A discussion activity where students can post regular (daily, weekly, etc.) entries to reflect on their learning.


Reflection is an excellent exercise to develop competence by employing metacognitive strategies of diagnostic reasoning, decision making, critical analysis, and self-examination.

When this works well

Reflection (reflective practice) would work well to help learners process the alignment of knowledge transfer/learning style to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs.


QM: 3.5, 5.2, 5.4, 6.2

UDL: 9.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4

Instructions for Learners and Faculty

Reflection can be a powerful tool that provides insight into your learning and should be included as part of a self-assessment. In this course, there are many examples, ideas, and options for you to draw upon as you consider the design of your online course.

This is your opportunity to connect this module to your own course design.

Post a reflection in text, video, infographic, image, etc. that addresses the following:

  1. What were the 3 (or more) new things you learned this week?
  2. What were 2 (or more) things you already knew?
  3. What is 1 (or more) thing you are still confused about?

Note: This forum is set up so it is only visible to you and your facilitator. None of your colleagues will see what you post here.

Grading Criteria

Each weekly reflection is worth 5 points.





Your response to the weekly prompt is posted on time.



There are clear connections between this course and thoughts, ideas about the design of your online course.



Your response reflects a movement towards elevating your future practice.


Total points possible for your reflection



Reflection prompts:

SUBJECT: American Revolution Reflection

The three new things I learned from this lesson were (1) the American Revolution was actually a world war, (2) native Americans actually fought on the British side, and (3) Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin established alliances in Europe to help win the war.

The two things I already know about the American Revolution were (1) George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and (2) the war officially started near Boston on April 19, 1775.

The one thing I am still confused about is why only 40 – 45% of them supported the rebellion and 15 – 20% opposed the revolution and remained loyal to the British Crown. Why didn’t the rebellion have more support in the colonies? What made some people remain loyal to the crown when they were so heavily taxed and were not represented in the British parliament?


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