Online reflection journals: Learning through assessment

Magdeleine D.N. Lew, Henk G. Schmidt

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Abstract

The present study was conducted to investigate the extent to which students believe that journal writing contributes to improving their learning. The research was conducted at a post-secondary institution which organises its curriculum around principles of problembased learning, and in which students have to reflect on their learning daily. In the particular curriculum, reflection journals form a part of the daily assessment. To that end, a questionnaire was developed containing statements derived from the literature, about the effects of journal writing on students' learning. It was then pilot-tested on a group of second- year students (n = 327). Analyses of the data collected showed that students were able to identify the four latent constructs underlying the 15-item questionnaire, as indicated by the fit of the hypothesised model. Construct reliability values of the four scales gave evidence of good reliability in terms of internal consistency. Correlation coefficients computed for the questionnaire scales were positively correlated and statistically significant. Students, who believed that journal writing enables them to think and write reflectively, agreed that frequent journal writing improves their learning. These students are also more likely to use their journals as a tool to manage the impressions of their facilitators, and to feedback about the contributions of their peers towards team work. These findings suggest that the use of online reflection journals provides many opportunities for students to reflect on their learning. Facilitators can also monitor students' progress through their reflections, and to provide specific, detailed feedback to aid students in their learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2007
Pages578-582
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: 2 Dec 20075 Dec 2007

Publication series

SeriesASCILITE 2007 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Conference

Conference24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007
Country/TerritorySingapore
Period2/12/075/12/07

Research programs

  • ESSB PSY

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