• Think about the past year of your professional life. List the projects or ideas that you have collaborated on with others.
  • On a piece of paper, or using graphics software, draw a dining table.
  • 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” and tweet it to @OntarioExtend using the hashtag #oextend.

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  • The Collaborative Dining Table (Sidney, @data_professor)

    For this task, I am self aware enough to know I can’t beat my colleagues brilliant drawings in her post. So before we get into the dining table, I would like to share a story which took place a number of years ago.

  • HyFlex Dinner Etiquette (Melanie Lefebvre, @ProfMelLefebvre)

    I bent the rules and featured a project I’m in the midst of – an up and coming HyFlex program!

  • Join me for dinner (Danny Smith, @ProfessorDannySmith)

    Having a meal with friends and family tends to be more fulfilling than eating alone.  We linger longer, eat a little more, and have more meaningful conversations and experiences.  This held  true for my recent project despite my efforts to use tech tools to facilitate collaboration between buildings and FT and PT faculty running on… Read more »

  • Guess who's coming to dinner? (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    A look around the table of a recent project to identify information gaps that students may experience when transitioning to college.

  • The Collaborative Dining Table (Steven Secord, @stevensecord)

    Teaching is not a solitary endeavour as this exercise shows. Who helped me in my first year of teaching in the Faculty of Education? More people than I could easily fit around any dining table.

  • Waiting for Dessert! (Helen DeWaard, @hj_dewaard)

    This is the story about Project Podcasting where I engage my students in podcasting for the first time. As their teacher, I collaborate with podcasters to build a podcasting PLN that turns out to be just the appetizer. Now I’m waiting for dessert.

  • Setting a Table for Collaboration (Lynn Cartan, @LynnCartan)

    A quick brainstorm on what I’ve accomplished over the last year and then setting a table for the participants of one of the projects.

  • Collaborative Campus PD (Denise Nielsen, @denielsen)

    Flipping through @ontarioextend Activity Bank and found this https://t.co/rvclI9QaHG What a great way to visualize a project. I chose a PD project we are still working on…with luck I will get my blog up and running to add this. #oextend #extendeast pic.twitter.com/LOMjfplT5M — Denise Nielsen (@denielsen) March 8, 2018

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