Teamwork makes the Dream Work

Remember, from grade school, the grade category Works well with others? The ability to work well with others- as part of a team contributing, providing feedback, receiving feedback, being responsive, responsible, gracious, and polite- is a skill necessary for most endeavors. We live in a society; we must interact with others. Those of us in the Instructional Design field must possess this skill to a high degree; it is a non-negotiable, whether working as a sole proprietor/consultant, or working as part of an instructional design/learning design team in higher education, government, or corporate America.

For my latest project, with an Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 2016 Top New Franchise, I am collaborating with a Systems Engineer, a Chief Operations Officer, a technologist, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). I must interface with the aforementioned parties to obtain content, verify accuracy of content, receive feedback on prototype development, and facilitate upload of elearning content to a learning management system (LMS). It is truly a team effort, and our project would be stalled and possibly aborted if we did not work together to get things done. Thank goodness I learned to work well with others.

Some of the useful tools that have facilitated my work as part of a virtual instructional design team, as an instructional design consultant and as an instructional design eintern, have been

  1. email
  2. web-conferencing tools such as WebEx and Zoom 
  3. elearning content review tools such as ReviewLink 
  4. Google Docs for sharing and collaborating
  5. LinkedIn Learning tutorials on project management and various business topics

Remember, teamwork makes the dream work.

Be Extraordinary!

WB