Teamwork is an essential component of most professional activities in the modern world. But what makes an effective team?
This course is an introduction to teamwork skills for all disciplines that will help you improve your own performance and that of your team.
It covers why teams are important, the roles of individuals in a team, systems and processes for effective teamwork and communication, and methods for addressing team conflict.
Throughout the course you will be provided with a range of tools and templates that you will be able to use with any team.
Join us and learn how to make teams work for everyone.
- What you need to know about teams - types of teams, lifecycle of teams, what makes high performing teams
- How to be an effective team member - commitment, team roles, leadership, communication
- The systems and processes for building high performance teams including team diagnosis tools
- How to understand and resolve team conflict and dysfunction
Professor Lydia Kavanagh is a chemical engineer who has worked in many teams over the course of her career. These teams have ranged from large wastewater treatment plants (an industry team) to project-centred curricula for accredited engineering undergraduate degrees (an institutional team), to workshops disseminating global initiatives in the field of eLearning (a research team). Lydia was a principal engineer for a large environmental consultancy before returning to teach the next generation of engineers. In her current role of Director of First Year Engineering at The University of Queensland, Lydia works with a cohort of over 1100 students and developed their teamwork skills by requiring them to work in multi-disciplinary teams to design, build and demonstrate solutions to real world problems. In addition, Lydia has run workshops worldwide on how to proactively ensure team success. This experience, plus Lydia's own working knowledge of teams, has given her a unique insight into what helps students work well in teams, and she has captured this knowledge in this MOOC.
David Neil was Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Science at The University of Queensland teaching in courses on Coastal Processes & Management and Coral Reef Processes and Management. He has worked with student teams on field trips, research-based teams in his discipline area, and institutional teams bringing about change in higher education. David is currently abroad and often sends Lydia keen observations on effective teamwork in different cultures and environments.