Topic 4: Creating opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and set goals using digital technologies

Use online discussion forums to have students reflect on their learning

Online discussion forums can be a great way for students to reflect on their learning. Teachers can create discussion prompts that encourage students to think about their learning, such as:

  • What did you learn from this week’s reading?
  • What challenges did you face in completing this assignment?
  • How can you improve your performance on the next test?
  • What are your goals for the next unit?

Teachers can also use discussion forums to promote peer learning. By encouraging students to respond to each other’s posts, teachers can help students to learn from each other and to develop their critical thinking skills.

Use online journaling tools to have students set goals and track their progress

Online journaling tools can be used to help students set goals and track their progress. Teachers can create templates for students to use, or they can allow students to create their own journals.

When setting goals, students should consider the following:

  • What do I want to achieve?
  • Why is this goal important to me?
  • What steps do I need to take to achieve this goal?
  • By when do I want to achieve this goal?

Students can use their journals to track their progress towards their goals. They can write about the steps they have taken, the challenges they have faced, and what they have learned.

Salto training and cooperation research centre. (2021, January, 18). How to support reflection on learning [YouTube Video].

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Gatewood, K. (2018, June 20). 3 design tips to improve an online discussion forum. eLearning Industry.

Use online assessment tools to provide students with feedback on their learning

Online assessment tools can be used to provide students with feedback on their learning. This feedback can help students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to set goals for themselves.

When providing feedback, teachers should focus on the following:

  • What did the student do well?
  • What areas does the student need to improve?
  • How can the student improve their performance?

Teachers should also encourage students to reflect on the feedback they receive. Students can use their journals to write about the feedback they have received, and to develop plans for improvement.

Use online portfolios to have students collect and showcase their work

Online portfolios can be used to help students collect and showcase their work. This can help students to reflect on their learning and to identify areas where they have grown and improved.

When creating portfolios, students should consider the following:

  • What work do I want to include in my portfolio?
  • Why have I chosen this work?
  • What does my work demonstrate about my learning?

Teachers can provide students with guidance on how to create portfolios, and they can review portfolios to provide feedback.

Cambridge University Press ELT.. (2020, October, 9). Cambridge secondary: Reflecting on learning. [YouTube Video].

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Braime, H. (2018, Aug.29). 5 killer online journal tools that make journaling easier and more fun. LifeHack.

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Canva. (e.d.). How to design a digital portfolio.

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Lewin, C., Smith, A., Morris, S. & Craig, E.(2019). Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning: Evidence Review. Education Endowment Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University.