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 EdTech Sandbox 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 X with a mention of @ontarioextend and the hashtag #oextend. (Note: if you do not want to use X 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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  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Victoria Jackson (@victoriaj)

    For this exercise I used Open Clip Art to find an image, and I manipulated it with Paint. My image and reflection are in the attached file.

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Susan (@Susan Wilks)

    For this activity I chose to illustrate the collaborative process we are using in the development of a new post-secondary program.  Rather than an image of a table in a dining room, I chose the image of a table in the kitchen – kitchens traditionally being where a lot of preparation work is done.  I more… »

  • Collab Dining Table
    by Mary Chaktsiris (@mchaktsi)

    Patterns are that these are all people I have gotten to know and trust, that I have things in common with and that I am inspired by. I would like to widen my relationships and networks to include more voices and experiences.

  • The collaborative dining table
    by Ishank Chopra (@ishankchopra)

    This was an exciting exercise. I recently worked with a couple of my co-workers from different departments on a project to design and implement a job aid to help production employees with wire strip length verification. This required us to develop, design, test, and implement an idea within our production process. Answering the following parts- more… »

  • Collaborative Table for a Collaborative Team
    by Miranda Mckenzie (@mx_mckenzie)

    I enjoyed this activity because the comparison to the dining table is really representative of my team and our team dynamics. We work well together, we find ourselves around a table a lot, discussing and planning projects as a group and I know I can always ask for support (pass the potatoes please!) and I more… »

  • Collaborative
    by Stephanie Ferguson (@stpark)

    I decided not to choose a dining table for this activity because it didn’t feel representative of this particular project. A dining table felt too formal or restrictive! Instead, I chose an image of people sitting around a campfire because part of what made this project successful was how well we all meshed and the more… »

  • Adaptation and Collaboration
    by Mark Shannelly (@mshannelly)

    This was an interesting and oddly challenging activity for me! I used a sound design project that I am working on right now, outside of my teaching job but in the same vocation. It is a small team of people working remotely, and the other folks mentioned have three very unique perspectives on the assets more… »

  • OER Adaptation/Collaboration
    by Jen Booth (@jen.booth)

    Interesting activity. I used Canva to modify the table, and even managed to put a bit of perspective in with plates/names. This was a pretty effective collaboration, despite the contributors being from 3 different institutions and numerous different academic areas (all quite opposite to my own). I like slack for other purposes, but found it more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table for a Book Chapter
    by Adam Langridge (@alangridge)

    This task was fun, although fitting all of the information asked for in the task onto one picture was a challenge. It was lucky that the project I decided to use as the basis for this task only included four people. Any more than that and it would have been impossible to include in one more… »

  • The Collaborative Dining Table
    by Ramandeep Kaur (@Raman)

    The project I picked here for the dining table is teaching a math course.  People at the table are: Sam: Both Sam and I taught this course. He was a subject expert with previous experience teaching the same course. So we discussed the subject matter, delivery method, and evaluations. Bob: He was from my discipline more… »

    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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