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Keeping a learning journal is one way to reflect on your learning. In each module of this course you will be asked to pause and reflect upon what you have learned.

Questions/prompts that you may see and want to include in your journal include:
  • I was surprised about…
  • The most important thing I have learned is…
  • I would like further explanation on….
  • I am going to commit to….
  • I need to learn more about…

What is a learning journal?

A learning journal is a tool that can help you to keep a record of useful information, links and ideas from a course, or from your work and life in general. For this course it is entirely optional, but it could prove to be very useful in keeping your thoughts and reflections in one place to refer to after the course has finished.

What do I use it for?

Just like a diary, you can make notes in your journal on a regular basis. You might want to include:

  • one key thing you have learnt that you would like to keep track of to apply to your work
  • a question you have
  • something you want to research further
  • an idea you have picked up from someone else in the course
  • a link or video that you want to look at or refer back to later

Where do I write it?

You can keep a journal of your learning and reflections on this course by hand, or digitally (online or offline). You can use free online tools such as:

When should I use it?

Ideally keep your notepad or app open, you can make notes whenever you come across something useful in the course.

At the end of each activity, there is a reflection step where we will ask you questions to help you to reflect on your learning from that piece of the course. You can engage with these in the comments, but also in your journal.

Is it compulsory?

Absolutely not! The same goes for commenting within the course. It is up to you how you make the most of this learning opportunity. You might choose to reflect in another way, without writing anything, or by sharing your reflections on the relevant step of the course.

Lets Discuss

Have you used a learning journal before? How do you choose to reflect on your work?
Do you have any tips or tricks for other learners? Maybe some tools you use in your classroom?

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