About this Course
Recently revised and updated! Effective teamwork and group communication are essential for your professional and personal success. In this course you will learn to: make better decisions, be more creative and innovative, manage conflict and work with difficult group members, negotiate for preferred outcomes, improve group communication in virtual environments, develop a better overall understanding of human interaction, and work more effectively as a team. Our goal is to help you understand these important dynamics of group communication and learn how to put them into practice to improve your overall teamwork.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Recognize how hidden forces of context, systems, institutions, and interactions design affect group interaction
Develop decision making practices in order to become more creative and innovative
Learn how to communicate to resolve or diffuse group conflicts
Make better decisions about using technology for group work based on key practical and conceptual considerations
About the instructor
Matthew Koschmann (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, where his research and teaching focus on organizational communication. His research examines the communication processes of inter‐organizational collaboration for social change and community development. His published research projects address affordable housing, prisoner reentry, human trafficking, and disaster recovery. Recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Award to study civil society collaboration in the Philippines. Professor Koschmann teaches classes on group communication, leadership communication, organizational collaboration, and persuasion. He has been recognized for creativity and innovation in his teaching, especially for utilizing technology in the classroom, developing online courses, producing animation videos, and designing multi-player simulations. Professor Koschmann lives near Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons, where he enjoys outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains.