Successful Virtual Teamwork - How to Manage, Collaborate and Leverage Productivity
Tele-working is becoming a more and more popular topic amongst modern organizations. However, it also comes with some challenges for both: tele-workers and management. This course will make you and your team fit for virtual collaboration in geographically distributed contexts. You will learn about the benefits and risks of driving a virtual team culture and how guided remote work drives to success. Furthermore, you will learn how to use intercultural competences as a key factor of interaction and communication. In the hands-on part of the course you will learn how to select appropriate online collaboration tools and how to employ them in a practical task. Working with a “real life” virtual team, you will gain first-hand experience about the opportunities and challenges of tele-working.
September 18, 2019 - October 16, 2019
Language: English

Course information


Tele-working is becoming a more and more popular topic amongst modern organizations.
However, it also comes with some challenges for both: tele-workers and management.
This course will make you and your team fit for virtual collaboration in geographically distributed contexts. You will learn about the benefits and risks of driving a virtual team culture and how guided remote work drives to success. Furthermore, you will learn how to use intercultural competences as a key factor of interaction and communication. In the hands-on part of the course you will learn how to select appropriate online collaboration tools and how to employ them in a practical task. Working with a “real life” virtual team, you will gain first-hand experience about the opportunities and challenges of tele-working.

Course characteristics:

  • Language: English
  • Starting from: September 18, 2019
  • Course end: October 10, 2019
  • Duration: 4 weeks (3-6 hours per week)
  • Target group:
    • Professionals working from remote
    • Lower management
    • Middle and senior management
    • Professionals working from remote (tele-workers)
    • Researchers working in international projects
    • Everybody who is interested in collaborating with remote partners
  • Course requirements: none

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Additional video lecturing material can be found at www.tele-task.de .

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Certificate Requirements


  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a confirmation of participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by


Thomas Staubitz (openHPI Team)

Thomas Staubitz is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Internet Technologies and Systems group of Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam. His general research topics are in the area of eLearning and MOOCs. A particular focus is on collaboration and interaction among course participants and assessment strategies beyond multiple-choice quizzes.

Hanadi Traifeh

Hanadi Traifeh is a Design Thinking researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute and a Design Thinking coach at the HPI School Design Thinking. Her primary research interests include the digital transformation of education, learner-centric education design, and the effective use of Design Thinking in education. She led and contributed to the design and implementation of several educational and capacity building programmes around the world for organizations that include the University of Cambridge, BBC World Trust, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, and the World Affairs Council of North California. ​ Hanadi holds an MA in Fine Arts from the University of Wales (UK) and a Certificate in Instructional Design from George Brown College (Canada).​

Salim Chujfi

Salim Chujfi is an entrepreneur who has been re-thinking the telecommunications business with disruptive technical innovations during the last 20 years. He has developed his professional career mainly in organizations in the Petroleum/Gas and Telecommunications business in Latin America and Europe. Thanks to his academic background as Systems Engineer with a degree of Master of Science in Technology Management, Salim has designed innovative Cloud-based services offering teleworking solutions to a wide variety of industries including Financial Services, Automobile, Health Care, Energy and Travelling.

Salim is co-founder and CEO/CTO at Sabienzia Technologies, a German based organization leader in the field of teleworking and cloud service solutions. Thanks to their unique cloud-based services, Sabienzia manages the biggest pool of teleworkers in Germany enabling secure and decentralized workplaces meeting the high security standards required by the Federal Data Protection authorities in Germany. Salim is currently also a regular contributor and adviser in technologies, security and telecommunication for organizations including the Deutsche Welle.

Since 2013, Salim joined the researching team at Hasso Plattner Institute – HPI – in Potsdam, where he combines practical and academic experiences designing the working environments of the future. At HPI his research includes the development of cognitive frameworks for decentralized working environments to improve individual’s performance and effectiveness overcoming the lack of face-to-face communication. He also proposes assessment taxonomies to analyze online comportment at the levels of the individual and community, in order to successfully identify characteristics to help evaluate higher effectiveness of communication and develop potential collective intelligence models.

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