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Enhancing Reflective Practices with AI

Reflection is a key component of experiential learning, what role might new technologies play in enhancing this process?

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Presenter: Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Co-director University Innovation Fellows, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (
Moderator: Reuben Thiessen, Project Management Specialist, Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Recording of the Session

View Presentation Here.

Central Questions:

  • How can AI tools support reflective thinking for learners and professionals? 
  • In what ways does AI intersect with design abilities and mindsets to enhance the creative process behind reflection?
  • What are the practical applications of AI in our daily reflective practices, and how can we integrate them effectively?

Key Quotes:

“Reflection is one of those suitcase words…that contains such a variety of meanings packed into them.” – Leticia (7:49)  

“Reflection is a whole body process. Transforming experience into meaning to shape the future.” – Leticia (08:46)

“There should be rules of engagement which…should be part of whenever we are using an AI tool.” – Leticia (14:20)


Using AI-tools in the reflection process:

  • Can provide prompts to encourage deeper reflection on experiences
  • Allows externalization of thinking through conversations
  • Can analyze reflections to identify themes and insights

It is important to be mindful of both the benefits and limitations of the tools:

  • May push toward productivity rather than meaningful reflection
  • Quality is dependent on thoughtfulness of user input
  • Helps make invisible thinking visible for assessment