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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  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Gary Danner (@gdanner)

    For this activity, I selected a project on with four other Professors at Fanshawe College. We had to make some changes/modifications to a rubric for one of the assignments during the semester.

  • Facilitation of Ontario Extend
    by Shauna Roch (@sroch)

    For this activity, I chose the project facilitating the Ontario Extend modules at Fanshawe as this was a recent experience. The table in my image was small so I added one chair for my co-facilitator, but the table can and should be expanded to include the workshop participants. My co-facilitator Kim is from a different more… »

  • Collaborative Online Course Development Project
    by Pamela LeBrun (@PamLeBrun)

    For this activity I chose to map out a project I worked on at the start of 2020, an online version of a computers course I teach. I worked directly with D2L on the project, so I have represented the major players, communication modes, processes and any future collaboration plans. Really opened my eyes to more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table – hwhitelaw
    by Haley Whitelaw (@hwhitelaw)

    Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

  • Preparing a New Collaborative Workshop
    by Elan Paulson (@Elan Paulson)

    COLLABORATORS AND SKILLS See image COMMUNICATION MODES Email (Effective), Zoom (Effective), Shared docs, e.g., Word, PPT (Effective), MS Teams (Effective) PROCESSES Kathryn organized with Joel, and suggested collaborators; Joel reached out to Cory and Elan; Elan reached out to Cory and Kathryn during Joel’s absence; Joel will reach out to Wesley/Britney if needed for admin more… »

  • Faculty Resource Site
    by Kim Wilmink (@KWilmink)

    For this activity I chose to reflect on my experience collaborating on a resource site to support faculty with the switch to remote online teaching in March 2020. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SJr2IIaVIiR5QOzV7Q4TdsycST9Yp1rR/view?usp=sharing

  • The OER Collaborative Dining Table
    by Holly Ashbourne (@hashbourne)

    Project: Medical Terminology OER Textbook Modes of Communication used: Email Synchronous, virtual meetings MS Teams Twitter Synchronous virtual meetings and MS Teams worked really well as COVID took away our ability to meet in person. Chatting on Teams, sharing files, and creating a Team dedicated to this project was extremely helpful in wrangling files and more… »

  • The Collaborative Dining Table
    by Dorina Grossu (@dgrossu)

    One of the most important activities of this year was when all of us had to start to teach in an intensive synchronous environment. Suddenly, the transformations were completed in almost no time. It has proven that education can do much more in a short time period and that we are ready for all types more… »

  • SFischer Collaborative Dining Table
    by Sarah Fischer (@sfischer)

    This activity highlighted for me the importance of building trust and employing radical candor in my collaboration process. The women who were my fellow collaborators on this project collaborated in such an authentic way that it inspired me to do the same. As a result, our project succeeded in ways I didn’t expect to be more… »

  • Vasu Padmanabhan – Collaborative Dining Table
    by VASUDEVAN PADMANABHAN (@vasus7)

    At work I lead a project to reduce rejection from stringing machines. These machines are highly automated. The Japanese manufacturer had gone bankrupt and these machines were declared obsolete. However due to budget constraints we had to continue operating these machines. For this A cross functional team was established with a mandate to find ways 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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