In today’s workplace, collaboration and the ability to be an effective member of a team is critical to success. Colleges, technical schools, and universities have a responsibility to prepare students for a collaborative work environment.

The Harvard Business Review has identified eight factors essential to effective teamwork and collaboration.

  1. Investing in practices that support employee relationships.
  2. Modeling of collaborative behavior by senior members of the administration or management staff.
  3. Encouraging mentorship and coaching in the workplace.
  4. Ensuring employees have adequate relationship building and communication skills.
  5. Supporting a sense of community in the workplace.
  6. Assigning quality team leaders with both task and relationship skills.
  7. Building on existing relationships.
  8. Understanding the importance of clear roles and flexible task assignment.

While these ways to build collaboration are relevant to the workplace, they can also find a place in the traditional or online classroom. Implement these strategies in a traditional classroom to provide students with essential real-world experience.

Maximize Collaboration with YuJa

While teamwork and collaboration are common in the traditional classroom, individuals in the modern workplace need to be able to collaborate just as effectively with remote workers, and individuals working at different sites and locations. The online collaboration experience offered by YuJa is an ideal way to train students in those collaboration skills and to prepare them for the challenges and benefits of the modern workplace.

Consider the following ways in which YuJa can enable each of the factors essential to effective collaboration.

  1. YuJa provides students or staff with the tools needed for collaboration, including video conferencing and file sharing.
  2. Instructors and teaching assistants have the ability to model collaborative behaviors and work habits.
  3. The ability to engage and teach one another on the real-time discussions, as well as easy access to support staff, supports coaching and mentorship through YuJa.
  4. Conversations in the real-time discussions and video conferences enable students to develop key relationship and communication skills.
  5. YuJa creates a community of students, both as an addition to the classroom experience, and as a replacement for the traditional classroom experience.
  6. Instructors and teaching assistants can provide effective leadership in the blended or online classroom.
  7. Students can develop ongoing relationships with one another to provide support, work together or even create their own online study groups.
  8. YuJa offers instructors the flexibility to easily customize tasks to students, providing task flexibility, while maintaining clear roles for students, teaching assistants and instructors.

With YuJa, instructors can effectively prepare students for collaborative work in the modern office or workplace. Students will develop the understanding and tools necessary to succeed in both face-to-face to face teamwork and online collaborations.

Gratton, Lynda and Erickson, Tamara. “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams.” Harvard Business Review. Web. Accessed on 16 November 2015.