What is ‘Enabling Student Reflection’

When you design thought provoking course modules, give meaningful feedback and assessment, and conduct a live class or model introspective activities you are enabling student reflection. When you do this you are giving providing the opportunity and space for a student to internalize and deepen their knowledge.

How Can I Use ‘Enabling Student Reflection’ in my Class?

  • Highlight practices in your discipline where reflection is a common and expected activity.
  • Ask the question ‘Why?’ often.
  • Give students an opportunity to explain their thoughts, answers and work using blogs and discussion boards.
  • In live classes, or near synchronous activity, follow up short answers with probing dialog that gives you an idea of the student’s mastery of the subject.
  • Require students to record their thoughts in a journal over the span of your course and examine the evolution of their thoughts as they gain knowledge.
  • Ask students if there are other ways to go about solving a problem or completing a task. Provide them an opportunity to redo an assignment or explore a topic using another method.
  • Use the Socratic Method


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About the Author:

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eLearning courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eLearning and researching eLearning tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

This page was last updated on : Dec 16, 2014