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Learning networks to enhance reflectivity: key elements for the design of a reflective network

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11010032

  • Received: 15 December 2012
  • Accepted: 15 May 2013
  • Published:


The benefits of reflective practice for professionals who deal with complex settings have been widely reported. Similarly, different types of learning networks (LNs) are emerging as a promising alternative to support lifelong learning. This article addresses the topic of how LNs can be used to support reflective professional practice and, furthermore, contribute to the development of reflectivity in individuals and groups of learners. As the starting point of an ongoing research study, a provisional model for the design of a reflective network (RN) is presented here. An RN is a type of LN that includes additional features to foster the development of reflective capabilities. This article includes a description of a reflective process model, a list of reflective capabilities, a group of key elements for the pedagogical support system for an RN, and some reflections on the challenges of implementing this model and investigating its effectiveness.


  • reflective practice
  • reflectivity
  • learning networks
  • lifelong learning