Reflective practice and portfolios


What is reflective practice.

“We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.” (Dewey, 1933)

Reflective Practice allows users to look back upon their own experiences, reflect upon decisions made and adjust their actions accordingly to engage in a process of constant learning.

Why it’s important?

Reflecting upon our experiences allows us to gain a deeper understanding, and add meaning, to our lives. Reflective Practice is associated with learning that occurs through experience and is an activity that helps us make sense of situations, allowing us to learn from them and develop our way of thinking. When we reflect upon our experiences, we are able to explore our thoughts and feelings and work through an experience in an attempt to gain fresh insights into a situation.

How portfolios might help.

An ePortfolio can be used to support both personal and professional development, as a tool for reflective assessment or as a way of simply collating useful artifacts in one easy to manage area. Blackboard’s ePortfolio tool initially creates a private area for the user but all portfolios can be shared with others, if the creator wishes to do so.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) also recommend that a record of professional development activity be kept to ensure fellows remain in good standing. The ePortfolio tool would allow the user to keep a personal record of their PDP which is easily accessible and manageable.

Further information on USW’s core ePortfolio tool can be found on the USW TEACH Channel Blackboard Portfolio page.

How CELT can help.

CELT can work with you to gain the essential skills needed to develop ePortfolios as a personal or teaching tool. We can offer bespoke workshops for large groups or 1:1 guidance via our weekly drop-in sessions.