Encouraging our students to be reflective not only allows us to determine the effectiveness of our teaching, but it also gives us a glimpse into their thinking and connections they have made with the content. For each of my eCourses I try to develop a reflective activity using the tool that has been the focus of the course. The one that I have started using in my Google Sheets and Forms course is definitely one of my favorite.
- All of my participants complete a form with reflective questions.
- Once everyone has completed the form, I then share the response sheet(when using a Google Form all responses are collected in a Google Sheet) so that anyone with the link can comment. This ensures that no one adjusts any one else’s responses, but it still allows for interaction.
- Participants then go to the sheet with all of the responses, read all of the responses, and use the commenting feature to leave questions and feedback for one another.
I so enjoy this activity, not only does it show me what participants have taken away from the eCourse itself but I can actually watch participants making connections to each other and the content of the course.