetings or wants to become an empowered virtual meeting member, discover the keys to success in mastering virtual meetings. Get the knowledge and skills to create and lead positive and goal oriented virtual team meetings.You will also learn when not to use virtual meetings.The course also covers how to lead and manage difficult virtual meetings or difficult attendees and how to resolve conflict if it occurs. Come away with skills to enhance your participation and leadership in virtual meetings.
Creating High Performance Virtual Teams
Building on the foundation learned in Introduction to Leading Virtual Teams, this course covers the skills and processes needed to move an ordinary virtual team to a high performance virtual team. The skills include how to organize the team and then how to empower communication between team members while meeting the individual team member’s needs. You will also learn processes used by most high performing virtual teams. Finally, the course will cover the leaders’ role in developing highly engaged team members including how to build trust, commitment, respect and empowerment.
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access. Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
Read the print readings
Have the option of accessing the online readings
Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night. Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least three times per week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.