Designing Primary Reflection Exercises

What is a Primary Reflection Exercise?

Read the student reflection description about the Primary Reflection Exercises.

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Directions for Writing a Primary Reflection Exercise

The V-Portfolio platform is a program called Canvas. There are certain elements that should be included when adding a reflection to the V-Portfolio on Canvas. Therefore, we will need the instructor/supervisor to provide the following for the students so they can incorporate these elements into what they post on their V-Portfolio.

    • Reflection Exercise Title
    • Description
      • A brief description of the reflection exercise that the student can cut and paste into their project within Canvas.
    • Compelling Questions
      • Faculty or staff are encouraged to design a compelling question (or series of questions) that encourages the student to reflect on how they are changing, or growing, or developing new skills, or being challenged, etc. in relation to the host center’s mission through their experience this semester. 
      • You are encouraged to use the reflection question suggestions on the Primary Reflection Exercises page. 
    • Creative Format
      • Faculty and staff are encouraged to design a Primary Reflection Exercise that invites students to use their creativity in reflection. 
      • Students are encouraged to display their reflection in a creative way rather than just a written reflection. Ideas: video, powerpoint, art piece, poem. 
    • Upload Reflection
      • When complete, students will upload their Primary Reflection Exercise to their V-Portfolio on Canvas.
      • Students are encouraged to link this reflection with other artifacts or projects from their learning experience that might enhance their reflection or help them tell the story of how they are changing. For example, if a student is completing an internship they might submit a video in which they tell stories of how they are growing and being challenged and they might upload a lesson plan or curriculum they created as part of their internship that they reference in their video. 

Submitting a Primary Reflection Exercise

Please submit a copy of your Primary Reflection Exercises to the V-Portfolio coordinator. As a team we will share examples of these reflections and work to improve them across the Centers of Commitment so as to align and deepen these meaningful experiences for students. 


Faculty and staff are invited to reach out to the V-Portfolio coordinator if they would like more support or clarification.