Newcastle University Reflection Toolkit
A responsive, web-based portal and reflection toolkit developed with Newcastle University, allowing users to reflect on activities against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
We really enjoyed the process of working with Komodo to develop the Reflection Toolkit. They worked with us to really understand what we were trying to achieve; used their expertise to shape the technical elements; and ensured that the final product was clean, accessible, and user-friendly, whilst still delivering the important developmental aspects we wanted.
Dr Rosa Spencer
Professional Development Manager, Newcastle University
Alongside UX designs, accessibility was a key requirement for the portal. As standard, all of our platforms comply with DDA regulations and WAI guidelines and can be viewed effectively with a variety of assistive devices. All Komodo websites work to a minimum of ‘A’ WAI standard and higher if required. In this case, the Reflection Toolkit is a marked level ‘A’ with features such as providing screen reader text where appropriate and clear outlines when navigating through the elements.
The end result is a portal which, when logged in, features a responsive dashboard and allows the staff to have a visual representation of their progress in one place to better digest and understand their development. This information is pulled through from individual event entries, such as attending workshops, teaching or supervising and delivering presentations. The ‘Log Event’ feature is an important one, allowing the users to pick the event type, date, their primary role, learning technologies and a ‘thought cloud’ for a more descriptive recall of the event.
The events can then be reflected on in greater detail, with added learning points and evidence gathering as prompted through open questions. Crucially, the next stage for the user is to map the new event to the relevant dimension(s) of the UKPSF framework. Once saved, this data is fed back to the dashboard and a percentage of all activity allocated to the listed dimensions.
The most important feedback of all is that from the users themselves. We were so pleased, then, that the user feedback provided by Newcastle University came back overwhelmingly positive.
- 100% of respondents found the toolkit useful in guiding the process of reflection
- 100% felt the toolkit was useful in seeing how their activities mapped to the UKPSF.
- Over 90% felt that the ‘thought cloud’ concept was a useful way of reminding them about events.
- Over 90% felt that the toolkit was helpful in collating activities relating to learning and teaching.
- Using the toolkit gave ALL respondents a positive attitude towards reflection, and a positive motivation to reflect.
- More than 8 out of 10 would continue to use the toolkit.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with the project team from Newcastle University in bringing the toolkit to life. Throughout development ideas have been challenged, elements have been improved for the better and a great working relationship has been created. It’s always promising to leave a project open to continuous expansion and development, and we believe the toolkit as an MVP has only just touched on it’s potential as a self-development tool.
Cost-effective, minimum viable product
Easy logging of activities and habitual use
100% of respondents found the toolkit useful in guiding the process of reflection