With thanks to Bill Becker:
I've used the Harvard Everest team challenge. Costs $15 per student but the mechanics and materials are very good. In person, I have been using Pandemic and Flash Point which are cooperative board games.
With thanks to Adam Kleinbaum:
I recently did the Grogan Air exercise with a group and found that it works pretty well online. I've also used Speed Ventures (aka Carter Racing) – it works great in person and I suspect it would work well online too. Both are group decision-making exercises, not really collaborative activities.
With thanks to Sofya Isaakyan:
Sometime ago, Patricia Satterstrom shared an online version of a Broken Squares exercise. Here is the link that she openly shared so that others could get a copy of the exercise: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uKSat05OpMU5k6rLYDWxKjU3UpriuH8w?fbclid=IwAR3tpeBT-grmFDsnKVlbM9heL7kvMC2yYkPMQO96EIkPRXAMBSN8njI8r_w
I used the exercise in my MBA class, and it worked really well! It was very powerful to demonstrate the role of team coordination, interdependence, and potential conflict between individual and team goals.
With thanks to Scott Furtwengler:
Miro.com is a web-based collaborative app. I have used it conducting Design Thinking workshops for brainstorming/ideation, creative tasks, and teamwork tasks. As the user, you create a virtual board where the students can place virtual post-it notes on to boards and frames that you design for your suited purpose...in real time. Everyone views the boards remotely as they are being populated. This might be useful in guiding your decision on which team building tasks to assign.
With thanks to Emily David:
You could do a virtual murder mystery or a virtual escape room. The only issue is that these take longer (around an hour) to do:
With thanks to Frank Markow:
An activity I have used in the classroom, that translates OK using Zoom breakout rooms for team building:
Do a set-up such as:
Your team has been asked by the CEO to develop a new product for (whatever company / sector you think will be fun). Your team has to complete the following tasks:
They have to be prepared to report back to the class all of these things.
Ground rules for the collaboration:
Then, I let them make their presentations. Afterwards, as a class we talk about their experience, things like:
(some of this may be awkward, but they can see the point pretty fast here..)
Anyhow, this is always a fun activity, not only to experience a team event, but to demonstrate some of the common issues that come up.