BUS 850 Business Communications
Critical Reflection Forum
The final component of Community Service Learning Project is to complete a self-reflection. Critical reflection is one of the most important parts of the learning process. When you answer each of the questions, use the ‘DEAL’ model to explain your response. Take the time to think about the work that you did; how did you manage the priorities for this project? How did you split the work with your team group? Or, did you end up doing all the work for your group? Be honest with your feedback. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about your participation in this CSL project.
Students will write an essay between 5-1000 words in length. They will use the questions below and knowledge of essay structure to complete this activity. Students are advised to write an introduction and then use the three sub-sections to answer questions in a paragraph format with a conclusion to finish. APA referencing must be used in all cases.
“DEAL” stands for:
Describe the experience (objectively in some detail): answer the questions of who, what, where, when, why and how.
Examine the experience: what were the objectives of the activity? Did you achieve them? What could be done differently or better?
Articulate Learning: I learned that… ; I learned this when…; This learning matters …; In light of this learning…
The reflection questions are built into three categories. They are: understanding social issues, personal insight and cognitive development.
100 words: Introduction
The aim of the writing
What you will talk about
An introduction to the topic
250 words: Understanding Social Issues
Why is learning about local grass roots organizations an important part of helping other people in your community?
Why is the work of the Nightwind Treatment Centre important?
How does Nightwind Treatment centre directly benefit the Edmonton community?
What group of people does NWTC support?
Do you think this project has helped these people?
250 words: Personal Insight
Did you find anything in your research that resonated with you or that you will be able to apply to your own life?
How do you think you were able to add value to your working group?
What would you have liked to differently if you were to do this type of activity again?
What did you enjoy about this project? What could be changed?
250 words: Cognitive Development
What skills and abilities do you think helped you with your group work?
What skills or knowledge do you need to learn in order to better in this type of activity?
How can you take what you have learned and apply it in future?
What was the biggest challenge working in a group?
How did you overcome those challenges?
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