Reflective Practice and UHP

A core emphasis in UHP is on providing our members continued opportunities to engage in activities that support the development of a strong reflective practice. While reflection is infused throughout the UHP curriculum through specific class activities, we also believe that a more global annual reflection is a critical aspect of building a reflective practice.

The values of developing a strong reflective practice are well documented. Reflective practice allows you to pause and think about your own perspectives and actions, the opportunity to evaluate and critically analyze these ideas and actions, and the ability to apply theory to your own practice.  It is a process of continuous learning that encourages exploration of your own assumptions and beliefs through an academic lens. It leads to modifications of behavior, new questions, and unique solutions to problems. Engaging in regular reflection enhances creative thinking skills, encourages agentive learning, and helps develop self-awareness and a better understanding of others.

UHP Year in Review

The UHP Year in Review process provides an opportunity for members to engage in annual reflection. It is meant to encourage purposeful reflection on the past year and to help you plan for the coming year. These annual reflections will be helpful to you as a student in many ways, including providing documentation of your transformation as a learner and a person.

The Process

The Year in Review process consists of two parts that must be completed by each member no later than July 1 each year. All submission links and additional instructions can be found on the UHP Canvas site

  1. Completion of a Year in Review form to provide information on your involvement and achievements through the year.  These are simple prompts that can be answered briefly. This helps us to know more about what you are doing and prevents you from forgetting some of the great things you have done and experienced throughout the year.

  2. Upload your Year in Review reflection. The reflection may take any format you like – written (750 words or less), blog post, video, TED talk, any other creative format you would like to use. If you use a format that is not written, you must provide a brief written explanation of the reflection.

  • We have put together suggested prompts to help you get started. Consult these as you begin your reflection.
  • As you develop your reflection, make sure to go beyond the surface. Use an academic lens and critically analyze your year.
  • If you entered the program in or after Fall 2015, you will simply add your Year in Review to the Learning Portfolio you created in HONR 1700