Episode 85

"Working in Teams"

Duration 00:13:25 Recorded on November 29, 2010

Susan and Dan unpack a perennial issue – working with teams in the instructional design context. Susan gets Dan to talk about his work setting and what his virtual teams do. Collaborating in online spaces can be a challenge.

Dan's current focus is a geographically dispersed team in the US. His teams include vendors and contractors as well as employees such as instructional designers.

His team has added a layer of blended synchronous training for weekly sessions with their learners.

Collaborating, giving feedback and general idea-bouncing are important skills that can be developed. In the work setting, the nature of the task might determine who is responsible for the feedback. But if it is a skill, it can be practiced and honed.

In that context, Susan shares what she is doing in one of her courses. The rest of the conversation "unpacks" Susan's design teams and how she has changed her expectations over time. Fortified by Dan's real-world endorsement, Susan comes away with a couple ideas of how to improve on her plan.

About Us

The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


Co-Host & Producer
Susan Manning
Co-Host & Producer
Dan Balzer
Executive Producer
Carl Heine
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