Often times your instructor will provide a reflection prompt. Other times, however, they might simply ask you to reflect on a task, submitted work, a group project, etc. Here are a some prompts to guide you through a reflection.
Reflection Prompts – Ask yourself:
- Why did you include this artifact in your ePortfolio?
- What strategies did you use to design and complete this project? Why did you choose these strategies over others?
- How would you describe this project, event, or assignment to your friends?
- What did you learn (skills and knowledge) from the project, event, or assignment?
- How are you able to apply what you discovered and learned to other areas of your life? What about this assignment/program was useful for you?
- What was your favorite aspect of this project, event, or assignment?
- What risks did you take with this project, event, or assignment?
- What problems did you encounter?
- If you could do it over again, what would you do differently or change?
- What would you like to learn further about this subject, discipline, or professional field?
- What elements of this assignment or program demonstrate your strengths and/or talents? How?
- What elements of this assignment or program challenged you demonstrate areas of improvement or areas that need further improvement?
There are also categorical prompts.
Summative Reflections answer questions such as:
- In what ways have you improved as a writer/artist/scientist/etc.? What brought about those improvements? Point to specific experiences, readings, assignments, or discussions in this course.
- What was your biggest accomplishment in the course? How did the signature assignment and other course elements help you reach it? Be specific.
- What skills did you master in this course? How are they reflected in the signature assignment and other course work? Be specific.
Process Reflections answer questions such as:
- What problems did you encounter in completing the signature assignment? How did you troubleshoot them, if you did?
- Talk about the aims and strategies that led to the completion of your assignment. How did your thinking about it evolve over time (point to specific experiences while working on the assignment)? How did the assignment evolve (or not evolve) with your thinking (again, point to specific experiences) about it? What went according to plan and what surprises did you encounter? What still needs work?
- Outline the steps you took to complete the signature assignment, and tell me about your thinking at each step.
Evaluative Reflections answer questions such as:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your signature assignment? Explain while making specific references to your work.
- Discuss your best work for the course and explain why it's your best. Be specific.
Reflection on Learning Reflections answer questions such as:
- Make connections between what you studied in this course with what you've learned in other courses at UAA or before. Make specific references to your work in this class and in the other courses. How did what you learn in the other courses enhance what you learned in here, and vice versa?
- Take a look at UAA's courses: GER-Poster-Final.pdf. Note that while no specific course helps students move towards achieving all of those outcomes, each Gen Ed course is supposed to help you make progress in achieving as many of those outcomes as are relevant to the course. Making specific references to your work in this course, tell me how you have progressed toward achieving at least three of those outcomes.
- Reflect on how you thought about (course topic) before you took this course and how you think about it now that the course is over. Have any of your assumptions or understandings charged? Why? What assignments/activities/readings were influential in this process? How will you approach (course topic) differently in the future?
These prompts are courtesy of Salt Lake Community College. You can find more information at www.slccreflection.weebly.com.