If your team includes students from other schools, you
must agree on how you will communicate.
At times, it's hard enough to get people in the same room to communicate
effectively. Add in the idea of collaborating over the Internet, and the chance for
misunderstanding increases exponentially.
"For a Virtual
team to succeed they need a common language and way to communicate."
||If students are working collaboratively
over the Internet, how clearly the communication strategy is defined will determine the
success of the project. It's that simple.
The first thing that
your team will need to identify is the type and frequency of their
Type- How will the
students be communicating?
- Will students be using the same software to
share documents (Word, Excel)? Team members will also have to be aware of different
versions of the same software. An older version of Microsoft Word will not be able to read
a newer version of a Word document.
- What type of communications software will the team be using
- conferencing software like Microsoft's NetMeeting
- IRC (Internet Chat Software) applications like mIRC , Visual IRC , or ICQ
recommended) which allow participants to communicate real time, while being able to share
Frequency- How often
will students be communicating?
- At the very beginning of a project, "virtual teams" need to
agree upon the frequency of communication. Without this constant communication, some
projects fall apart due to lack
of interest. Others fall apart because of misunderstandings that arise from lack of
- How frequent each team communicates will need to be determined by the
team, but a good rule is to not let a week go by without some kind of progress report or
The essentials are in place, you've built your team and agreed upon a
method of communication. Now comes the fun part. Now is the time to take a tour of other
Web projects to determine what makes an effective Web