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Use Case: Using Assignments for Reflective Activities

Using Assignments for Reflective Activities

You can use assignments for more formal reflection based activities that promote meta-cognition and self reflection. Using assignments instead of a portfolio means a staff member is always able to view and, if needed, assess the reflective activities.

Reflection activities are great for virtually every industry – from reflecting on feedback, a piece of work or presentation, to reflecting on your performance over the past year,

Text Submission

Image of text submission folders inside the new learner experience. Shows all previous submissions in a blog format with date stamps for each submission.
Text submissions as blogs

Text submissions are more formal than merely asking for a private reflection, but as they are assignments, you can provide guidance through rubrics as well as instructions to scaffold them.

If you use the new content experience, they can even replicate blogging (as shown in the image), although they can still essentially blog if you keep using the text submissions in other experiences.


Image of a rubric, each criteria is a diary entry, with only 1 level for feedback
Use a rubric to grade each diary entry

In the classroom, if you’re getting students to write a diary in physical form, you can easily provide feedback via a rubric (criteria for each entry) on an on paper assignment, or alternatively take a picture and put them into students’ portfolios.

Video Assignments

Vlogging is quite popular now – think about the rise of YouTubers. However, using individual video assignments you can encourage users to ‘vlog’ about feedback or activities they’ve done as a sort of self assessment.

With reflection activities, you may not want to grade them numerically, so use select box grades to represent completion e.g. “completed” or “done”.

As much as reflective activities are very personal, there is a growing desire for marking to be less biased which is why we have information on how you can do anonymous marking.


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