Innovation in scientific research is empowered by connecting experts from different locations, institutions and countries to diversify ideas and perspectives. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot know the exact contours of what lies ahead in the coming
months or years for the global economy and our places in it. But, as scientists, our focus will inevitably be on cutting edge research, creating innovative technology, cutting costs and boosting productivity during this crisis and into the future. To achieve this, we must maintain our global connections. Technology-mediated communication offers a method
of collaboration between virtual team members. Virtual collaboration makes it possible to communicate and interact exclusively through technological channels through verbal, visual, written, and digital means.
However, technological limits in sharing certain types of information are sometimes not perceived to be as effective as face-to-face interaction. There are multiple challenges behind virtual collaborations including: geographically dispersed collaborators, perceived invisibility to team members; time zone differences; cultural differences and diverse academic cultures; economic and logistical issues in accessing the Internet or technology; and uneven distribution of members across global locations. This webinar will focus on learning how to organize and optimize virtual collaborations, for example the meeting format and design, how to prepare content, choosing collaborators, selecting the right tools and how to moderate an online session.