Teamwork & Collaboration Course from RIT Rochester Institute of Technology


Teamwork & Collaboration Course from RIT Rochester Institute of Technology

Learn essential teamwork and collaboration skills to lead, build and motivate teams in the workplace


Free online courses from Rochester Institute of Technology

About Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls more than 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

RIT’s nine colleges emphasize career education and experiential learning with programs that are internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. The university’s main campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, N.Y. and its global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.Rochester Institute of Technology MOOCs

About this course

In today’s workplace, professionals don’t work alone, and rarely work with just one other person. More often, we are required to work in groups to strategize, design solutions, ideate, motivate, manage, and execute.

This course, part of the Soft Skills Professional Certificate program, complements business communication skills and expands those competencies to provide a foundation for decision-making, consensus-building, and problem-solving within a group environment.

In this course, learners will analyze and evaluate their own experiences of leading and participating in teams, and will relate them to industry examples.

Topics in the course also include:

  • Team formation and development
  • Building, leading, organizing, and motivating teams
  • Managing conflict in groups to build productive professional relationships
  • Collaboration among cross-functional teams
  • Interpersonal relationship dynamics in small groups

This course may be audited free of charge. Learners also have the opportunity to earn a verified certificate of completion. Exclusive learning opportunities such as live events hosted by subject matter experts will be available for verified learners.

What you’ll learn

  • How to understand the complexities of group dynamics and interactions
  • How to motivate by improving group climate
  • How to develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, conflict management, and other critical group dynamics
  • How to assess team effectiveness and success

Instructor: Professor David Neumann

David Neumann is a Professor in the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he teaches a variety of communication courses including Persuasion, Small Group Communication, Research Methods, and Communication Theory. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the RIT Eisenhart Outstanding Teacher Award and the RIT Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His current focus as a teacher and researcher is on increasing collaboration and cohesion in various work groups. When not on campus you might find him taking in some local music or out playing disc golf.


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