Chapter 4. PHASE 2 OF THE R2D2 MODEL: Reflective and Observational Learners

Once learners have acquired content or ideas from discussions, e-books, online articles, podcasts, videostreamed lectures, and other sources, it is vital that they reflect on such activities. Online reflection is often promoted as one of the key advantages of online learning; especially when using asynchronous or delayed (that is, anywhere, anytime) conferencing for discussion. When learners can contribute to an online discussion or activity at their convenience, they have an opportunity to think more deeply about an idea and for a longer time period. The online discussion forum in the Web of Learning will still be there for them later in the day or at sunrise tomorrow. ...

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