Using ‘Reflective Pairs’ To Engage Learners

Reflective Pairs is a time limited approach to enable greater student connection and reflection in online teaching environments.
Nov 2, 2022
2 November 2022 at 13:00-13:30 (PT), 14:00-14:30 (MT), 15:00-15:30 (CT), 16:00-16:30 (ET), 20:00-20:30 (GMT) /3 November at 07:00-07:30 (AEST).

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It’s easy for students of online learning programs to disappear behind their screens and only contribute what is required to complete their course work – this is problematic because learning, especially for the topics I teach (Service and Strategic Design) is inherently social. The learning unit is two or more people, rather than one person learning for and by themself.

Reflective Pairs is a way of setting students regular learning tasks where they are paired with someone – there are two roles in this exercise, sharer, and questioner. One asks a question (supplied by the facilitator for that week) and probes for the other student's answers...only one question is used, and the exercise helps students to think about what that topic means to them...both take a turn as the sharer and questioner and everything is completed within 20-30 minutes. The dividend from this is that students get better at developing their own perspectives and learn to learn with others, something that is incredibly important in online learning contexts.

Morgan is a Principal Designer at Meld Studios, with a background in psychotherapy, systems thinking, organisational development and change management. He is also an online facilitator for Curio, Australia.