Benefits of Collaboration and Cooperation

Perhaps you're interested in working more effectively with your colleagues. Or maybe you're managing a team who aren't operating like a team. Whatever your interest, this short course will help you to understand the benefits of collaboration and cooperation. It's ideal for anyone looking to implement collaboration and cooperation more effectively in their organisation, whether as a leader, manager, or team member. This training course has been created in collaboration with our subject matter expert, Eleanor Snare, emotional literacy specialist and life coach.

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 8-12 minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • Virtual College Certified

Course description

This short course has been designed to help you learn the benefits of collaboration and cooperation and the difference between these ways of working.

What is covered in this Benefits of Collaboration and Cooperation course?

Our online Benefits of Collaboration and Cooperation training course is broken down into the following sections and can be completed at your own pace. The course includes;

ModuleWhat it includes
Finding a Shared Purpose

Even at the best of times, collaboration in the workplace can be tricky to manage. When you don't have a clear purpose for the collaboration, things can get out of hand, fast! In this section, we look at the definition of collaboration, what the goals are and why it's so important. We go through what the purpose of your collaboration in the workplace should be and when collaboration is useful. This section contains a short quiz to further your understanding of the content so far.

Effective Communication

At the heart of collaboration is working together, and that requires communication. In this section, we will delve into the role communication plays during collaboration and the different type of communication that can be very useful. We give you some tips on getting communication right, so your collaboration goes as smoothly as possible. Following this, there is a quiz to check your understanding.

Knowledge Sharing

Part of communication is knowledge sharing, which we explore in greater detail during this section. We give an example of sharing knowledge between people, teams, and levels of a hierarchy in the workplace,. You'll also learn the difference between collaboration and teamwork and how to cultivate a sharing attitude. We give you some scenarios with follow-up questions to help cement the knowledge you have gained.

Extension TaskBy this section, you'll have covered a lot of material. To really get to grips with what it all means, this task will put you to the test. Before you start practising collaboration with your colleagues, you might want to spend a bit of time reflecting on your own skills around the three basic principles you've learned about.

Why take this Collaborative Principles course?

This short course has been designed to help you learn the three basic principles of collaborating so you can hit the ground running and feel confident you're approaching collaboration in the right way. During this course, you will learn how to find a shared purpose between you and the people you are working with, find out what effective communication looks like during a collaborative project and be able to identify the difference between teamwork and collaboration. All of these power skills are extremely beneficial in any workplace environment and will help forward your personal and professional development.

Collaborative Principles Course Duration

This short power skill course should take 8-12 minutes to complete, but e-learning is self-paced, so it depends entirely on your individual learning speed and how quickly you absorb the study material.


After completing this Collaborative Principles course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this Collaborative Principles course.

Further online training courses

We have over 300 accredited online courses and a wide selection of personal and professional development courses including Dealing with Difficult Situations, How to Improve Problem-Solving Skills and How to Effectively Deliver Criticism Online Course.

View our full catalogue of online courses here.

You will learn

  • Explore examples of the differences between collaboration, cooperation and teamwork.
  • Explore the reasons behind why your colleagues may resist or avoid collaboration.
  • Identify the risks and limitations of collaboration and cooperation.
  • Explore the evidence-backed benefits to implementing collaboration and cooperation in your workplace.

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Senior or middle management
  • New or aspiring managers
  • Experienced managers
  • Project Managers

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

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    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

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