2.4 Reflection and learning

As highlighted by Moon (2005), different types of reflection do exist (e.g. descriptive, dialogic, second-order reflection and critical reflection). I think that at work, in the classroom, reflection is done as an evaluation of how I did the lesson e.g. if lesson’s objectives have been reached. Thus it may be regarded as a reflection for evaluation purposes. As I used to teach in a secondary school, the reflection which they could possibly do would be considered as much more superficial. They tend to be immature, not able to reflect deeply, need strict guidelines for their learning, not customised with any type of reflection. This has been experienced when I introduced blogging with one of the classes. When I asked them through guidelines to post their reflections on specific class activities, they tended to be sketchy in their answers.

In H808, the reflection being made is much more deep. in a Masters course, this is presumable,  as the material tries to instill not just knowledge to a student but also skills of which analysis, communication, criticism, research and proactivity. Moreover in H808 students are moving towards the same goal, therefore one may find help through lurking, collaborating with others etc.. Such strategies may help the reflective part of this course which is important as development may be richer.

For a learner, I think that blogging is a good way to post publicly or privately reflections on activities which form part of the course being undertaken. Choosing between public or private posting will depend on the scope of the blog and the particular post being done. I think that if in courses like H808, blog posting is publicly done, the learner may enhance his own learning not just through reflection which this might involve but also as quality feedback may be obtained on the post thus resulting in furthering the reflective process. Such collaboration as seen in H800 and H807 may enhance learning. In fact I have been using this blog from my first MAODE course. My posts normally are answers to weekly tasks. Occasionally I might include a private post which may contain specific information which is directly related to one of the upcoming assignments.

In his work, Creme (2005) concludes that a mix of formative and summative assessment might best suit a learning environment without loosing the scope of setting reflective tasks as part of a course. In my opinion, this looks quiet similar with the assessment strategies of courses like H808 or H807. Reflection for weekly activities is left unmarked but such reflections will be indispensable to build forthcoming assignment.

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