Version 1/26/2022 pg 3 Homework: Challenges of Virtual Teams (Short essay) Learning

Version 1/26/2022 pg 3
Homework: Challenges of Virtual Teams (Short essay)
Learning Objectives
Students will be able to
Write about the challenges of virtual teams
Use SmarThinking to receive proofreading feedback
Why?
Digital collaborations sometimes involve virtual teams. Virtual teams have benefits and challenges. You will explore some of the challenges in virtual teams and write a short essay (2-3 paragraphs). In business writing, concise communication is important.
Also, receiving feedback from other authors or from professional proofreading services is an important business skill. Before publishing articles, I and my coauthors send our articles to professional proofreading services.
Once, when I did not follow this advice, I accidently sent a scientific article with the word “corpse” instead of “corpus.” Fortunately, the editor caught the mistake, and I am sending the article to a professional proofreader. True story! (“Zombie Boy” published by OpenClipart under public domain)
Many students do not know about the free SmarThinking proofreading services. Part of the learning objective of this homework is to experience using SmarThinking. Another challenge students make is they don’t start early enough for a proofreading service to be of use.
Start early on this assignment so SmarThinking has time to send you back their comments and you have time to update your paper appropriately. SmarThinking needs at least 24 hours to respond.
Task
Write a 2 to 3 paragraph, short essay on the challenges of working in virtual teams.
Single space. Maximum 1 page.
Be concise and to the point. Focus on the main points you want to convey to your reader.
Use at least two different references in APA format. References are not part of the 2-3 paragraphs.
Add a title that is more informative than “Challenges of virtual team…”
Submit a MS Word or PDF document to SmarThinking through class.
Receive the feedback from SmarThinking. Edit your document accordingly, although you are the author and do not have to do everything they recommend. (See Figure 1)
Here are some writing tips by Professor
Don’t write fluff or long-worded sentences. Instead, be direct and clear.
Poor example:
“Upon reflection, those who collaborate in writing tasks need to consider the pros and cons of the choices they make, specifically they need to consider the constraints of their physical surroundings.”
Good example:
“Those who write together have options. They need to consider if the benefits of getting together in the same place outweighs the convenience of asynchronous writing. “
Avoid sentences with more than one clause. Notice the poor example above. The sentence has two commas indicating clauses that may not be needed. Limiting your sentences to one clause will help you write concisely.
Avoid the word “it”. “It” can lead to confusion for the reader. Be explicit and use the noun for which “it” refers.
After the word “this”, state a noun. The term “this” can also lead to confusion. Use a noun after “this” to clarify.
Poor Example: “Dog schools can help calm energetic puppies. This is good.” This what? Does this refer to “dog schools”, “help calm”, or “energetic puppies.”
Good example: “Dog schools can help calm energetic puppies. This service is good.”
Avoid long paragraphs. Instead, write about one idea per paragraph. Break a paragraph into smaller paragraph if the idea changes or if the paragraph is longer than 5-7 sentences. I’ve seen some students write an entire page in one paragraph. Writing shorter paragraphs with one idea helps the reader read faster and not miss important points. A two-sentence paragraph may be too short to effectively convey your main point.
You may use a bullet list as one of your 2-3 paragraphs if the bullet list adds value to the reader. Adding value means the following:
communicates something the reader didn’t already know
demonstrates your main point, or
organizes content that would get lost in a paragraph.
Bullet lists are a good tool in business writing to facilitate skim reading. Skim reading is the technique of write so the reader can read quickly. Bullet lists should be at least three items or longer.
Figure 1. Location of SmarThinking in Blackboard
Deliverable:
You will submit two items to the professor at \classcidm3320lessonsweek 3Turn in Homework: Challenges of Virtual Teams:
Submit your perfected, short essay in MS Word or Pdf format
Submit evidence of using SmarThinking proofreading. This evidence may be a screenshot of their feedback form, email, or if they submit an edited Word document with comments inside Word, you may submit that document as evidence.
Grading Rubric:
The following rubric is used to grade this activity. This assignment is worth 100 points.
Criteria
Excellent 100%
Subpar 70%-50%
Inadequate 50% or less
Knowledge
Knowledge about the challenges of virtual teams is communicated
On topic but lacks organization of thought or fluff gets in the way of communicating knowledge. Extra effort could have made the paper valuable to the reader.
Off topic or confusing or rambling. Lack of effort.
Professional writing
Free from grammatical errors, spelling errors, word choice errors. Document includes items such as title, page numbers, etc. Flows nicely from one thought to the next.
A few grammatical errors, spelling errors, word choice errors. Page length is too long. Document includes items such as title, page numbers, etc. Flow is rough and lacks organization.
Many distracting grammatical errors, spelling errors, word choice errors. Document is not formatted with title, page numbers, and other useful artifacts.
Professor extra writing tips
Writes concisely by avoiding sentences that are long-worded, filled with unnecessary clauses, or awkward in constructions.
Pronouns, such as “it” and “this” are defined clearly.
Paragraphs are focused on one main topic and not too long or too short.
If bullet points used, they add value and contain at least three items.
One of the tips is not followed.
More than one of the tips are not followed.
References
At least two references were used in APA format
One reference used
Zero reference used.
Proofreading
Evidence provided that SmarThinking proofread the paper and appropriate changes were made
Proofread by someone other than SmarThinking
Lacking evidence SmarThinking was used
Note. Failing to use SmarThinking will result in a zero for the assignment since using SmarThinking is one of the learning objectives.

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