Loyola University Chicago

Learning Portfolio Program

Center for Experiential Learning

Critical Reflection

Critical Reflection

The most important aspect of a learning portfolio is critical reflection. For each learning artifact students select, they are to "curate" those items by reflecting on their experiences. Critical reflection goes beyond articulating a student's experience. It allows students to take a step back to make meaning of their experiences and how their context and identities shape the lens in which they interpret their experiences. Critical reflection occurs within the past, present, and future actions, and it allows students to connect their experiences both within the classroom and beyond. 

Below is a helpful three-step critical reflection process faculty can use to create critically reflective assignments and prompts for students. 

Faculty can also download a Critical Reflection Guide that can be used as a worksheet for students to understand how to critically reflect.