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Reflection Paper Guidelines for Graduate Credit

In order to get graduate credit for the course, a reflection paper is required.  The format and requirements for the reflection paper are given below.  A rubric has also been developed using these criteria and organization for the paper.  Your instructor will use this rubric to assess your reflection paper should you decide to take the course for graduate credit.  

Your course reflection paper should not be a summary or report of information presented in the course.  It should be a self analysis of how your feelings and perceptions about your learning the course content, backed by evidence which demonstrates your growth throughout the course.  Reflective writing can be done in many forms.

In his book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences, L. Dee Fink, describes a hierarchy of ways in which learning can be significant in both your professional and personal life.  The criteria for the course reflection paper are adapted from Dr. Fink’s taxonomy of significant learning.  As you write your paper, reflect on the various ways in which your learning in the course was significant. Organize your reflection around the six areas of significant learning.  Be sure to include supporting evidence from the course that demonstrates your personal growth and professional development.  You should use evidence from the readings and activities, the weekly discussions, development of the final course project, and any other course experience that was significant to your learning experience.

Fink, L. Dee.  2013.  Creating Significant Learning Experiences. John Wiley and Sons.  San Francisco.  ISBN-13: 978-1118124253

Chapter 2 of the book describes this taxonomy of significant  learning.  A condensation of the chapter can be found in “Taxonomy of Significant Learning” at

Learn more at Designing Significant Learning Experiences

Organization and Content of the Reflection Paper

Foundational Knowledge     (10 points)

Application     (15 points)

Integration     (10 points)

Human Dimension     (5 points)

Caring     (5 points)

Learning How to Learn     (5 points)

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