Tips for remote collaboration

For those who work from home, or collaborate with others over a distance, it can get pretty easy to feel out of touch or maybe even forgotten sometimes. Most of my remote work experience comes from the early 2000s, when I worked for the University of Kansas while living in Seattle, Washington. My days could be awfully quiet as I sat in my home office or on my back deck working. Advances in social networking and video conferencing, though, have made it possible to keep more connected with your long-distance team members. Check out this short presentation from Gina Trapani:

I don’t think this applies just to remote workers–as social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook help us expand our personal and professional learning communities, and as opportunities to work with geographically diverse teams arise, we might want to use similar approaches to build stronger networks and better results from these efforts. Using social networks and video conferencing to get to keep in closer communication and to get to know each other better can help us work and learn together more productively.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.