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Collaborative Working in a Remote Team

Learn how to work effectively and collaboratively with your team as you navigate remote working with the University of Leeds.

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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Examine the benefits and challenges of remote working

Today’s workplace has moved away from traditional office spaces and instead, our teams span locations and even time zones, with more and more people working from home.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how you can use technology to effectively communicate with your remote working team.

You’ll explore both the benefits and challenges of remote working, and discover the tools to help you overcome barriers and successfully set up your remote working space.

Encourage collaborative working with project planning tools

You’ll examine strategies, technologies, and project management tools to learn how you can ease the difficulties of working remotely.

You’ll also look at case studies to understand how and why these technologies are used, and gain practical advice for getting started.

As well as promoting collaborative working, you’ll learn how to ensure your own wellbeing and understand how this is a key to success in home working.

Produce an action plan template to improve team communication

By the end of this course, you’ll have the practical planning skills to help you successfully work remotely. You’ll receive advice on how to apply these skills to the real-world before creating an action plan for your role in a remote team.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Adeseye Lowal-Solarin: Collaborative Working in a Remote Team is one of three courses exploring collaboration, communication, and remote work. From understanding how to set up your remote working space, to exploring tools you can use to communicate, you’ll discover how to collaborate across different locations and time zones. You will learn how to ensure your own well-being. And some of the different collaboration strategies you can use. You will also work towards creating your own action plan for network. This course as part of a portfolio of professional and digital skills courses from the University of Leeds, in association with the Institute of Coding. All available for free to help you build your career today.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds Whether you’re new to the world of work or forging a new career for yourself, we look forward to sharing your journey into the fast-moving digital space. Join us online now.


  • Week 1

    What is remote working?

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet Adeseye Lawal-Solarin, who will guide you through the course. You'll also have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and plan your learning journey.

    • Challenges, opportunities and wellness of remote working

      In this activity, with the help of a case study you will find out about the challenges and opportunities related to remote working.

    • Getting ready to work remotely

      You're now going to explore the technology that you need to remote work and how to connect to the internet securely. You will also look at the importance of creating a dedicated workspace within your home.

    • Developing your remote working plan

      In this activity, you will start building your own plan to work remotely. You'll also find out about areas of your remote working that could be improved.

    • Summary

      You’ve now reached the end of Week 1 of Collaborative Working in a Remote Team. In this activity, we’ll sum up what you’ve learned and look ahead to Week 2.

  • Week 2

    How to work remotely and collaboratively

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week, you will be exploring how to manage time, projects and workloads, and how you can get ready to work remotely.

    • Managing time, projects and workload

      In this activity, you look at some of the ways we can work collaboratively with others remotely, and how simple time and project management tools can ensure the smooth running of remote teams.

    • Getting ready to work remotely

      In this activity, you will explore the collaborative working and communication tools used by remote workers. You will also produce a detailed plan to help you on your way to being a remote worker yourself.

    • Summary

      You've learned about the complexities of remote working and constructed an action plan. Now you will test your understanding and learn about the next steps in the Digital Skills for the Workplace portfolio of courses.

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Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of remote working
  • Explore the main requirements for successful remote working
  • Develop an action plan for successful remote working
  • Discuss strategies for effective collaborative working
  • Experiment with time and project management tools
  • Explore tools and resources to help you work remotely
  • Produce a detailed plan for successful remote working

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who would like to expand their digital skills.

You’ll build confidence in digital working practices, whether you’re just entering work and you are looking to improve your career prospects or you are already working remotely and want to improve your collaboration skills.

This may include those starting our in their careers, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.

The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

Sophie has worked with digital media for over 30 years both as an artist, producer and educator. She now works remotely from her home beside the sea.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

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