Seattle University


Seattle University has long-valued the use of reflection as an essential part of learning as evidenced by the fact that nearly sixty-percent of our full-time engineering faculty use reflection in their courses. This Field Guide represents activities that were developed by faculty from a variety of departments ranging from chemistry to mathematics to the various engineering disciplines. These activities can provide meaningful (and memorable) learning experiences for students that can contribute to their academic knowledge, career planning or to a broader understanding of themselves.


1. Learning from Notable Scientists’ Field Notebooks
In the beginning of the term, an educator used field notebooks from notable scientists to prepare students to maintain useful field notebooks.  more…   PDF

2. Privilege Walk
At the mid-term of a core civil engineering course, students reflect on their individual privilege and discuss with classmates how it may influence engineering designs.  more…   PDF

3. Synthesizing Your College Experience
Students reflected on their college experience as mathematics majors in a senior synthesis course.  more…   PDF

4. Debriefing Weekly Quizzes
Students immediately reflected on the difficult concepts included on their weekly quizzes.  more…   PDF

5. Advising++
Students consider their academic plan, professional goals, and personal well-being in an advising meeting.  more…   PDF

6. Two-minute Reflections
Students reflected on the lecture and shared with each other what they learned and what remained unclear.  more…   PDF

7. Oral Reviews in Mathematics
Prior to the regularly scheduled course exam, students volunteered to participate in an oral review of the course material.  more…   PDF

8. An Undergraduate Reflection
Senior level students reflected on their undergraduate experience and connected it to their values and future goals.  more…   PDF

9. Filling in the Gap
Students created ePortfolios to share with alumni to receive feedback.   more…   PDF

10. Financing Life
After reading a unique book selection, students reflect on their personal financial habits.  more…   PDF