Resources to support working, collaborating and training remotely #PUBLIC
At the Open Data Institute we’re looking to improve our own practice and learn from others. We know that others have expertise in this area and there’s lots of great guidance out there already. So we are keen to find tools, resources and communities we can learn from.
While the trigger for compiling this document is the current Coronavirus pandemic, working and collaborating more effectively remotely is something that we could all do better. It’s more inclusive and helps reduce unnecessary travel.
This is a PUBLIC document compiled initially from responses on this twitter thread, plus some further reading and research. It’s published under a CC-BY-SA licence.
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General tips and guidance for remote workers and teams with remote members. We may all need to be doing more remote working, some of us for the first time. There’s lots of great advice our there already. Here’s a few pointers:
* Preparing for Emergency Remote Work from Workplaceless. The checklist linked from the first recommendation is very helpful.
* 8 Remote Working Tips for Beginners
* 21 Tried and True Tips for Remote Working - Diego Poza, Auth0
* How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully - Erik Devaney
* How to Create Belonging for Remote Workers - Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy
* How to manage remote employees - Tori Fica, focuses on connection and collaboration
* Work in the time of Corona - Alice Goldfuss, practical tips for mental health whilst remote working
* Rescheduling SmashingConf SF And Looking Out For Each Other - Rachel Andrew, links to lots of useful resources for remote working and workers
* What you need to know before working remotely - Therezia Tanzil, the good, the bad and the ugly based on 7 years of remote working, strong focus on mental health issues
* Managing Mental Health with Imposed Remote Working - Matt Dean, has some useful types for staying connected, communications and advice for both individuals and managers
* How to embrace remote work by Trello has an excellent set of tips and recommendations.
* 18F best practices for making distributed teams work
* Resources to effectively lead during COVID-19 from Harvard Business school has suggestions for leaders and managers
* #CovidCreativesToolkit: A set of curated [free, open source!] resources, from digital gathering spaces and dance parties, to digital syllabi and funding opportunities, to support creative practitioners who need to go digital quickly. Managed by 30+ curators in arts & culture around the world. Get involved: http://bit.ly/CovidCreativesTwitter
Working together remotely
Guidance for holding better online meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
* Online Meeting/Gathering Resources - a large list of resources
* So you want to Host a Web Meeting (PDF) by Nancy White, with Pete Cranston, Susan Stewart and Bonnie Koenig
* Full Circle Associates Online Community Guide
* Definitive Guide to Facilitating Remote Workshops - Mural ebook
* Tools for Remote Teams
* Virtual Liberating Structures Resources
* Blog series by Nancy White on moving group interactions online (part 2, part 3)
* Liberating Chat - Jeroen de Jong
* How your own virtual lightning talks using Google Hangouts - Peter Murray
* Coronavirus Tech Handbook - long list of resources, including lists of remote working tools.
* How to take your conference online while keeping it friendly - Judy Rees
Guidance for running training and learning sessions via remote participants
* Online Meeting/Gathering Resources - large list of resources, includes a section on online education
* Suddenly *Training* From Home? Grab This - Judy Rees
* Webinars that Connect How-To Guide
* Ensuring continuity of learning during enforced absence from JISC, has some practical tips for teaching, learning and supporting students remotely
* Coronavirus Tech Handbook - long list of resources, including links to docs related to remote training and learning
* Creative learning (make your own eLearning) - A learning pathway to design your own eLearning on the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s KayaConnect.org platform
Online events and meetings
* Jitsi Meet - muliti-platform encrypted video conferencing; no account needed; FOSS
* Zoom - video-conferencing, webinars. Supports breakout rooms
* Jamboard - interactive, shared whiteboard
* Miro - collaborative white boarding
* Stormboard - shared sticky notes and whiteboards
* Mural - online brainstorming
* Trello - as a shared post-it tool
* Fun Retro - virtual retros, brainstorming, etc
User research tools
* Quicktime Player can be used to record user research interviews
Online training tools
* Kahoot - Create fun, interactive quizzes
* Gamoteca - Create role-playing games that can be deployed to mobiles
People and communities
People and communities we can learn from, connect with, etc
* Liberating Structures London - Slack
* International Association of Facilitators - has national chapters, e.g. in England-Wales. And a shared slack channel
* f4c-response group - a place for those who facilitate online (or need to) can learn, share and make offers to the world as the Covid19 virus plays out.