Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


Communications and Multimedia, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications


This article was originally published as: McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J. (2003).Can reflective and executive control skills be fostered online?. In G.Crisp, D.Thiele, I.Scholten, S.Barker and J.Baron (Eds), Interact, Integrate, Impact: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Adelaide, 7-10 December 2003. Original article available here


One of the crises facing the professions is the scepticism surrounding the nature of professional knowledge and whether individuals can cope with the increased complexity of society and the changing demands of the workplace. In order to develop these skills students need to be able to reflect on their learning experiences, integrate them with prior knowledge, self-evaluate and develop decision-making and planning processes. The development of reflexivity is presented in the context of an online tertiary unit where students proceed through the cycle of action, reflection, planning and abstract conceptualisation by engaging in a range of collaborative tasks including peer assessment and problem solving.