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Drop Everything and Reflect!


Who else remembers DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) from their school experience… Okay, you can all put your hands down now! DEAR can be more than Drop Everything and Read, it can also Drop Everything and Reflect.

The reflection process solidifies learning, give facilitators a gateway into learner's understanding, as well as, teaches others and invites a continued conversation about the content at hand. 

John Dewey is quoted as saying, “We don’t learn from experiences, we learn from reflecting on experiences.”


There are many great options to have learners reflect on their learning, especially those when you amplify them with Asynchronous Collaboration through reciprocal reflection and peer feedback.

  1. Schoology Discussions allow learners to post a reflection on a given question(s), while allowing others in the course to respond and reflect on the explanation of learning. (Remember that you can hide learner replies from one another until an original submission has been made!) 
  2. Blogs are a great opportunity for creating a learning portfolio where learners track, express understanding and reflect on their learning. 
  3. QR Codes can also be used to help facilitate reflection discussions, you can read how in this post from Tony Vincent!
There are so many benefits including boosting the 4 Cs that businesses and University look for, increasing our level on SAMR, boosting learner engagement to name a few. There are also many other ways to reflect online. If you have a way to facilitate reflection, put it in the comments below this post and share with the community because we're all in this together!

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