How do individuals and organizations work together (i.e., collaborate)? Collaboration through project teams, networks, partnerships, communities, and alliances is essential within and across organizations. Even though the concept of collaboration is generally recognized, it is not as simple as it sounds. Students in this course will examine key issues and methods related to effective collaboration.
Students will learn how to effectively network and collaborate within their work or ministry. Workplaces today are placing more emphasis on their employees collaborating when needed, yet also having solitary time.
Working together is essential in an interconnected 21st century. However, effective collaborations are not easy to create or to sustain. Students will discover the benefits of networking and collaborating, as well as examine best practices.
Collaboration involves working together in community. Students will help each other, engage in shared activities, and exchange information. The building of relationships enables them to learn from each other.
Working together is God's idea. God lives in community with others and an individuals' potential is realized in relationship with others. God created all to trust and work in unity with him, and to join him in what he is doing in the world.
Past work paradigms were about pioneering, resources, and strategy. 21st century paradigms are about partnering, relationships, and synergy. Students will identify aspects of their communities which could be transformed through collaboration.
Individualistic and separatist cultures make working together challenging, if not almost impossible. Students will identify ways in which cultural differences can impact working together.
Students will work together in creating a collaborative effort specific to a need.
Students will engage in collaborative learning through activities, group projects, networking events, and creation of resources related to networks and collaboration.