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Learning Module: Critical Reflection


6 open-access lessons

Time commitment

2 – 3 hours





Critical reflection asks students to bridge knowledge and experience through metacognition. In doing so, critical reflection challenges students to reconsider their previously held beliefs, conventions, and values. It is essential for guiding, deepening, and documenting experiential learning (Ash & Clayton, 2009).  

This online module was developed to introduce the use of critical reflection to faculty and staff. This includes but is not limited to university professors, course instructors and co-curricular staff.  

You will be able to

  • Identify the value of critical reflection as a tool for facilitating specific learning outcomes from experiential learning opportunities

  • Design critical reflection prompts that enhance extant experiential learning opportunities

  • Create authentic assessment tools for evaluating critical reflection assignments

  • Apply critical reflection principles and practices to digital spaces

In this module, you will find: 

  • 3 videos
  • 3 worksheets
  • Templates
  • Reflection questions
  • Additional resources


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Lesson 1: Why critical reflection?

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Lesson 2: Designing critical reflection assignments

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Lesson 3: Confronting discomfort and subjectivity

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Lesson 4: Critical reflection prompts

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Lesson 5: Critical reflection assessment

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Lesson 6: Digital critical reflection


Kara Loy

Educational Development Consultant
(Experiential Learning & Undergraduate Research)

Rachel Huh

Research Assistant

Designed and developed by:

Jessica Snow

Communications & Marketing Manager

Alix Redmond

Digital Content Specialist