The Reflect! platform organizes activities and collaboration in teams of about four students in a way that realizes a particular strategy to approach problems such as how to regulate micro-targeting in social media or technologies like artificial intelligence in education or the engineering of the Earth’s climate (find a list of those “wicked problems” here).
This strategy becomes visible in a variety of “work plans” that guide students through activities such as problem framing, stakeholder analysis, and the creation of a consensus proposal that might satisfy all stakeholders. A work plan structures the work in a class. Each class can have many teams. While each team works on its own problem, the work of all teams is synchronized by the work plan. Depending on the work plan, projects can last from four to fourteen team meetings.
Currently available work plans can be seen after registration. When you create a class or a project, you have to select one of these work plans. After selecting a work plan, you can select “modules” that are available in this particular work plan and enter dates for activities and deliverables.
Later, it will also be possible to create your own work plans and modules and make them available for others to use.
Reflect! can be used for:
- Problem-based (distance) learning: Small teams work on a wicked problem without needing facilitators
- Debate teams
- Negotiation training
- Professional proposal development
- Stakeholder deliberation
- Team science research