Reflective Journal or Logbook

Reflective learning is used to describe methods where performance, experience and feedback is used by the student to improve their study skills and performance, apply their evolving knowledge and experience to future assessments and to support their personal development throughout their programme of study. A reflective assessment is a formative process through which students can experience the assessment as a part of learning rather than as a separate evaluative process. Emphasis is placed on the students evaluating their learning and progress within a critical and contextual framework.

A Journal could be used be used to record and demonstrate the development of a student’s knowledge, understanding or progress over a set period. This could include a collection of evidence of achievements, examples of skills and knowledge developed, reflections and/or a diary of activities.

A Logbook could be used to record achievements, knowledge and understanding during regular laboratory or workshop sessions and may be used to record placement activities. It could include the record of the experiment or workshop activity, feedback on performance, a development plan, along with the student’s reflection on the activity.

A Reflective Journal or Logbook will demonstrate a student’s ability to:

  • Take ownership and become independent learners
  • Foster problem solving and observational skills
  • To be reflective
  • To engage critically and analytically
  • Articulate the skills developed throughout the assessment


Digital Education Case Study | Student Created Information Videos on Infection Control | Clare Miller 

Dr Clare Miller engages students with public health topics, challenging their communication skills through producing short videos.  The activity builds presentation and communication skills in a digital age.  Students make use of various video editing software and submit their formal assignments via Panopto.