The above infographic was created by one of my PIDP 3250 classmates Donna Ferguson. Donna teaches in the clinical setting for dental hygiene, therefore, learning logs are a way for her students to demonstrate their learning and are a pertinent component to the courses she teaches. Donna does a great job of explaining the uses of learning logs, best practices to follow, identifying the pros and cons of utilizing this teaching tool, and sharing the roles of both the instructor and students in the learning log process.
Elizabeth Barkley, in Student Engagement Techniques, shares that “this [technique] helps students take responsibility for their learning and practice the skills necessary to become independent, self-directed learners. It can also provide them with the insights necessary to ensure that they are working in their optimal challenge zone.” (2010, p. 324).
I have utilized a form of learning logs when teaching within the clinical setting in nursing. These are a useful tool in teaching students to become critical thinkers, reflective practitioners, and share their insights on the learning opportunities they have experienced. Learning logs allow instructors to gain insight into their students learning and assess their ability to critically reflect on their clinical experiences. Critical reflection is an extremely important aspect of learning as it is allows the learners to continually work on improving their practice by learning from past experiences. I would recommend utilizing this student engagement technique within your classroom.
Barkley, E.F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass