The Ladder of Inference
Virtual Communication Tips
We live in a virtual world, so working online with your team can be equally effective if you take the time to build your team as you would in person. The information about the ladder of inference applies to any mode of communication; however you will especially need to consider your writing and comments in an online platform. We highly suggest that you have many opportunities for collaborative meetings, where you can see each other’s faces. Hearing and seeing each other can help to minimize assumptions of tone when we read messages.
Identify what communication platforms will work for your team’s needs. Do you want to see each other’s faces? Would you like to be able to record your meetings? Would you like to be able to use instant chat/text between meetings?
- Brainstorming: Linoit, Padlet, MindMup
- Document Sharing: Google Drive
- Project/Time Management: Google Calendar, Asana, Trello
- Communication: Moodle Forums, Google Hangouts, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, Slack, WhatsApp
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