Literature has shown that critical thinking enhances the learning process and that reflective practices enhance critical thinking. Together, better connections and meaning can be drawn from course materials and subjects, leading to enhanced understanding and a more satisfying learning experience for students.
For Grand Valley State University Professor Michael Ricco the use of Video Reflective Journals or “VRJs”, as he and his students like to call them, can easily bridge this gap. Offering faculty a better understanding of individual student needs and interests while providing students with a lifelong learning artifact that they can continuously return to for inspiration, the “VRJ” model has proven to be a valuable tool for both teacher and student.
To learn more about Video Reflective Journals, including an overview of the student survey data collected by Professor Ricco, plan on attending the 15th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium on Wednesday, March 23, from 1-4pm in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University.