Reflection as part of the experiential learning cycle

The authors of the LEAP Vision for Learning (2011) report state:

Student success in college cannot be documented – as it usually is – only in terms of enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment. These widely used metrics, while important, miss entirely the question of whether students who have placed their hopes for the future in higher education are actually achieving the kind of learning they need for life, work, and citizenship. . . . In the twenty-first century, the world itself is setting very high expectations for knowledge and skill.

From jobs and community volunteer positions to hobbies, athletics and student groups, students today are constantly learning and forming connections between what they learn in the classroom with what they learn outside of it.

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Standardized “bubble tests,” which test only students’ rote learning of facts, don’t allow students to connect the disparate ideas they learn in all aspects of their lives. The foundation for life-long learning and success, rich and varied learning experiences play a critical role in today’s culture where the innovations we take for granted – such as video chatting, paying for merchandise using our smartphones, and hybrid vehicles – didn’t exist even ten years ago.

ePortfolios capture all the ways in which students learn into a single curated environment. Educators use ePortfolios to both teach and inculcate learning-by- doing, documenting and reflecting.

Benefits of ePortfolios

  • Personalized learning experiences
  • Ability to draw connections between learning experiences inside and outside the classroom
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills
  • Ability to assess learning outcomes
  • Insight into how students experienced your course and curriculum

Looking to introduce portfolios at your school?  Sign up for a free demo and be the first to see our new Pathbrite for Institutions features before they launch on September 18th. Find out how Pathbrite’s Course Reports help educators showcase curriculum effectiveness, and learn how Course Templates help facilitate student reflection.


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