Think about the past year of your professional life. What types of projects or ideas have collaborated on with others?

To Do:

  1. Find an openly licensed image of a dining table on Unsplash, Pixabay or Creative Commons.
  2. Select an Image editing tool in the Extend Toolkit or one you are familiar with, to begin modifying the image you have selected.
  3. Choose one of the projects you identified (successful or otherwise) and using the image editing application, add each person’s name as a place setting at the table (you do not have to put real names).
  4. 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?
    • Do they offer a diverse perspective that is different from yours? If so, how does this help improve your teaching?
  1. At the centre of the table add the modes and communication tools you used to collaborate. Note which ones worked better than others.
  2. Identify patterns and gaps:
    • Highlight the type of people and processes that you know work well for you and which ones do not.
    • Identify anything that is missing from the table—anything you need to consider for future collaborations.
  1. Take a photo or screenshot of your “collaborative dining table” or export it as an image file.
  2. Share it on twitter with a mention of @ontarioextend and the hashtag #oextend. (Note: if you do not want to use Twitter you can submit the image file)
  3. Your submission for this activity can be an uploaded image of your dining table image or add a link to your tweet @ontarioextend #oextend that includes the image.
  4. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

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

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71 Responses for this Activity

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    Extend Activity #1 (attached word document) Collaborative Dining Table By David Schenk Feb 27 2023

  • The Collaborative Dining Table
    by Andrew Molas (@amolas)

    Please see attached photo of the collaborative dining room table

  • Collaborative Picnic
    by Carrie Ginou (@carrie.ginou)

    Creating a course is a collaborative picnic between teacher and students.

  • Dining table
    by Heather Melo (@Heather)

    In thinking of my current teaching practices I had limited experiences of collaboration over the past year. I choose to use a collaboration effort with some coworkers and supervisors related to the creation of recreational activities that people could complete at home. The need for the activity creation was in response to COVID restrictions. I more… »

  • The collaborative nature of working from home
    by Lorinda Seward (@Lorinda)

    As I am not (yet) a teacher, I’ve modified this activity to reflect on the collaborative nature of working from home at the beginning of the pandemic.

  • My Collaborative Dining Table
    by Shiong Len Chan (@Len)

    In the past year, I worked on an action research project with a colleague from another college. It was an eye-opening learning experience for both of us amateur educator-researchers. I’ve learned that proper planning and scheduling are imperative to project completion. I’ve also realized that leveraging and appreciating each other’s strengths lead to greater team more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Sarah Darling (@SDarling)

    In the creation of an OER for a shared course, I worked with my principal collaborator and with a technology expert.   The Principal Collaborator is part of my discipline, and they initiated the OER.  My principal collaborator absolutely has more experience and expertise in our field. I was brought in as support/content builder, and I think more… »

  • Collaborative Coffee
    by Kelly Brennan (@kmbrennan)

    Attached is an image of a collaborative project I had worked on last year with a small group of people. We are hoping to work together again and doing this activity and identifying the gaps will be a helpful item for discussion if we ever do get the opportunity to do another project together. Opens more… »

  • The Collaborative Dining Table
    by Farah Shafie (@fnshafie)


  • Dining Room Collaborative
    by Andrea Wappett (@wappeand)

    This was an interesting activity that would be beneficial to do with any project to make sure all areas are covered and different perspectives are explored. Having the right people at the table can make a difference to the finished product.

    3 Resources for this Activity

    • 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.

    • My Collaborative Table (Here is my example of how I collaborated over the past year.)
      shared by Jane Carr (@jscarr)

      This Table reflects great limitations that were experienced in the past year due to COVID. It does not reflect my usual collaborative experiences but it does show how our team works together on a single project (a Capstone course). My usual PLN/collaboration work begins in the time period before a semester begins. I usually attend more… »

    • My Table of Experiences
      shared by Jane Carr (@jscarr)

      For the Table exercise that reflected on this past year’s activity that offered opportunities to network, I must admit that networking was very limited this year. Normally I liaise with others in Professional Organizations such as the IEEE or the SMTA, and I attend and participate in local meet-ups. This past year I was so more… »

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