Think about the past year of your professional life…

  • List the projects or ideas that you have collaborated on with others.
  • Now, on a piece of paper, or using one of the Image tools in the Extend Toolkit, draw a dining table or modify an open licensed image of one.
  • Choose one of the projects you identified (successful or otherwise) and draw a place setting for each person involved at the table. Describe each person you worked with. Consider the following questions:
    • Were they part of or outside of your discipline?
    • How did your skills compare with theirs?
  • At the centre of the table list the modes and communication tools you used to collaborate. Note which ones worked better than others.
  • Identify patterns and gaps:
    • Highlight the type of people and processes that you know work well for you.
    • Identify anything that is missing from the table—anything you need to consider for future collaborations.
  • Take a photo of your “collaborative dining table” or export it as an image file. Then share it on twitter with a mention of @OntarioExtend and the hashtag #oextend.

This activity is part of the Explore Collaboration section of the Collaborator Module.

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  • PLN Dining Table
    by Bert Slessor (@BS)

    For my PLN Dining Table, I used the Focus on Teaching Conference that I helped plan.  At my table were a series of faculty, instructional designers, faculty developers, the LMS manager, and Vice President of Academics.  There were so many unique modes of communication — predominantly online tools, such as Teams, Webex, Zoom, etc. Collaboration more… »

  • Invitation to my Collaborative Pot Luck
    by Michelle Laurence (@Michelle Laurence)

    I prepared an invitation to a workshop I gave at the time of the pivot. It is a potluck instead of a dinner party setting since everyone likes different things to eat (learn) but also will allow others to eat (learn) something new. My guests are professors that come with general approaches (sweet or salty), more… »

  • Dining to Collaborate
    by jessica srivastava (@Jessica)

    I used a curriculum planning session for the first run of an online MBA prep program for international students. Our team knew each other but but had not necessarily worked together a a while. The biggest challenge was the differing knowledge and familiarity in being on line and using online tools. However, we managed to more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    I’ve created a twitter account and  came to know about # tags usage in twitter. Usually I use LinkedIn for my professional network, share and gain ideas. I am developing my professional network  on Twitter. My collaborative dining table is Conference table for Reverse Osmosis Sea Water Desalination Plant Construction project. Interacted with diverse perspective people, finalized more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by amy taylor (@amytaylor)

    I attempted to use adobe Spark and Canva…but sadly was easily frustrated.  My young daughter told me about jamboard and so together we took a picture of our dining room and began creating…even this assignment was a collaborative project.. We all need each other!

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Sherry Parker (@sparker)

    I just created my first Twitter account !  For the Collaborative Dining Table exercise I used my volunteer work.  Until recently I was Chair of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters South Western Ontario Branch (CME-SWOB) and each year we hold an event of ~ 400 manufacturing professionals, awarding $20,000-25,000 in scholarships to high-school, college and university more… »

  • Collaborative Course Updating
    by Jennifer White (@jwhite6094)

    We used Bongo Virtual Classroom to collaborate on a process to update a course involving the transition to online, development of some new slides to explain concepts, and approaches to assessments. This involved key collaborators with the three instructors teaching the class, the course lead / former program coordinator, and the new program coordinator. It more… »

  • Dining Table – Collaboration
    by Radica Bissoondial (@rbissoondial)

    Attached and below is my capture of my key stakeholders during collaboration on community partnership with my program.  

  • Participating in OntarioExtend Empowered Educator
    by Mona Brennan-Coles (@MonaBC)

    For this activity, I chose the professional development project participating in the OntarioExtend Empowered Educator program through the facilitated opportunity at Fanshawe College. My dining table looks like a Virtual Meeting because for much of the past year that has been often how I have dined with friends.   Collaborative Dining Table activity in @ontarioextend more… »

  • Dining table – the cat
    by Giselle Carter (@gmcarter)

    Here is a picture of a recent research project I was involved in. The cat is a perfect picture of how I feel, as covid messed everything up. The project is now on hold. Thus the table is empty, and we sit around.  You can see our different roles. I know I like to learn, more… »

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    • Dining with a Collaborator
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      I’m not in the habit of sharing much on social media, so I find this makes me a little uncomfortable. I don’t like opening the opportunity for what I communicate to be taken out of context. For this reason, I would prefer to build networks in person rather than online. I’ll try it though.

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