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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57 Responses for this Activity

  • Dining table talk
    by Carol Van Dusen (@Ginger Brown)

    Unfortunately, the image of the dining table was not able to be uploaded, therefore, the content added was then submitted using this format. Jaden and I met to discuss interest from peers in starting a bible study group.  We sat beside each other when we met, however, in prior meetings using cell phones or zoom more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Megan Anderson (@manderson)

    For this activity I reflected on a project I recently worked on where we had to catalogue a subject specific library. The main takeaway for me was that all parties brought something unique and valuable to the table, but that given the different stages we are all at in our lives and careers there was more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Table for a Mobile App Project
    by Jessica Joy (

    For this activity I chose a recent project that brought together several collaborators from a diverse set of disciplines and skill levels. Each played a key role in the project but our perspectives and preferences on how to agree on a common goal for the project differed to a notable degree, as well as our more… »

  • Collaborative Dining Activity
    by Brian Smith (@brian.smith)

    I chose to describe a typical collaboration in my daily activities between a planner, communicator and visionary.  Used the Adobe Creative Cloud Express (nee: Adobe Spark).  Excellent visual tool.

  • Collaborative Dining Table
    by Caitlin Cull (@ccull)


  • Collaborative dining table
    by Gitanjali Shanbhag (@gshanbhag)

    As a Teaching Assistant, I helped with an assessment overhaul for a course. All assessments were critically evaluated and most of them were changed to be able to adapt to the online environment. To do so we had multiple people on the “dining table”: An ex-student who had feedback on the assessments, an educational developer more… »

  • Group Project – Collaborative Dining Table
    by Victoria Workman (@Victoria Workman)

    A recent group project in a Business course was a great object for the collaborative dining table exercise.  The project included faculty, students, outside “client” , advisory group, and external community members and businesses.  This project was completed virtually, which was no small feat!  Communication modes were key, as were sharing apps such as Google more… »

  • The Collaborative Dining Table
    by Wendy Tseng (


  • Energizer GTC Collaborative Table
    by Martin Dupuis (@Martin Dupuis)

    You could use this exercise at the start of a project to determine: Do you have all the right people at the table? Are all the necessary skills available? Will you be utilizing all of the best tools?  

  • My Dining Table
    by Mary Jayne (MJ) Brown (@MJ Brown)

    Collaborator is my first module and I am a real newbie with Twitter.  My dining table is certainly not to scale or completely square but you will get the idea.  This was a team meeting with a course master and 3 professors (including myself).  We were brainstorming for the course and for the final exam 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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