Ongoing, supported, and critical reflection is a key component of an educational practice. Experiences in and of themselves do not facilitate learning. When combined with critical reflection, we make sense of the experiences in the context of our worldviews - either supporting our pre-existing views, or potentially disrupting and eventually altering them (Brookfield, 1995; Jarvis, 2006; Mezirow, 1998; Schön, 1995).
At this time of remote online learning, it is important to intentionally embed time, space, and support for reflective practice into our lives. Reflective questions will support and guide inquiry related to our faculty identity, our beliefs, values, assumptions, and intentions about teaching and learning, and our practice of teaching in the online context.
Reflective practice is one of several dimensions of scholarly teaching and continuous improvement in educational practice. Other important dimensions include: critical inquiry, application and experimentation, and sharing with Sheridan colleagues, as well as with our local, national, and international networks and communities.
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For individuals to act as scholarly teachers, they identify questions and challenges in their teaching, become familiar with the relevant pedagogies, engage in [online learning]-centred inquiries to examine their teaching practices, and then share the results of their inquiries with others."
Take some time to pause and consider the following reflective questions as you continue to experiment, iterate, and continuously enhance the course learning experiences in the online context.
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Brookfield, S. (1995). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Cranton, P. (2006). Understanding and promoting transformative learning: A guide for educators (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Cranton, P., & Roy, M. (2003). When the bottom falls out of the bucket: Toward a holistic perspective on transformative learning. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(2), 86–92. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344603001002002
Jarvis, P. (2006). Towards a comprehensive theory of human learning: Lifelong learning and the learning society (Vol. 1). New York, NY: Routledge.
Mezirow, J., & Taylor, E. W. (2009). Transformative learning in practice: Insights from community, workplace, and higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Schön, D.A. (1995) The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. [UK: Taylor & Francis Ltd.].