Using Self Reflection to Enhance Learning
Another component used in online learning courses to enhance your learning experience is self reflection. This is a powerful tool for professional development. In an online course, you are constantly being asked to reflect on your knowledge and learning and write about it. Through your initial discussion posts and in your responses to others, your own thoughts on the content and its relevance to your situation are constantly being self assessed. As you learn more, your confidence about the content grows, as does your ability to apply it in your teaching practice. All OPEN NH courses have the option of graduate credits through Plymouth State University. A final reflection paper is a requirement for graduate credit. The paper asks you to reflect on the significance of your learning in the course. There are many levels of significance in learning, depending on the overall result of learning. In this tutorial, you will explore the meaning of self reflection in online courses.
After completing this unit, you will be able to:
Links For your convenience, the web addresses for the links in the readings and Activities Sections are provided below.
Chapter 12. Learning Through Reflection http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/Learning-Through-Reflection.aspx
Learning Through Reflection http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/development/reflection.html
Go to the Discussion Forum for this unit.
Write an initial post that reflects on what you learned in this tutorial. Use these discussion starter questions to frame your reflections. Consider the analysis of readiness for online learning that you did for orientation.
Return to the Discussion Forum throughout the unit and read the initial posts of your classmates. Respond to at least two of your classmates with a reflective analysis of their initial thoughts. Use your experiences in the course, the readings and videos, and the thoughts of your classmates to support your ideas and deepen the discussion.