Learning doesn’t stop after the course, or I hope not. As instructors or course developers, we would all like to see students and graduates develop a lifelong interest in learning. Learning is, after all, best when it’s endless and looping. No end is set. Yet, learners’ busy schedules often get in the way of continuing education. It is not always clear how to revisit important topics or ideas. The process of growing one’s knowledge post-course may need to be scaffolded.
One way to support learners’ continued education after the course ends—or even after graduation—is providing a reflection tool. Reflection Tools offer self-coaching prompts that allow learners to meet their own learning needs. They also let individuals work on reflection at their own pace. They are designed for learners with limited time. A reflection tool can take some effort to develop, but the results are worth it. It’s a thoughtful parting gift to give students when your formal time together ends.
Strengths and Needs Assessment
To start designing a reflection tool, we first need to assess the cohort’s strengths, needs, and guiding values….