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
- web-conferencing tools such as WebEx and Zoom
- elearning content review tools such as ReviewLink
- Google Docs for sharing and collaborating
- LinkedIn Learning tutorials on project management and various business topics
Remember, teamwork makes the dream work.