Reflection has tremendous impact on increasing self directed learning and engagement. I’ve learned to appreciate this in the PIDP program as there is a consistent them of reflective practice through assignments utilizing the focussed conversation model. I can appreciate though that this would become a frustrating exercise for those not willing to be reflective, or worse, get mired in self critique.
My classmate Donna recently did an infographic describing the benefit of Learning Logs . Learning logs are a great way to track your own progress including both accomplishment and struggles. Submitting them to your instructor can provide valuable insight into your progress and your particular areas of challenge. I can see how as an instructional technique this can be invaluable in encouraging growth as a self directed learner. I do see though that it can be time consuming an its use requires a conversation at the onset about expectations which may detract from its value.