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Knowledge Mobilization During a Pandemic

Resources for Virtual Collaboration and KM

So, if we want to limit video calls, what else can we use for virtual collaboration? Here are some other alternatives that folks from the RIC network have used:

  • For Team Management: Microsoft Teams
    Teams can have ongoing individual or group chats, and it’s integrated with video and tele-conferencing options. It has file storage and sharing to keep shared files organized and can integrate with other workplace programs (including mind mapping tools, virtual whiteboards…etc.)
  • For Visual Collaboration: Miro
    Teams can co-create virtual mind maps, project plans, flow charts, and/or facilitate design thinking through extensive templates. This could be helpful as teams are planning projects, understanding flow charts, and establishing processes.
  • For Brainstorming: Padlet
    Teams can contribute photos, documents, web links, video, and music to the same “board” or “virtual wall”. This could be a possible alternative for brainstorming video calls, and people can contribute and bounce off of other ideas in their own time.
  • For Project Management: Asana or Trello
    Teams can keep track of projects, especially those that involve collaboration among many different parties. You can set up and keep track of timelines, boards, post-it notes, to-do lists — accessible and editable by all team members.
  • For Debrief / Retrospective Reflection: Funretro
    Teams can add in responses to answer the questions: What worked well? What didn’t work well? What actions can we do for next time to improve? This may be especially useful for quick sessions to improve teams functionality, especially as many projects are evolving rapidly.