This website is aimed at anyone undertaking a project, who wishes to consider how to embed ongoing reflective practice using digital and social media, throughout their project.
Many have written about the value of reflecting on our experiences as a way of developing learning further. In Project Based Learning, reflection is an integral part of it. Capturing the journey as you progress through a project is key.
Understanding why the journey is as important as the destination
However reflection doesn’t always come easy to many of us. Given the advances of technology and almost ubiquitous use of smart devices, it is timely that we consider alternative ways to capture what we are doing, thinking and learning. The Project Based Learning Toolkit is aimed not to replace the approaches that are currently adopted, but to introduce other approaches using digital and social media that may be used to enhance these. By providing choices and opportunities to experiment, individuals can then select the tools that serve them best and which will encourage reflective practice as a meaningful and valued habit rather than a chore.
The old saying you can’t eat an elephant whole, can be related to a project. Break it down into bite size chunks and it becomes more manageable. The Project Based Learning Toolkit therefore looks to provide advice for seven stages within a project lifecycle. Projects begin with a question (problem or challenge) and end with the evaluation. In between there is the planning stage, undertaking research, and the production of information or an object that represents the project. The improving stage is one that is likely to be re-visited multiple times, prior to the point where the project is presented in its final form.
You may have other stages you would wish to add or replace, so consider this as a starting point. Key to each stage of the project is engaging with feedback and in reflective practice.
Within the website there are opportunities to unpick
- what is meant by project based learning;
- why acting on feedback and engaging in reflection is valuable;
- how digital and social media can enhance the learning journey; and
- how new approaches can be linked to developing digital capabilities and employability.
Look for downloadable resources where you see this download button. These all have a Creative Commons licence and may be re-used by anyone with attribution.
Lifelong Learning Skills
As lifelong and lifewide learners, we can all learn by engaging in challenging experiences, taking up opportunities to learn and practice new skills, utilising new social spaces for creative conversations, and making time for reflection.
Jennings, C. (2016) The Power of Reflection in an Ever-Changing World.