This course is the foundation course of the 3-course certificate and defines the differences between a traditional team and one that is at least partially virtual.  The role of the team leader is explored and you will learn the key knowledge and skills needed to excel at virtual team leadership, weather this is a fulltime or part time role. In the second half of the course, you are shown how to build a solid virtual team and then how to kick off a virtual team, setting it up for success.
One-month course, Andy Stanhope and Liam Bayley.


Unit 1: What is a Virtual Team
- Virtual Teams defined
- Types of Virtual Teams
- Advantages / Disadvantages
- Barriers
Unit 2: The Role of a Virtual Team Leader
- Create Context – Vision, mission and purpose
- Clarify goals, roles, and tasks and processes
- Bridge cultural and demographic differences
- Lead with Trust

Unit 3: Building the Right Virtual Team
- Selecting Team Members
- Developing Social Relations
- Building Team Norms and Culture
- Virtual team social structures and strategies (virtual water coolers)
Unit 4: Team Kickoff
- Face-to-Face, Hybrid or Virtual?
- Team Building (Ice breakers, virtual charades, …)
- Codes of Conduct
- Project Alignment
- Course Summary

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access. Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:
  • Read the print readings 
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night. Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least three times per week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
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$195 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Andy Stanhope has a Master’s of Business Administration, a Master’s of Science in Computer Systems and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 25 years’ experience managing projects within medium and large companies, domestically and internationally. He has managed projects in a variety of software implementations, including Oracle, SAP, and SASS applications.  He now works as a senior project manager at a large aerospace corporation. He has previously taught PMP certification preparation sessions as well as taught undergraduate project management courses in Business and IT programs.
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
-To provide key knowledge and skills for virtual team leadership
-To define the differences between traditional and virtual teams
-To deliver specific how-to information on building virtual teams
-To provide team kickoff activities and project alignment guidelines
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
After successfully completing this course you will:
-Know the advantages, disadvantages and differences of virtual teams
-Be able to clarify goals, roles, tasks and processes for virtual teams
-Have a set of activities for team building
-Know how to set up your virtual team for success
Completion Requirements