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How can I use the Reflect element for social learning?

How can I use the Reflect element for social learning?
Written by David King
Updated 4 weeks ago

The Reflect element is a reflection and social learning element.

What are the options when creating a Reflect element?

When you add a new Reflect element you need to create questions to ask the explorer. You need only have a single question such as 'What's the #1 problem you want to address?' or 'What's been your biggest achievement so far?'.

However, you can create up to six different questions. If you create more than one question, explorers will still only be asked to answer a single question - one question will be selected at random for each explorer. This can create a variety of answers in the social learning part of this element (see below).

  • There is also a set of Default questions you can select to prepopulate six useful reflection questions to get you started or inspired.

Your only other option is to determine whether you would like the Reflect question and the explorer's answer copied to the explorer's journal after submission. This is a great option when you want to capture their response for future use or to share via their journal with other stakeholders.

Note that the use of the Reflect element requires a Creator subscription.

How does the Reflect interaction work for explorers?

When explorers reach this interaction, they will be asked one of the questions you have established in the Reflect element. They can then type their answer (which may be copied to their journal if you have selected that option).

So this is a great interaction to capture an explorer's thoughts, ideas, experiences, decisions, concerns, objectives and so on.

After answering, the explorer will see the questions and answers from the 10 most recent explorers who have already completed this activity (without the names of those explorers being shown). This gives the explorer a social learning experience. They can review the responses from other people and reflect upon their own answer. If you have used a variety of questions in Reflect, they may see that other explorers were asked different questions and therefore gave very different responses.

The Q&A element is similar to the Reflect element. Both elements ask explores to answer an open question - the difference is in the feedback to the explorer after they answer.

  • With Q&A, the explorer receives feedback from the creator. So this is a good way to keep their contributions private or use Q&A to reveal additional knowledge. Use Q&A to capture private actions or responses, or to use a 'call and response' style of learning.
  • With Reflect, the explorer can review answers from other explorers. Reflect is perfect for social learning as it allows explorers to contribute knowledge and compare to their peers. It may reinforce their thinking or challenge them with new ideas.
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