Pre & Post Forum Workshops
Creating Reflection Activities for Engineering Education

Creating Reflection Activities for Engineering Education

Jennifer Turns, Ph.D.
Cynthia J. Atman, Ph.D.

Reflection activities offer a unique opportunity to improve learning in engineering education. The Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) is a coalition of 12 institutions from across the U.S. including 4 research universities, 4 associates-degree granting institutions, and 4 teaching-focused colleges. The goal of the consortium has been to study and promote reflection in engineering education through a focus on the use of reflection activities in engineering education contexts.

In CPREE’s first year, we documented 120 reflection activities used by engineering educators. These activities are available of the CPREE website as reflection field guides ( In the second year, we extended the use of reflection activities on all 12 campuses. Educators on the campuses made use of reflection activities in their teaching, and we counted the number of times that students were asked to engage in reflection. We documented over 81,000 student reflection experiences in our second year. Our preliminary evaluation results suggest this intervention has had impressive multi-level impact on the campuses of our diverse institutions.

In this workshop we will build on the documented CPREE reflection activities, as well as our experience working with educators to integrate reflection activities into their teaching. Specifically, workshop participants will

  1. examine reflection activities that have been conducted by engineering educators,
  2. explore strategies for choosing a reflection activity to integrate into teaching practices,
  3. practice adapting a reflection activity to one’s own teaching practice, and
  4. identify possible ways to use reflection activities in upcoming teaching.


Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
International Federation of Engineering Education Societies
Society of Engineering Education Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Supported By

Malaysia Council of Engineering Deans                Malaysia Ministry of Tourism And Culture                Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau                Malaysia Truly Asia

Silver Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Dassault Systemes
Math Works         EMGS         MMC Corporation Berhad

Technical Co-Sponsor

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers



Universiti Teknologi Petronas
Philippine Association of Engineering Schools       Universitas Indonesia       Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia       Universiti Sains Malaysia       Universiti Teknologi Mara       Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia