This site provides an overview of the issues for managing virtual teams. It is a PDF text by Lisa Kimball which outlines the unique challenges of managing virtual teams.
To inform the audience of the phenomenon of virtual teams;
To discuss and similarities and differences to conventional teams;
To provide the terminology used to discuss virtual teams;
To discuss the importance of virtual teaming in organizations.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduates and/or graduate students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Team courses, Organizational Behavior classes
Evaluation and Observation
The text provides a good overview of the challenges of managing virtual teams. A number of issues are addressed in the context of a virtual team environment, such as building team culture, how to develop trust and provide feedback, etc.
This is an introductory text; recent research in the field would need to be added to make this more current. Providing a template for creating a virtual teams--i.e. a "how-to" for those new to this subject.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This could be used a supplemental reading. It is basically a paper that is posted online.
This is not a module that is stand alone; instructors would need to build assignments around it.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is a straightforward PDF text.
The learning module lacks interactivity and links to other sources.
Other Issues and Comments:
This material could be the basic building block of a great website on virtual teaming. As it stands alone, it's a terrific informational source but it could be much more than that.