Self-reflection and self-disclosure in online learning: Seminar – 25 September 2018

As a teacher, have you ever wondered “how personal is too personal”?

Reflective learning is highly valued in tertiary education. Nonetheless, prompting personal self-reflection within an online, collaborative learning environment introduces additional risks that may not be well-addressed by teaching teams. Join CRADLE Fellow Dr Kate Anderson as she discusses practical considerations for supporting student self-reflection and considers the controversial practice of teacher self-reflection.

When?2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Tuesday 25 September 2018
Where?Deakin Downtown – Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne (Collins Square). Online and on-campus options are also available
Catering?Afternoon tea will be provided
Cost?This is a free event
Register?Register here!

Research across a number of fields suggests that deep reflection (e.g., that involving the externalisation, internalisation or extrapolation of knowledge to/from experience) is a challenging skill for tertiary education students to attain on their own. Despite this, there is a lack of consensus around the best practices for supporting and teaching personal self-reflection online, especially within collaborative forums. This CRADLE seminar presents emerging knowledge about online self-reflective practices, drawn from international literature as well as interviews conducted with unit chairs across Deakin’s Faculty of Health.

In this seminar Kate will explore several practical considerations for encouraging and supporting self-reflection by students, in both individual and collaborative settings. She will also map the practice of teacher self-reflection, including the potential risks and benefits of this controversial practice. Session participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practices and identify opportunities where self-reflection may intersect with key threshold concepts in their subjects or discipline. This session will highlight the need to explicitly support reflective learning for online students, including the potential roles of teacher self-disclosure and reflective modelling in this process. It will also raise awareness of some unique considerations around digital literacy, technology, privacy, culture, and rapport between students and their teachers.

Photograph of Dr Kate AndersonKate is a lecturer in Disability and Inclusion in the School of Health and Human Development at Deakin University. Kate’s research interests focus on capacity building and adult learning across the disability sector, including the preparation of future practitioners though online education. During her CRADLE fellowship, Kate has been exploring the use of self-disclosure by teachers and students in the online learning environment. She is currently conducting an intervention study to determine the effect of strategic teacher self-disclosure on students’ reflective learning practices.

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