Hi everyone, huge thank you to all of you for the turnout at this morning’s session. It was great so see so many of you on the call, and to go through our usual routine of updates and the lesson. To those who weren’t able to make it — that’s okay! I am posting a recap below and am always available for questions. I know this is an unexpected and difficult time, and we at Rebus are here to help each other through it however we best can.
Teams are going to be inevitable, as you’re going to end up working with someone on your project eventually, so we recommend you start thinking about how to cultivate and manage a good team (see a summary of what makes a good team in our slides). Teams can come in all shapes and sizes, and should be composed of people with diverse perspectives, roles, and skill sets. Teams are beneficial for more than just sharing the workload (see some other reasons in our slides). When you’re setting your team up, keep in mind that roles can be mixed and matched, and that the combination of an administrative team (that focuses on day to day tasks) and an advisory team (that guides high level process) can prove useful. As a project manager, you want to manage and encourage your team without taking advantage of the passion that volunteers have. Take a look at the strategies we suggest, and remember that a good team needs more than just a taskmaster. Everyone’s well-being is just as important as the project itself and ultimately, having a team that’s happy also makes the process a whole lot more enjoyable. If complex situations arise with team members, refer to documentation you’ve prepared, and be understanding and open to conversation before you make any decisions. Things may occasionally deviate from the plan, but remember that we’re all human. In that spirit, remember to look after yourself too — take breaks as you would on any other project and set the example for how you’d like other team members to participate and contribute.
Resources and Chat Transcript
We had a lot of resources shared in the chat today, and I’ve compiled the list below. You can also take a look at the chat transcript for other discussions that attendees were having.
I’m also highlighting a few requests from those on the call, if anyone has comments/answers that they want to share now:
@ryanrandall asks: Does anyone has a favorite OER resource or two for faculty or students who’ll abruptly be switching to online environments?
@mfp11 asks: Do we have examples of roles taken by students where the student earns credit for their team participation?
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