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Reflection as Learning and Assessment

June 1, 2017

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The seminar will be a half-day in length. Dr Moon will first give a plenary lecture on what is reflective learning and assessment. This will be followed by Ms Burns talking the participants through a case study on her use of reflective learning as an assessment tool in her Child Law class. She has undertaken with ethical approval from the University of Limerick a pre and post course student survey on the utilization of these methods in class. The findings from this study will be presented to the seminar participants. Three students from Ms Burns’s class will also provide short presentations on how they as students felt about using reflective learning as an assessment tool. These talks will then by followed by a workshop led by Dr Moon who has spent over twenty years giving workshops to academics on how to use reflective learning and assessment methods. There will be ample time also for questions and discussion during the talks and workshop. This idea was conceived as a result of Ms Burns choosing to adopt to use reflective learning as an assessment tool in one of her classes. Her students had never studied in University in this way before and she has learnt many beneficial lessons about the benefits of this style of learning as assessment and would like to encourage more academics in the Arts and Humanities in UL to consider using these methods in their classes to facilitate students in becoming more engaged and independent learners.

Learning Outcomes

1. To provide an understanding of reflective learning and assessment to academics in the Arts and Humanities who may have never utilised this very beneficial method in their classes before.
2. To provide first hand accounts to other academics on the benefits and challenges of seeing reflective learning as both a learning mechanism and an assessment tool from the perspective of a leading practitioner in the area, from a lecturer who has just begun using these methods and students who have just been introduced to these methods.
3. Tracing how reflective learning helps students to engage with the material/issues on their own terms.
4. Exploring how reflective learning and assessment can lead to more engaged students who become more aware of world issues and capable of independent study/thought on issues and providing possible solutions to problems in society today.
5. Providing academics with the resources to feel comfortable in allowing students to be responsible for their own learning through reflective practices in the classroom.

Target Audience

Teaching staff in the Department of Arts and Humanities: Law, Politics and Public Administration, History, Sociology, Culture and Communication and Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics in the University of Limerick.


There will be a mixed format. A plenary lecture will be given by internationally recognised pioneer in reflective teaching and assessment Dr Jenny Moon. This will be followed by a case study presentation by Ms Norah Burns on her recent Child Law Seminar Series which utilised reflective teaching and assessment methods. Norah’s case study will be accompanied by short presentations from three students who partook in the Child Law Series. They will discuss from a student’s perspective what they found useful or what could be improved on in relation to reflective learning and assessment in a third Level Arts and Humanities classroom. The event will finish with a workshop being lead by Dr Moon who has over twenty years experience in leading workshops on reflective learning and assessment around the world.


Norah Burns


University of Limerick
University of Limerick
Limerick, Limerick Ireland
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