ENGL 6890: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric | Writing in and for Virtual Teams



week 1: course introduction

for 10 May: Introductions
Read syllabus and familiarize yourself with the course site. Post introduction to yourself in discussion forum.

for 12 May: What are Virtual Teams?
Read Ale Ebrahim, N.; Ahmed, S.; and Taha, Z. "Virtual Teams: A Literature Review." Be sure to configure your VPN to access the article. Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 13 May:
Post two responses to your peers' posts in the weekly discussion forum.

week 2: f2f teams > virtual teams > virtual environments

for 17 May: Mapping f2f team characteristics onto virtual teams
Read Nardi, B.A., and Whittaker, S. "The Place of Face-to-Face Communication in Distributed Work" and Poltrock, S.E., and Engelbeck, G. "Requirements for a virtual collocation environment." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 19 May: Using virtual environments to communicate technical content
Read Araki, M. and Carliner, S. "What the Literature Says About Using Game Worlds and Social Worlds in Cyberspace for Communicating Technical and Educational Content." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum. For more information on this special issue of Technical Communication on Virtual Worlds, please see Williams, S.D. "3D Virtual Worlds and Technical Communication: One More Tool in the Kit."

for 20 May:
Post two responses to your peers' posts in each of the weekly discussion forums.

week 3: characteristics of successful virtual teams

for 24 May: What does the literature say?
Read Powell, A.; Piccoli, G.; and Ives, B. "Virtual Teams: A Review of Current Literature and Directions for Future Research." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 26 May: What have you learned and experienced about successful virtual teams?
In weekly discussion forum, begin to generate a list from your reading, experience, and research of the characteristcs of successful virtual teams. How are these characteristics different from the characteristics of successful f2f teams in key ways? How are they similar?

for 27 May:
Post two responses to your peers' posts in each of the weekly discussion forums.

week 4: technologies that support virtual teamwork

for 31 May
Read Mader, S. "Your Wiki isn't Wikipedia: How to Use it for Technical Communication" for a brief introduction to wiki technology. Then read Wagner, C. and Schroeder, A. "Capabilities and Roles of Enterprise Wikis in Organizational Communication." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 2 June
Read Weinstein, D.J. "The Social Architecture of A Successful Collaborative Learning Environment." If you would like more possibilities for technologies that can be used to support virtual teaming, read Ferris, S.P. and Minielli, M.C. "Technology and Virtual Teams." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 3 June:
Post two responses to your peers' posts in each of the weekly discussion forums.

week 5: virtual teams and technical communication

for 7 June
Read Slattery, S. "Undistributing Work Through Writing: How Technical Writers Manage Texts in Complex Information Environments." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 9 June
Read Hart-Davidson, W. "Seeing the Project: Mapping Patterns of Intra-Team Communication Events." Post a 200-word response to the reading in the weekly discussion forum.

for 10 June:
Post two responses to your peers' posts in each of the weekly discussion forums.

week 6: managing virtual teams

for 13 June
Team up in virtual teams to work on collaborative course projects: technology review or virtual team white paper.

for 17 June
Finalize course wiki.

week 7: virtual teaming technology review/white papers due

for 24 June
course projects due.